Bo Hong Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tsinghua University
Principle Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Tsinghua University

We may take it for granted of our ability to speak and listen with ease in daily communication. But surprisingly, we know very little about the brain mechanism underlying this cycle of speech production and perception. At the same time, millions of people are suffering from hearing and communication disorders, hoping for innovative treatment and rehabilitation. In my lab, we are searching for the neural codes of sound and speech representations in the brain. Collaborating with neurosurgeons, we investigate the speech network of the human brain by measuring neural activities inside the patients’ brain, also known as intracranial EEG. Using high temporal resolution EEG and high spatial resolution MRI to analyze a massive amount of human brain data, we have been able to piece together a full picture of the speaking and listening brain. This not only allows us to build effective brain-computer interfaces for disabled patients, but is also tremendously useful for developing a smarter speech recognition system, like Siri on your cell phone.


Tsinghua University, Ph.D., 2001

Tsinghua University, B.S., 1996


Tsinghua University, Professor, 2012 – current; