Zac Spalding


PhD Student

My interests in neural engineering grew from seeing how a patient’s neural signals could be harnessed to restore motor ability to those who have lost such functions. From this, I became fascinated by how advances in signal processing enabled brain-computer interfaces to perform increasingly complex tasks for patient rehabilitation. As an undergraduate, I explored methods for seizure detection using neural signals at the University of Pennsylvania. My graduate research at the Viventi Lab involves using high-density micro-ECoG electrodes to decode speech information from the auditory structure of the brain. From this, we aim to develop a neural prosthetic to restore speech to paralyzed patients who cannot speak. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking with my wife and ice skating.