Sameer Saproo, Ph.D.

CEO, Co-founder


I grew up in several small towns all over northern India. That multi-ethnic multi-lingual upbringing taught me how to adapt quickly to changing circumstances as well as the merits of employing multiple perspectives to aid understanding of complex issues. An avid reader, I have a voracious appetite for the new and the interesting in multiple fields, e.g. economics, military history, existential philosophy, etc. I also find immense joy in working with people who are talented, irreverent, and iconoclastic. All of that is helping me run Braiq.


Ph.D. Psychology, University of California San Diego
M.S. Computer Science, University of California Irvine
B.E. Information Tech., Mumbai University

After a multidisciplinary graduate school experience where he studied first artificial intelligence and later human brain, Sameer followed with a postdoc in Neural Science at NYU.

Sameer holds an academic position at Columbia University as an associate research scientist in the biomedical engineering department, where he worked on a DARPA-funded project to build brain-computer interfaces for fighter pilots and that eventually led to the conceptual breakthroughs behind BRAIQ. He also has industry experience, primarily at SAP Labs.

Notable Publications

  1. Neural mechanisms underlying catastrophic failure in human–machine interaction during aerial navigation, Journal of Neural Engineering, 2016.
  2. Cortically Coupled Computing: A New Paradigm for Synergistic Human–Machine Interaction, IEEE Computer, 2016.
  3. Attention Improves Transfer of Motion Information between V1 and MT, The Journal of Neuroscience, 2014.

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