Bury St Edmunds: Former student works on mind-control chair

A SUFFOLK-educated student will today return to his former school to tell its current crop of budding scientists about his work on a brain-controlled wheelchair.

The project in which Dr Tom Carlson is involved is being carried out at the world famous Ecole Polytchnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Dr Carlson, a former pupil at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, is a key part in the institution’s Non-Invasive Brain-Machine Interface department.

Today he will be back at the school – where a third of sixth form students are currently studying science – to talk about his work.

Prior to his visit, school headteacher Geoff Barton said: “The UK needs brilliant scientists more than ever.


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“We are delighted that former student Tom will be coming back from his ground-breaking research work in Switzerland to share his insights with our students.

“Science is very important to us at King Edward and this gives our students a chance to see its impact at the cutting edge and to see the difference to society students can make.”

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Dr Carlson told how he had left the Bury school in 2002 and had gone to complete an engineering masters and doctorate at Imperial College, London.

“One of the main projects I am working on,” he said, “is the development of a brain-controlled wheelchair.”

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