Sliman Bensmaia, University of Chicago, USA
Dr. Sliman Bensmaia received a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia in 1995, and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 2003, under the tutelage of Dr. Mark Hollins. He then worked in the laboratory of Dr. Kenneth Johnson, at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, first as a postdoctoral fellow then as an Associate Research Scientist. In 2009, Dr. Bensmaia joined the faculty of the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago, where he is also a member of the Committees on Neurobiology and on Computational Neuroscience. Bensmaia is a leading expert on the neural basis of somatosensation – including the senses of touch and proprioception – in human and non-human primates, which his laboratory investigates by combining psychophysics, neurophysiology, and computational modeling. He also seeks to apply insights from basic science to develop approaches to convey sensory feedback through neural interfaces for use in bionic hands.
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