Sheila Nirenberg


What if robots could process visual information the way humans do? 


Sheila Nirenberg is a professor of neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the founder of two start-up companies– one that develops new visual prostheses, and one that develops smart robots. Her lab at the university focuses on the basic science of visual processing, and her companies take what’s learned in the lab and use it to develop solutions to real world problems. She’s won numerous awards for innovative research, including a MacArthur Genius Award. Her work on cracking the neural code of the retina has been featured in a TED talk, a BBC documentary, a PBS documentary, the Discovery Channel, and Scientific American. 


Machine vision patent
Nirenberg, S, Bomash, I. (notice of allowance, Oct, 2016) Publication number: WO2013029008 A1 

Retina prosthesis patent
Nirenberg, S., Ohiorhenuan, I., and Pandarinath, C. (issued 2015) Publication number: US9180309 B

The code that may treat blindness
BBC Future. 2014.

MacArthur Genius Working to Bring Sight to the Blind
Basu T. National Geographic. 2013. 

Retinal prosthetic strategy with the capacity to restore normal vision
Nirenberg S, Pandarinath C. PNAS. 2012;109(37). 

A prosthetic eye to treat blindness
Nirenberg S. TEDMED 2011. 2011.