Robert Luke has a diverse work experience in the fields of science and engineering. Robert started their career as a researcher at Bionics Institute in 2010, where they worked until 2011. After that, they joined Honeywell as a Control Systems Engineer for a year. In 2016, they transitioned to Cirrus Logic as a Senior DSP Researcher and stayed there until 2018. During this time, they also worked as a Research Fellow at Macquarie University and Bionics Institute from 2018 to 2022. Currently, they are employed at AE Studio as a Senior Data Scientist in the BCI (Brain-Computer Interface) division and will assume the role of Chief BCI Scientist in 2023. Robert Luke obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Physics from the University of Melbourne from 2006 to 2011. Later, they pursued a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Neuroscience from KU Leuven, where they studied from 2012 to 2016. In 2014, they also briefly attended the Ruhr University Bochum, focusing on the Institute of Communication Acoustics.
Rob Luke discusses the importance of security, cryptography, and AI for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). He highlights the need for robust BCI models whilst ensuring privacy and protecting neurodata. He explains how BCIs work, involving implanted arrays in the brain that measure signals from neurons and transmit them to a computer for decoding – AI plays a crucial role in enhancing information extraction. Next, Luke addresses privacy and security challenges, advocating for open and distributed systems with verifiable encryption. Generally, he emphasizes the need for technical systems to ensure cooperation, security, and privacy in training and generating models for neurodata.