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CogFest 2019 Screening and Panel Discussion

Featuring The Final Cut
(Omar Naim, 2004)

CogFest 2019

What would happen if we used a brain implant to record our life’s experiences? The feature film event of the Ohio State Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences’ two-day 2019 CogFest should interest cognitive scientists and anyone else curious about brain implants, neuroethics, human-computer interactions, technology and society, and the future of the mind. (104 mins., DCP)

After the film, we invite you to stay for a panel discussion with experts from Ohio State, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Duke University, as they explore topics ranging from brain implants to brain imaging, neural decoding, and bioethics. Audience members will be encouraged to partake in this thought-provoking conversation about how The Final Cut addresses key issues and concerns that cognitive scientists grapple with.


Julie Golomb is an Ohio State psychology professor and mentoring faculty member of the neuroscience graduate program. She directs the Ohio State Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, which employs human, behavioral, and computational cognitive neuroscience techniques to understand how dynamic visual information is represented in the brain. Dr. Golomb’s research focuses on interactions between attention, memory, perception, and eye movements. Her awards include a Sloan Research Fellowship as well as a Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the American Psychological Association.

Lydia Kwong received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at Ohio State, where she earned a research distinction for her thesis on the relationship between glucose consumption and attentional control, and then a master’s degree in bioethics and science policy at Duke University, where she served as a research fellow in the Science, Law, and Policy Lab (SLAPLAB) and a teaching assistant in neuroethics. Kwong has also interned at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, focusing on data privacy and protection.

Aleix Martinez is a professor in Ohio State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with an affiliation in Biomedical Engineering. He directs the Computational Biology and Cognitive Science Lab, which uses computational modeling, machine learning, brain imaging, and behavior to understand vision, learning, and linguistics. His awards include a Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award and a Google AI Faculty Research Award.

Gaurav Sharma is a biomedical and mechanical engineer who serves as a senior research scientist and as principal investigator on the NeuroLife Research and Development Program at Battelle. The NeuroLife project develops technologies for neuroprosthetics, sensorimotor rehabilitation, and bioelectronic medicine such as the “neural bridge” that restores limb control to a paralyzed patient by pairing a brain implant with a specialized sleeve. Dr. Sharma’s work has been covered widely in popular media and has garnered multiple R&D 100 awards.

More about the event

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Cognitive Science Club.

Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation


Past Talks & More

CogFest 2019 Screening and Panel Discussion