Founder & CEO, Koniku
Oshiorenoya Agabi (Founder & CEO, Koniku Inc.), has over 10+ years of experience in neuroelectronic interfacing in industry and academia. As a strategic program lead at a robotics startup in Switzerland (Neuronics AG, acquired in 2008), Osh implemented learning algorithms for pick-and-place robots which worked alongside humans in a factory setting. The team achieved significant success in developing robots that learn object categorisation autonomously.
Osh also led a cross disciplinary industry team to develop an in vitro reflex arc for modelling implantable neural chips. These chips interfaced with the peripheral nervous system. The project was completed with a successful design of an implantable chip lasting 30-40 years. He led applications of liquid state machines to biological neurons on chip, this was completed for the first time in 2004 at the ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule). He applied criteria for computability of biological neurons in vitro.
As a visiting scholar and PhD candidate at the Imperial College in London, Osh built and customised 2 photon microscopes for studying synaptic transmission in the mouse visual cortex. He also worked on developing micro addressable spots for stimulating optogenetic neurons, a random access laser pixel for programming neurons in the mouse brain. This will help us better understand the mapping of visual signals from the thalamus to the visual cortex using a ‘thalamocortical’ slice in vitro. That is, “the various stages or relay stations of visual information processing in the brain.”