Paul Verschure

Paul Verschure

Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya

Engineering Sciences

Dr. Paul Verschure leads the Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems Laboratory, hosted by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalunya. Paul has received his MA and Ph.D. in Psychology and pursued his research at different leading institutes in Europe and the US and manages a team of over 30 researchers and technicians with whom he has published over 350 articles in leading journals and conferences in a range of disciplines. Paul is regularly invited as a speaker at relevant scientific conferences and international policy events, a consultant for the European Commission, board member of three journals and reviews for a number of relevant journals and conferences. Paul is founder/CEO of Eodyne Systems S.L, which is commercializing neurorehabilitation, education and cultural heritage technologies, founder/Chairman of the Future Memory Foundation and founder/Chairman of the Convergent Science Network Foundation.

Research interests

His scientific goal is to generate a unified theory of mind and brain and body. Relying on synthetic methods and delivering science grounded technologies that support and advance the human condition added to the applicationn for developing novel real-world technologies and quality of life-enhancing applications. At Specs-Lab activities are organized along seven dimensions: ·Architecture of mind and brain ·Computational neuroscience ·Robotics ·Neuroinformatics ·Human neurophysiology ·Neurorehabilitation ·Education and cultural heritage.

The unique synergy between basic and applied science realized in Specs has generated new insights into the organization of mind and brain and provided solutions in neurorehabilitation, education, and cultural heritage used by thousands of people.

Selected publications

– Wiers R.W., Paul F.M.J. Verschure, 2020, “Curing the broken brain model of addiction: Neurorehabilitation from a systems perspective” Addictive Behaviors, vol. 1, no. 12, pp 106602

– Puigbò J-Y., Arsiwalla X.D., González-Ballester M.A., Paul F.M.J. Verschure, 2020, “Switching Operation Modes in the Neocortex via Cholinergic Neuromodulation“. Molecular Neurobiology, vol. 57, no. 1, pp 139-149.

– Maier M., Ballester B.R., Bañuelos N.L., Oller E.D., Paul F.M.J. Verschure, 2020, “Adaptive conjunctive cognitive training (ACCT) in virtual reality for chronic stroke patients: a randomized controlled pilot trial“. Journal of neuro-engineering and rehabilitation, Springer, vol.17, no. 1, pp 42.

– López-Carral H., Grechuta K., Paul F.M.J. Verschure, 2020, “Subjective ratings of emotive stimuli predict the impact of the COVID-19 quarantine on affective states“. PLoS ONE vol. 15, nº 8, pp e0237631.

Selected research activities

· Rehabilitation Gaming System – RGS –

· Brainx3 Software

· Device for monitoring a physics system Patent

· Dissemination – . SPECS has been developing multimodal and interactive installations since 1998. Over 35 performances, exhibitions, and events. Largest one: Ada Sentient Space visited by > 500K visitors. Most recent installations focus on conservation and presentation of the history of Holocaust and Nazi crimes.