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A FREE virtual chat session hosted by NeurAlbertaTech. NAT Chat: Innovation in Neurotech is an accessible networking and speaker series focused on neurotechnology where we invite leaders across the field who will be presenting on their innovative solutions in the health sciences and consumer domains. At this event you will have the chance to win some exclusive NAT swag and more importantly, you will have the chance to build your network and expand your professional reach.

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Upcoming Chats

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Fall 2021 chats will be announced soon!

Speaker and talk information will be released as soon as the details are finalized.
We are just working out the last details for the fall NAT Chat series. Check back here soon and we will have updated information for all upcoming chats this semester.

Why Should You Attend?

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Raffle

We will be raffling off exciting prizes throughout the chats, such as:
 - NAT merch baskets (shirt, pen, mask, etc.)*
 - NAT workshop subscription for any stream

We will also be raffling off a grand prize EEG brain-computer interface* valued at $200+CAD!
The headset will be raffled off on March 18th, after the last chat of the semester. You will recieve 1 entry for the headset for every chat that you attend and 1 extra entry for every time that you RSVP within the earlybird RSVP period!

* Physical prizes will only be shipped to Canadian addresses. If you reside outside of Canada and win a physical prize, you may trade that in for a workshop subscription.

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Networking

Building a network is important! One of the strongesst factors contributing to successful job applications is your network. If you think you want to pursue a career in neurotech, neuroscience, or tech, this is the place to build your network! We bring in as many great minds as we can find from all of the fields we are involved in, and this is your chance to meet them.

Past Chats

Nat Chat 2021:
February 24th
5pm-7pm MST

If you are having trouble viewing the videos on mobile, please visit the YouTube playlist.

Keynote: Mike Ambinder

Mike is an experimental psychologist at Valve, focusing on BCIs and has worked on many of their games such as TF2 and Portal 2.

Stefan Chmelik

Stefan is the founder and creator of BioSelf Technology. Their product Sensate uses infrasound vagal nerve stimulation to improve subjective well-being amongst consumers.

Eli Kinney-Lang

Eli Kinney-Lang is a postdoc researcher at the UofC and is a part of the Pediatric BCI lab at the Alberta Children’s Hospital where he leads development of innovative BCIs for kids.

Ty McKinney

Ty is a co-founder of the mental health tech company 8-Bit Cortex where he focuses on gamifying mental health assessment.

Keynote: Mike Ambinder

Principal Experimental Psychologist at Valve
I’m an experimental psychologist at Valve who works on applying knowledge and methodologies from psychology to game design. I do a fair bit of statistical analysis on gameplay and Steam data, and these days I’m spending time on Brain-Computer Interface research. I’ve been at Valve since 2008 and have worked on basically every game/product we’ve released since then.

Stefan Chmelik

Founder at BioSelf Technology
Stefan Chmelik is a life-long meditator and a driven entrepreneur fully focussed on his mission to help build a world less full of fear. He has brought together these two personal drivers in the invention of Sensate, a technology designed to help almost anyone achieve a fast-track to optimal self-regulation in the conquest of anxiety. His career is now entirely devoted to enabling the optimisation of human resilience through the work of BioSelf Technology.

Eli Kinney-Lang

Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Calgary
Experienced postdoctoral researcher focused on driving forward design, development and realization of pediatric brain-computer interfaces (BCI). Skills include biomedical signal processing, multi-way analysis, machine learning, EEG acquisition and analysis, BCI gamification and design.

Ty McKinney

Co-Founder at 8 Bit Cortex
Ty is currently completing his PhD at the University of Utah with a research focus on brain health assessment. Ty is thrilled to be co-founder of 8 Bit Cortex, a mental health tech start up, and adapt his research expertise to creating accessible and affordable mental health services. Ty is also the Research Director for Branch Out Neurological Foundation, a non-profit that accelerates non-pharmaceutical and tech-based solutions to neurological and mental health disorders. Finally, Ty is also a consultant with ConsciousWorks to promote brain health in the workplace. Through these positions, Ty has cultivated project management, research, science communication, programming skills (In order of skill: R, Matlab, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python), and entrepreneurial thinking with an eye for the clinical impact.

