Joseph Ayers

Professor of Biology, College of Science.

Joe is a highly successful scientist in the field of neuro and synthetic biology, having developed operational systems that emulate the neuroethology of motor systems in invertebrates and lower vertebrates to create new types of robots and neuroprostheses. Known for his development of lobster-like marine robots, his systems mimic the learning behavior of these and other animals, using advanced neurotechnology for actuators, sensors and biomimetic controllers based on neuronal circuits. These are adaptive machines that can respond dynamic to their environments. Based in the Marine Sciences Center in Nahant, Joe is also working on the design and development of a full automated, submersible, closed cell, sustainable system for raising fish with the ultimate purpose of creating a new venture that transforms the global mariculture industry.