My research interests include learning prosthetic control and interactions between natural and artificial beings. My skills range from experimental neuro-electrophysiology to machine learning.
I am a senior scientist in the Translational Neural Engineering lab of the Center for Neuroprosthetics at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne). I collaborate very closely with the UPCOURTINE lab developing Brain-Spinal Interfaces. I am also project manager for the CLOsed-loop Neural prostheses for vestibular disorderS ( CLONS ) project.
I earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 2008. My thesis featured a novel brain-machine interface (BMI) architecture based on reinforcement learning. I joined the Computational NeuroEngineering Lab (CNEL) lab in 2004 and Neuroprosthetics Research Group (NRG) lab in 2006. Before graduate school, I worked at Burlington Electrical Testing Company in Croydon, PA. Prior to that, I earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University, University Park, in 2002.
In 2007, I received an NSF International Research in Engineering and Education grant and worked with the Sensory Motor Control Group (Cambridge University) and Advanced Robotics Technologies & Systems Lab (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna). I was supported throughout my PhD studies by the University of Florida Alumni Association Fellowship and National Science Foundation projects. I was a founding officer in the Gainesville IEEE EMBS chapter. I hold one patent (pending) in neuroprosthetic design and have authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers.
Curriculum Vitae [updated May 12, 2013]
The confusion with my first name
My first name is actually John; however, I have always been called Jack (an Irish nickname for John). I publish as Jack DiGiovanna.