Theodore W. Berger

  • Holder of the David Packard Chair in Engineering
  • Director, Center for Neural Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Professor of biomedical engineering
Office: (310) 791-3808 (home office)

Expertise Summary

Biomedical engineer and neuroscientist specializing in neural prostheses, neural basis of learning and memory and “brain-like” acoustic recognition technology


  • neural prostheses / brain implants
  • biomimetic systems / acoustic recognition technology
  • experimental and theoretical approaches to developing mathematical models of mammalian neural systems
  • neural representation and computation
  • neurophysiology of memory and learning
  • nonlinear systems analysis of hippocampal network
  • electrophysiology
  • computational neurobiology
  • neural engineering

Additional Information

  • Co-editor, Toward Replacement Parts for the Brain: Implantable Electronics as the Next Era in Neural Prosthetics (2001)
  • Testbed leader, NSF Engineering Research Center in Biomimetic Electronic Systems (2003)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American; Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow in Basic Research (neurosciences) (1978)
  • Co-Founder, Safety Dynamics LLC (2003)
  • Recipient, Lockheed Senior Research Award, USC Viterbi School of Engineering (1997); NIMH Research Scientist Development Award (1981,1988); McKnight Foundation Scholar Award in the neurosciences (1980); James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences (1978)
  • Named Person of the Year, AARP (2004); IEEE CAS Society Distinguished Lecturer (2003); National Academy of Sciences International Scientist Lecturer (2003)