This week, MIT Technology Review published its annual list of the ten most important technology milestones of the past year. This year, Theodore Berger of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is recognized as a key contributor in the field of Memory Implants on the esteemed list.
Berger is a USC Viterbi professor, biomedical engineer, and neuroscientist specializing in neural prostheses or brain implants, neural basis of learning and memory, and ‘brain-like’ acoustic recognition technology. Much of his current research focuses on the hippocampus, a neural system essential for learning and memory functions, and he has successfully developed a way to turn memories on and off in rats by using an electronic system that duplicates the neural signals associated with memory.
MIT Technology Review’s Editor in Chief and Publisher, Jason Pontin stated, “Since 2001, our editors have carefully selected the technologies poised to make the greatest impact on the shape of innovation in the years to come and the organizations leading the charge in those fields. Theodore Berger is helping to define the way we think about experimentation showing it is possible to correct for memory loss with implanted electrodes.”
Berger holds the David Packard Chair in Engineering, is the Director of the USC Center for Neural Engineering, Associate Director of the National Science Foundation Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center, and a Fellow of the IEEE, the AAAS, and the AIMBE.
The complete feature package can be viewed on MIT Technology Review’s website and the print edition hits newsstands worldwide on May 7.
About the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. Consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, the school enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, taught by 177 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 60 endowed chairs and professorships. http://viterbi.usc.edu