Dr. Christopher J. Rozell is an educator and researcher developing technology to enable interactions between biological and artificial intelligence systems. Dr. Rozell is an educator and researcher developing technology to enable closed-loop interactions between biological and artificial intelligence systems. The publications from his 20 years of research experience combine aspects of neuroscience, neuroengineering, control theory, signal processing and machine learning to advance our understanding of brain function, the engineering of effective therapies, and the development of more intelligent AI systems. The innovative applications of this work range from novel neuromodulation approaches to treat neurologic disorders, to the innovation of next-generation hyperefficient computing approaches based on models of biological neural networks. Beyond his technical contributions, Dr. Rozell's scholarly activity includes research and creative work that advances public engagement on the ethics and policy issues around emerging areas such as AI, neurotechnology, and neuroethics.
Dr. Rozell is currently the Julian T. Hightower Chair and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds appointments on the Graduate Program Faculty in Biomedical Engineering and the Adjunct Faculty in the School of Interactive Computing. Dr. Rozell is proud to be a first-generation scholar who is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our educational instituions and scientific communities. He is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Neuromatch, Inc., a global nonprofit increasing access to scientific knowledge through inclusive conferences and summer schools. He previously held the Demetrius T. Paris Junior Professorship and was co-Director of the Georgia Tech Neural Engineering Center.
Dr. Rozell received a B.S.E. degree in Computer Engineering and a B.F.A. degree in Music (Performing Arts Technology) in 2000 from the University of Michigan. He attended graduate school at Rice University, receiving the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Following graduate school he joined the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral scholar. The research group he founded (Sensory Information Processing Lab -- SIPLab) trains scholars who go on to careers in academic, industry and public policy settings, and the research of the lab has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. In 2014, Dr. Rozell was one of six international recipients of the Scholar Award in Studying Complex Systems from the James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Science Initiative, as well as receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award. In addition to his research activity, Dr. Rozell has received a number of awards recognizing excellence in teaching and outreach, including the Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award (2019; the highest teaching award at GT), the CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2013), the Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award (2020), and the ECE Outreach Award (2020).