IEEE Foundation Has Reached 60 Percent of Its Fundraising Goal

The Realize the Full Potential of IEEE fundraising campaign aims to raise US $30 Million by next year

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IEEE PES Scholarship scholar Stephanie Avendano shown during an internship at Southern California Edison.
IEEE Student Member Stephanie Avendano, an IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative Scholar, was able to secure an internship at Southern California Edison, in Rosemead., thanks to donations to the Realize the Potential of IEEE fundraising campaign.
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THE INSTITUTEIn a little more than a year, the IEEE Foundation has received more than half of its fundraising goal of US $30 million. So far, donors have contributed $18 million in support of IEEE programs since the launch of IEEE’s first fundraising campaign, Realize the Full Potential of IEEE in February 2018.

Funds generated by the campaign will help increase technological access, innovation, and engagement through a variety of far-reaching global initiatives designed to transform lives through the power of technology and education.

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This Implant Turns Brain Waves Into Words

A brain-computer interface deciphers commands intended for the vocal tract

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A man using an interface, looking at a screen with words on it.

A paralyzed man who hasn’t spoken in 15 years uses a brain-computer interface that decodes his intended speech, one word at a time.

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A computer screen shows the question “Would you like some water?” Underneath, three dots blink, followed by words that appear, one at a time: “No I am not thirsty.”

It was brain activity that made those words materialize—the brain of a man who has not spoken for more than 15 years, ever since a stroke damaged the connection between his brain and the rest of his body, leaving him mostly paralyzed. He has used many other technologies to communicate; most recently, he used a pointer attached to his baseball cap to tap out words on a touchscreen, a method that was effective but slow. He volunteered for my research group’s clinical trial at the University of California, San Francisco in hopes of pioneering a faster method. So far, he has used the brain-to-text system only during research sessions, but he wants to help develop the technology into something that people like himself could use in their everyday lives.

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