Romy Lorenz

Cognitive Neuroscience – Neuroadaptive Technology – Art x Neuroscience


I am a cognitive neuroscientist with a multidisciplinary background in psychology and biomedical engineering.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Lab (C3NL) at Imperial College London. In September this year, I will take up my 4-year long Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with John Duncan at Cambridge University (UK) and Russ Poldrack at Stanford University (US).

Broadly speaking, my research interest lies in developing brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and artificial intelligence (AI) using different neuroimaging techniques and by applying machine learning. Rather than looking at BCIs through the lens of assistive technology though, I am passionate about using BCIs as a new experimental paradigm in cognitive neuroscience.

I received my PhD from Imperial College London in June 2017, under the supervision of Robert Leech. For my PhD, I have developed an “AI neuroscientist” – a novel BCI for optimizing experimental design by combining real-time fMRI with Bayesian optimization.

Alongside my research, I am working as a co-director for AXNS, a  curatorial collective interested in the intersection between neuroscience and art.



Upcoming talks

24 Mar ’18         TEDxNTUA, Athens, Greece

16 May ’18         Pint of Science, London, UK

12 Jun ’18          London Tech Week, London, UK

Aug ’18               Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Fran, USA

Sep ’18               New Scientist Live, London, UK