Professor Randal Koene co-founded the non-profit organization Carboncopies.org and head the Rebrain part of the Avatar project. He is also a co-founder of the Neural Engineering Corporation of Massachusetts. Prior to this, he headed the analysis efforts of the ambitious Silicon Valley nanotechnology start-up Halcyon Molecular. Before that, he has been the director of the Department of Neuroengineering at Tecnalia, third largest private research organisation in Europe, and was a research Professor at the Center for Memory and Brain of Boston University. His research objective is whole brain emulation, creating the large-scale high-resolution representations and emulations of activity in neuronal circuitry that are needed in patient-specific neuroprostheses. The Department of Neuroengineering of the Fatronik-Tecnalia Foundation was focused on research in neuro-adaptive control, with robotics applications, and research in neural recording, interfaces and feedback.
Professor Koene's professional background includes computational neuroscience, psychology, information theory, electrical engineering and physics. He is presently devoting his efforts to the roadmap and accomplishment of Whole Brain Emulation. He is organizing neural engineering efforts to obtain and replicate function and structure information that resides in the neural substrate for use in neuroprostheses and neural interfaces.
Professor Koene received his Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology at McGill University, and his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a specialisation in Information Theory at Delft University of Technology, after having studied Physics at the University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the Oxford working group that convened in 2007 to create a first roadmap toward whole brain emulation.