José del R. Millán

Defitech Foundation Chair
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Dr. José del R. Millán joined the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2009, where he holds the Defitech Foundation Chair and directs the Brain-Machine Interface Laboratory. He received a PhD in computer science from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1992. Previously, he was a research scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy) and a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny (Switzerland). He has also been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Berkeley and Stanford as well as at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley.

Dr. Millán has made several seminal contributions to the field of BMI, especially based on electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. Most of his achievements revolve around the design of brain-controlled robots. He has received several recognitions for these seminal and pioneering achievements, most recently the IEEE-SMC Nobert Wiener Award in 2011 and elevation to IEEE Fellow in 2017.