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José del R. Millán, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Computer Science
Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain)


José del R. Millán, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School. He is also a professor and holds the Carol Cockrell Curran Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

He received a doctorate in computer science from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1992. Prior to joining UT Austin, he was a research scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy, and a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny, Switzerland. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University as well as the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley. Most recently, he was Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, where he helped establish the Center for Neuroprosthetics.

Millán has made several seminal contributions to the field of brain-machine interfaces, especially based on electroencephalogram signals. Most of his achievements revolve around the design of brain-controlled robots. He has received several recognitions for these pioneering achievements, notably the IEEE-SMC Norbert Wiener Award in 2011, elevation to IEEE Fellow in 2017 and elected Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. In addition to his work on the fundamentals of BMI and design of neuroprosthetics, Millán is prioritizing the translation of BMI to end-users who live with motor and cognitive disabilities. In parallel, he is designing BMI technology to offer new interaction modalities for people without disabilities.

Professional Affiliations
  • International Brain-Computer Society
    Founding Member; President, 2019-Present
  • IEEE Society
Awards & Honors
  • Fellow
    International Academy of Medical & Biological Engineering, 2020
  • Fellow
    IEEE, 2017
  • Bertha-und-Carl-Benz-Preis
    City of Mannheim, Germany, 2013
  • Norbert Wiener Award
    IEEE-SMC, 2011
  • Immersive Technology Award, Health Sciences
    Immersive Technology Summit, 2010