Siranush Babakhanova, Xapiens Co-Founder and Co-Director | MIT’20 Physics and CS,Ed Boyden’s Synthetic Neurobiology group at Media Lab
I am currently a student at MIT and taking courses at Harvard. I envision myself devoting the majority of my professional life researching methods for human augmentation, brain-machine interfaces and environment design to respond the present-day demands of extreme environment exploration (such as Deep Ocean and Space) as well as communication development (brain-brain or brain-AI) to try to solve the most important socio-economic questions and, hopefully, push the boundaries of humankind.
Logan H Ford, Xapiens Co-Founder and Alumnus Co-Director | Currently Software Engineer at Scale AI, MIT’18 CS, Spoken Language Systems group at CSAIL
I completed my bachelor’s degree at MIT this past June in Computer Science and am now a M. Eng. candidate with a focus in artificial intelligence. I’m currently working on my Thesis with the Spoken Language Systems group at CSAIL on general acoustic scene analysis. Previously I co-founded Klarity, a YC company using machine learning to analyze legal contracts. I was drawn to human enhancement topics because of both the cutting edge technology it involves and the larger implications of its development.
Joshua Ramette, Xapiens Co-Director | MIT Physics PhD Student, MIT/Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms
Studying physics and mathematics as an undergrad, my research background includes instrumentation for gravitational wave astrophysics with the LIGO collaboration, experimental particle physics with ATLAS at CERN, and radio astronomy for low frequency gravitational wave searches with the NANOGrav collaboration. Currently I work on cavity quantum electrodynamics as well as novel techniques for laser cooling to quantum degeneracy with Vladan Vuletic. In addition to physics and the fundamental principles of the universe, I am also interested in the history of humanity and where human augmentation may take us in the future.
Loyd Waites, Xapiens Co-Director | RPI ‘16 in Physics, MIT PhD student, Janet Conrad's High Energy, Particle and Neutrino Physics Group
I received my bachelors in physics at RPI with a wide research background including theoretical astrophysics, NMR/low field MRI, and experimental particle physics. After graduating I worked for a year as technical staff at a non-profit government contractor, Draper Laboratory, where I gained experience in image processing, experimental optics and biophysics. I was granted the privilege of being named a Draper Fellow, funding in entirety my graduate tuition and stipend. I met Professor Conrad and her amazing group doing revolutionary research in neutrino physics, and when I was accepted to MIT I joined her group. My wide interests led to my joining Xapiens. Human enhancement has been a passion of mine, and getting to be more involved in the field is a great opportunity.
Thomas Hartke, Xapiens Co-Director | Princeton’17 Physics, MIT Physics PhD Student, MIT/Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms
In undergrad, I focused on advancing novel quantum computing hardware created from single electrons trapped in solid-state quantum dots. Now at MIT I study even smaller and colder systems, working with single atoms at nanokelvin temperatures to understand the underlying mechanisms of quantum materials such as high-temperature superconductors. In addition, I am broadly interested in how technology will influence future societies, for example by improving and expanding methods of education and more radically through human augmentation.
Kate Flanagan, Xapiens Co-Director | Neuroscience BS transitioning into MechE, RA at Mechanics of Slender Structures Lab
My interests span a broad and dynamic range of subjects including engineering, neuroscience, machine learning, data analysis, and aesthetic appeal. As I begin my graduate studies in engineering, my dream is to combine these interests into a career. I am especially concerned with novel approaches to transforming neural and environmental data into useful parameters to drive robotic prosthetics and other assistive devices.
MJ Antonini, Xapiens Co-Director | Ph.D Candidate in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics at the Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology Program, Polina Anikeeva’s Lab
Born and raised in Corsica, France, I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in mechanical and industrial engineering at Arts & Métiers ParisTech, and then pursued a M.Sc in biomedical engineering at the Imperial College London, and learned neurosciences while studying neuronal dysfunction in an animal model of Huntington’s Disease at the McGovern Institute at MIT. I currently working in Polina Anikeeva's lab on the development of polymer fibers for multimodal neural recording and stimulation. In addition to Brain machine interface, my interests revolves the different ways to improve the human condition, through technology development as well as social and economic impact.
Mathias Backsaether, Xapiens Alumnus Co-Director | MIT ASP, Peter Diamandis Strike Force Fellow
I had 3 years of undergrad studies in nanotechnology and space technology from Norway before I came to MIT. Here I am a student of the Advanced Study Program (ASP) and take courses focusing on human intelligence, neuroengineering and entrepreneurship. Back in Norway I have organized a SpaceUp, led the team making the first autonomous race car in the Nordics and graduated a Seargent from the Norwegian Home Guard. This year my interest in Brain-Computer Interfaces has blossomed and I’m tinkering on ideas for how we can connect with machines and each other in the future.