Great Voyage in Neuroengineering

Rui Ma
Email: r5ma at ucsd dot edu
Phone: 858-534-8642

2008 Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2008 M.S. in Applied Mathematics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2004 B.S. in Neurobiology and Biophysics, University of Science and Technology of China

My name is Rui Ma. I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). My postdoc advisor is Associate Prof. Todd Coleman.

My current research topics include: (1) stretchable skin-like bio-electronics for ambulatory health monitoring and as neural interfaces (published in Science), (2) Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) based on optimal control and feedback information theory (published in IEEE Trans. Neural Systems & Rehab. Eng.), as well as (3) new applied mathematics models and solutions, inspired by BCIs (published in professional engineering journals and conferences). Based on my translational work pertaining to skin-like electronics and their uses in neurology, I have recently been listed on two provisional patents that are now being licensed by a company.  

I am also currently one of two Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients from the National Science Foundation’s Science & Technology Center on the Science of Information.  With this funding, I am leading our fundamental neuro-scientific research in human subjects and animal models, using BCI as a tool to understand information representation and processing in the brain, and to explore new possibilities for intelligence augmentation. 

I received Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), studying the neurophysiology of a mid-brain nucleus in the oculomotor control system using awake behaving cats. I showed that the activity of this nucleus encodes invisible target positions (see my paper in J. Neurophysiology). I also received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics at UIUC, with coursework in Control Theory, Probability Theory and Optimization. I was a lecturer for one semester teaching the “Techniques in Biological Psychology” to 24 undergraduate students, and elected to the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students”. My undergrad Alma Mater was the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).