ICAN 2020 | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN2020)

International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN2020)


The theme of ICAN 2020 focuses on merging advancements in understanding the computational skills of the brain. Among these are the development of mathematical algorithms that translate computational parameters into the language of machines and the availability of high density and throughput data capture analysis schemes into the creation of human-like robotic learning and intelligence.

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Dean's Welcome Message

The College of Health and Life Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University is pleased to serve as host of ICAN 2020, a stellar conference with highly recognized international participants. This year’s conference theme “Human Brain-Inspired Robotics” integrates rapidly developing knowledge across the fields of AI, neurotechnology and neuroscience.  

The conference is unique in building academic and research partnerships, not only among neuroscientists and engineers, but across well-known research centers at New York University, the University of Michigan, the University of Freiburg, the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, University College London, the University of Puerto Rico, and the University of Hamburg. 

We are pleased to provide a platform facilitating the exchange of knowledge and invite those interested to participate and share their contributions and insights. 

We look forward to welcoming you.

Dr. Edward Stuenkel
Dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences
Hamad Bin Khalifa University 

Chair's Welcome Message

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the 5th International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN), which will be held at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Education City, Qatar from March 2-3, 2020. 

The College of Health and Life Sciences at HBKU is pleased to extend the international presence of this conference to Qatar. ICAN was originally developed as part of a National Science Foundation grant that supports the partnership of several international academic and research institutes to advance the development and application of neurotechnology to understand the functioning of the human brain. Since its inception, ICAN meetings  have been held successfully in Germany, South Korea, as well as the United States. 

This year’s ICAN meeting addresses a critical area for the future of societies interacting with and benefitting from “Human Brain-Inspired Robotics.” The two day program covers issues ranging from AI, deep learning, brain-machine interfaces, artificial vision, and building intelligent robots reflecting the operation of human brains. The program will showcase progress and discoveries with these new technologies that are developing novel sensors of neuronal activity and effective actuators for closed-loop brain control guiding novel windows on the brain. 

The conference is expected to engage participants from across the technological, scientific and industrial disciplines from local and international institutes and sectors. ICAN includes internationally recognized plenary keynote speakers, an interactive panel discussion, and sessions of focused research talks within the field of AI, neurotechnology, and neuroscience. The conference provides a forum for the exchange of technical information along with prospectives on the development of robotics that reflect cognitive processes aligned to human intelligence. The program also includes an interactive poster session, a celebratory dinner, and a social event introducing participants to the unique cultural tapestry and other spectacular enjoyments of Qatar.  

We are striving to make ICAN a provocative, informative and enjoyable conference, and we look forward to welcoming you in Qatar. 

György Buzsáki & Euisik Yoon