I am currently a graduate student in the Bioengineering department at UW, working with Jeff Ojemann of the Neurosurgery department and Rajesh Rao of the Computer Science department. From the 10,000 foot view, my research centers around how we can make brain-computer interfaces work better; specifically, I am focused on how distributed (i.e. extra-motor) population-level cortical signals can be leveraged to make BCIs more effective. This is a neat line of work, because it combines machine learning, software development and cognitive neuroscience - with a dash of digital signal processing and circuit design thrown in.
Previously, I received two B.S. degrees in computer and electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. After completing my undergraduate work, I was fortunate to have a variety of adventures before begninning graduate school. I worked in a research lab in Milan, Italy helping develop an automated stroke rehabilitation system. I also worked for a biopharmaceutical OEM in Apex, NC, played music professionally and spent a year and a half building homes for impoverished families in Costa Rica with my awesome wife, Leslie.
At the UW, I participate in a variety of extra-curriculur activities in order to develop breadth while I'm working toward my PhD: I have held various positions within the UW Science and Engineering Business Association (SEBA) and I'm very active with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE). I am also an avid woodworker, I sang with the UW men's glee club, and I play as much ultimate frisbee as possible.
Contact: jdwander . at . uw.edu / Linkedin