NeuroNight: Cocktails & Connectomes

Discover how Google is using Artificial Intelligence to build comprehensive maps of connections within the brain, alongside other cutting-edge neurotech demos.

Image courtesy Viren Jain and Michal Januszewski of Google AI

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


July 26, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$15 - $20

Join us for a drink as we explore the latest in neuroscience and AI — from tech that looks deep within the brain to the complexities of the mind and body.

Discover how Google is working with the Max Planck Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute towards building comprehensive maps of connections within the brain; how the design for brain-computer interfaces at Campus Biotech benefits from art-science research, and see demos of new technology built around neuroscience.

We’ll mark the closing of the Mental Work showroom with talks from researchers exploring the brain in new and novel ways, with drinks, a DJ, and hands-on demos.

Cocktails & alcohol-free beverages will be available.


6:30pm — doors open
7:00pm — talks
8:30pm — demos, cocktails, music
10:00pm — doors close


Viren Jain, Google AI

Viren Jain is a Research Scientist at Google in Mountain View, California where he leads a team pursuing advances in high-throughput, synaptic-resolution brain mapping. Prior to Google, Viren was a Group Leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia Research Campus. Viren holds a PhD in Computation from MIT and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania.



  • José del R. Millán of EPFL at Campus Biotech will present preliminary observations from EEG data collected at the San Francisco edition of Mental Work via video.
  • Marisa Elliott of Wearable Sensing will present dry-electrode wireless EEG headsets designed for speed and ease of use in real-world environments. The technology is used in our Mental Work exhibition and for research, neurofeedback, brain-computer interfaces, neuromarketing and more.
  • RE/ME, a DART-supported project developed by a team of artists and scientists, is a tool that uses carefully designed patterns of touch and sound to positively influence the perception of a person’s own body. The technology can also be used to create imaginative perceptions of one’s physical size and shape.
  • Houssem Ben Mahfoudh (University of Geneva) presents his bio-inspired work on strongly decentralized but interconnected systems.


  • Elexos Park, a new project from SF based Producer & DJ Ryan Merry (formerly Ghosts on Tape), co-founder and resident DJ at Vague Terrain.


The swissnex San Francisco edition of Mental Work is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Bertarelli Foundation, which tackles some the biggest challenges in neuroscience and marine conservation. Based in Switzerland, it supports research at Harvard Medical School and Campus Biotech, a neuroscience center in Geneva established by the Bertarelli family, the Wyss Foundation, the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the University of Geneva. Part of the Swiss Touch campaign, Mental Work receives additional support from Wearable Sensing and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Mental Work

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