Sameer Saproo, Ph.D.

CEO, Co-founder


Sameer grew up in several small towns all over northern India. That multi-ethnic multi-lingual upbringing taught him how to adapt quickly to changing circumstances as well as the merits of employing multiple perspectives to aid understanding. He came to the US for graduate school over a decade ago and liked it enough to stay on. An avid reader, Sameer has a voracious appetite for the new and the interesting in multiple fields. Prior to his latest obsession with self-driving cars, he studied economics in spare time and now manages his own investment portfolio. He identifies himself as an incorrigible adventurer.


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.

Prior to graduate school, Sameer worked for several years in the Indian software industry, 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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