Nat Chat 2021:
January 20th
5pm-7pm MST

If you are having trouble viewing the videos on mobile, please visit the YouTube playlist.

Keynote: Mikhail Lebedev

With over 100 publications, decades of cutting-edge research at esteemed institutions, and a multitude of coveted awards, Dr. Lebedev has investigated all levels of brain function from cellular to cortical, with a focus on somatosensory and motor cortices. He has developed bi-directional BCIs that simultaneously read brain activity and deliver sensory information. Mikhail is currently Scientific Head of the Center for Bioelectrical Interfaces, part of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at HSE in Moscow.

Andreas Forsland

Andreas is Founder and CEO of Cognixion where he is providing the hundreds of millions of people with communication disabilities a way to express their voice. Cognixion creates natural interfaces powered by AI to facilitate and improve communication. In addition to Speakprose, a mobile app that uses gestures and eye-tracking to build sentences, the team is developing an entirely wireless BCI with integrated AR.

Cayden Pierce

Cayden helps people upgrade their thinking by creating wearable BCIs and is currently the BCI Lead at Blueberry. Blueberry is building BCI glasses that allow continuous brain state monitoring to help users make better work, break, and rest decisions, overall increasing productivity and satisfaction.

Jacob Flood

Originally an engineer, Jacob transitioned towards productivity and science; author of the book Study Smart, founder of a SaaS tutoring company, and now Founder and CEO of Eno. Eno is improving focused productivity with elegant and innovative BCIs for everyday use.

Joseph Artuso

Coming from a Political Science degree at Columbia University, Joseph has honed his marketing and communication skills at companies across the globe including Salesforce, AppNexus, and WPP. Joseph previously managed digital marketing for OpenBCI and now directs OpenBCI’s commercialization and communication strategies.

Keynote: Mikhail Lebedev

Scientific Head at National Research University — Higher School of Economics
Mikhail works in the fields of Neurophysiology and Brain-Computer Interfaces. He has more than 100 publications. He has a MS degree in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1986) and a PhD degree in Neurobiology from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 1986-1991, Lebedev conducted research on motor control in Victor Gurfinkel's laboratory at the Institute for Problems of Information Transmission. In 1991-1995, during his stay in Memphis, he investigated single-unit activity in the somatosensory cortex and basal ganglia of awake, behaving primates. In 1995-1995, Lebedev conducted research at SISSA, Trieste, Italy, where he examined plasticity in rat somatosensory cortex. In 1997-2002, Lebedev worked at NIMH, Bethesda, Maryland.

Andreas Forsland

Founder and CEO of Cognixion
Cognixion has been internationally recognized for its innovation and use of exponential technologies to solve a social and healthcare global challenge - affecting the lives of 509 million people* affected by speech disabilities. Cognixion has won the prestigious Roddenberry Prize, the Gold Edison Award for Social Impact, the Global Elevate Award and the Singularity University Global Grand Challenge for Education for its potential to impact over a billion lives.

Cayden Pierce

BCI Lead at Blueberry
Cayden Pierce develops wearable computers and BCI to help people upgrade their thinking. He's the BCI Lead at Blueberry, building BCI glasses to help users upgrade their output by making better work, break, and rest decisions throughout the day.

Jacob Flood

Founder and CEO of Eno
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Joseph Artuso

Director Of Marketing & Business Development at OpenBCI
Drawing on experience in sales, marketing, and consulting, Joseph is responsible for guiding OpenBCI's commercialization and communication strategies. Prior to joining OpenBCI full-time, Joseph managed OpenBCI's digital marketing as a consultant while working in the US and EMEA at market-leading companies such as Salesforce, AppNexus, and WPP. After returning from living in London, Joseph also briefly coordinated a series of innovative art and music events in NYC. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.