Lucas C. Parra

Lucas C. Parra

Office Hours

All students wishing to talk to me must come to my office in Steinman 403C Wednesday 2:00PM - 3:00PM. No appointment is required.


All others wishing to set up a meeting please consult this calendar, and send an email with suggested dates and times.


1985-1995: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany
Ph.D. in Physics and Computer Science, 1996


08/2003 - Current: City College of New York - Professor of Biomedical Engineering
03/2002 - 07/2002: Columbia University - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
04/1997 - 07/2003: Sarnoff Corporation - Technology Leader, Adaptive Signal and Image Processing
04/1995 - 03/1997: Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton NJ - MTS, Imaging Department

Research Interests

The general area of interest is how  natural stimuli is encoded and processed by the brain. Experimental techniques focus on interpreting and modulating brain activity in humans non-invasively using electro-encephalography and trans-cranial electrical stimulation, in short, noninvasive "reading" and "writing" the brain. The work is often coupled with auditory and visual psychophysics and always incorporates computational or mathematical models.


Complete list with PDF files, demos and code.
Google Scholar citations.

In the News

News clips of our work can be found here.


BME I5100 Biomedical Signal Processing (3 credits, graduate)
BME I5000 Medical Imaging and Image Processing (3 credit, graduate)
BME 22000 Biostatistics and Research Methods (3 credits, undergraduate)
BME 50500 Image and Signal Processing in Biomedicine (3 credits, undergraduate)
BME 10100 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (1 credits, undergraduate)

Current Research Topics

EEG with video and speech
Effects of electric fields synaptic plasticity

Current Students

Samantha Cohen, Ph.D. candidate
Belen Lafon, Ph.D. candidate
Yu Huang, alias Andy, Ph.D. candidate
Greg Kroneberg, Ph.D. candidate

Former Students

Simon Henin, Postdoc, 2014-2015
Agustin Petroni, Postdoc, 2014-2015
Stefan Haufe, Postdoc, 2013-2014
Justin Rice, Postdoc, 2010-2012
Jacek Dmochowski, Postdoc, 2008-2013
Davide Reato, Ph.D. in 2013
Xiang Zhou, Ph.D. in BME 2010
Yuzhuo Su, alias Suzy, Ph.D. in BME, 2010
Christoforos Christoforou, Ph.D. CS, 2009
Mads Dyrholm, Postdoc, 2006-2007
Christopher Alvino, MS, 2001-2002

Lucas C. Parra
Herbert Kayser Professor of Biomedical Engineering The City College of The City University of New York
T-403C and CDI 13-318
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