The Brain Research Center (BRC) at NCTU dedicated to research excellence was founded in 2003 with the support of the University System of Taiwan, a university alliance in Taiwan formed by National Central University (NCU), National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU), National Tsing-Hua University (NTHU), and National Yang-Ming University (NYMU). The bilateral collaboration between BRC and the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego (SCCN, UCSD) has lasted for more than seven years, and both centers have made significant breakthroughs in cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and neuroergonomics.
Interdisciplinary research or studies must be carried out th-rough the collaboration and integration among multiple resear-ch disciplines. BRC at NCTU is devoted to a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research in Cognitive Neuroengineering, through the integration of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Information Technology, and Cognitive Science. In fundamental research, for instance, BRC at NCTU employs dynamic, visual or auditory stimuli to investigate the neural correlates/mechanism of attention and decision making. In applied research, BRC at NCTU devises brainmachine interfaces for not only enhancing the efficiency of human per-formance, but also improving the cognitive abilities in diffe-rent or stressful environments. Furthermore, for the aging population, BRC at NCTU has developed living spaces with high quality, and has innovated adaptively assistive technologies that can meet the needs of the aging and reduce the inconvenience caused by the deterioration in cognitive and brain function. The fundamental research on the neural mechanism of the aging brain has been conducted as well.
BRC at NCTU has been active in publishing papers in many internationally leading journals, such as Proceedings of the IEEE and NeuroImage. More than six bilaterally and inter-nationally collaborative research projects have been funded. Every year, for instance, NCTU and UCSD will make at least four times of exchange visits and hold many times of video conferences. With the funding of the Partnership Pro-gram provided by the National Science Council Taiwan, several post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students at BRC will visit SCCN at UCSD for short-tem collaborative research.
BRC at NCTU is devoted to enhancing the abilities of natural cognition, the research topic includes:
l The development of wireless portable embedded system
l The development of bio-sensor technology
l Investigation of the cognitive and neural mechanism of driving behavior
l Computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence algorithm