Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC is an artificial intelligence company with proprietary software that allows us to develop powerful new computer vision technology.


Nirenberg Neuroscience (NN) develops computer vision on a principle that provides easy generalization with very little data – that is, even with a small number of examples you can develop computer vision algorithms that will work in a broad range of lighting conditions and environments. The principle works for many different kinds of applications, including navigation, collision avoidance, shoplifting, customer interaction, security, and, of course, face and object recognition.

NN’s method has a low footprint: the learning algorithms are shallow compared to deep learning networks, using many, many fewer operations to achieve very high performance (e.g., 1000-fold fewer for several applications such as face feature detection, pedestrian detection, and navigation).

NN’s talented technical team of engineers and programmers are building up an array of platforms for a variety of computer vision applications across multiple fields of use. Ford Motor Company has already licensed a first round of platforms for one field of use, to “bring human-like intelligence to the machine learning modules of [their] autonomous vehicle virtual driver system.” Intel has also partnered with NN to deploy the technology into multiple industries – to spread “[this] breakthrough technology in AI [from] a truly brilliant neuroscientist from Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Sheila Nirenberg.”

NN was founded by Sheila Nirenberg, a professor at Cornell, who is also the founder of a company that develops new kinds of prosthetic devices (Bionic Sight LLC).

Dr. Nirenberg has won numerous awards for her innovations, including a MacArthur “genius” Award. Her work on cracking the neural code has been featured in TED talks, a BBC documentary, “The Genius Behind…”, a Bloomberg News documentary, the Washington Post’s “Transformers”, among many others.


“Bionic Sight’s Optogenetic Therapy Enables Blind Patients to Detect Light and Motion in Early Trial”
Foundation Fighting Blindness, Eye on the Cure Research News, March 30, 2021

“Bionic Sight’s Optogenetic Therapy Yields Bright Results
BioSpace, March 31, 2021

“Cracking the code to treat blindness
NBC News, November 28, 2018

“Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Tech
Crain’s New York Business, May 6, 2019

“The Genius Behind Series: The code that may treat blindness
BBC Documentary, November 11, 2016

“What if robots could process visual information the way humans do?
TEDMED talk, December, 2016

“Meet the Four Startups Helping Ford Develop a Robo-Taxi by 2021
Forbes Magazine, August 18, 2016

“Ford targets fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021”
Ford Motor Company Press Release, August 16, 2016

“Ford and Dr. Sheila Nirenberg”
Ford Interview, December 2016

“This neuroscientist says knowing how to talk to the brain could help the blind see”
The Washington Post Transformers Event, May 20, 2016

“This Bionic Eye Could Cure Blindness”  
Bloomberg Documentary, April 5, 2016

“The Genius Behind Series: The code that may treat blindness”
BBC Documentary, November 11, 2016

“Interview with the Dean: A Vision to Cure Blindness”
Weill Cornell Professor wins MacArthur “genius” Award, July 17. 2014

“Can we speak the language of the brain?”
Sheila Nirenberg’s talk on, October, 2011

“What if robots could process visual information the way humans do?”
Sheila Nirenberg’s talk on, December, 2016

“Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls”