Neurotechnology (NT) focuses on the operationalization of a broad set of concepts, methods, artificial systems and technologies that aim to understand, interact with, repair, enhance, directly influence and be directly influenced by the brain and behavior. In other words, NT represents technology from the brain, for the brain, with the brain and inspired by the brain. Consequently, NT provides strategic bridges between a range of disciplines, including neuroscience, medicine, engineering, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and robotics. In addition, it links to philosophy, ethics and law. Therefore, NT not only impacts science and innovation, and from there, market and economy, but it also impacts the society via technological advances in e.g., learning and education, and systemic influences on e.g., healthcare and ecology. NT is considered to be one of the most impactful multidisciplinary fields both currently and in the long-term.
", The European University of Brain and Technology is the torch bearer prestigious European Union supported university alignment in the field of neurotechnology. Its founding partners are Radboud University, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Karolinska Institutet, University of Bonn, Boğazici University, University of Oxford, Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy and University of Debrecen. NeurotechEU also has numerous associated institutions from academic, industrial, public and governmental domains forming a major ecosystem determined to develop technological and societal innovation for Europe and the globe.
NeurotechEU defines NT comprehensively to be comprised of 8 dimensions
: (1) Empirical & Clinical Neuroscience, (2) Theoretical Neuroscience, (3) Neuromorphic Computing, (4) Neuromorphic Control & Neurorobotics, (5) Neuroinformatics, (6) Neuroprosthetics, (7) Clinical Neurotechnology and (8) Neurometaphysics.
NeurotechEU focuses on research and development in 8 neurochallenges
: (i) Health & Healthcare, (ii) Learning & Education, (iii) Nutrition & Cognition, (iv) Biological & Artificial Intelligence, (v) Neurotechnology & Big Data, (vi) Public & Ethics, (vii) Economy & Ecology and (viii) Smart Cities.
Based on such global NT impact potential and NeurotechEU approach and perspectives, the aims of this Research Topic are twofold:
(I) To bring together highly elaborate NT field characterizing/defining papers (e.g., perspectives, reviews, opinion papers, commentaries and case reports) addressing the dimensions and neurochallenges that NeurotechEU identifies as key NT elements.
(II) To open the floor to high quality research and innovation based scientific papers (e.g., original research and case reports) addressing specific implementations of NT.