Nataliya Kos'myna

Research Scientist
  • Fluid Interfaces

Dr. Kosmyna is a research scientist at MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group. She has over 15 years of  experience in developing and designing end-to-end brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). Coming from a background in artificial intelligence, neuroscience and human computer interaction, she is passionate about the idea of creating a partnership between AI and human intelligence, a fusion of the machine with the human brain.

Nataliya obtained her Ph.D in 2015 in the domain of non-invasive Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) as a part of EHCI team of Université Grenoble-Alpes, France. Most of her projects are focused around EEG-based BCIs in the context of consumer grade applications. Before joining MIT Media Lab - Fluid Interfaces group in 2017, she was a post-doc at Hybrid team (VR/AR), Inria Rennes, France. Nataliya is a public speaker, author of multiple research papers and reviewer of numerous professional journals and conferences. Nataliya also serves  as a program committee member in conferences and journals such as Nature Scientific Reports, CHI, ACM IDC,Ubicomp, INTERACT, TOCHI, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Plos ONE, IEEE EMBC and ACM AutomotiveUI.  Dr. Kosmyna often collaborates with teams from Boston Dynamics, Microsoft Research, NASA, Google, Meta. Dr. Kosmyna’s solutions are successfully deployed in the classrooms, workspaces, aerospace and hospitals. These projects are also presented to general public and were tested by more than 15000 people in 2015-2024. Nataliya won multiple awards for her work, among which is L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science award she received in 2016. Nataliya was also named as one of 10 Top French Talent 2017 from MIT Innovators Under 35. 

Dr. Kosmyna is currently serving as one of  24 international experts (Ad Hoc Expert Group - AHEG) for UNESCO to help prepare a first draft of the Recommendation on the Ethics of NeurotechnologyThe final text of the Recommendation will be presented for adoption in November 2025 at the 43rd session of the General Conference.

Since 2016 Nataliya is also interested in closed-loop systems using real-time biofeedback to enhance and augment human performance, particularly attention and focus.  In 2016 Nataliya also created her first start-up called Braini, for consulting in the domains of Artificial Intelligence for Cognitive Enhancement and Neuroscience. 

At Fluid Interfaces group @MIT Media Lab, Nataliya works on designing and testing novel hardware solutions and paradigms for different applications (such as learning, driving) and user groups.  Her work was covered in more than 100 TV appearances, radio and other news outlets all around the world including but not limited to: ARTE 28 Minutes, France Culture,France Inter, E=M6, iTELE, Futuremag ARTE, Le Parisien, Le Figaro, Le Point, Paris Match, Sciences et Avenir, Nouvel Observateur, 20 Minutes,Capital, Dauphiné Libéré, Boston GlobeLe Quotidien, The EconomistMIT Tech Review and more.

Check Nataliya's website here.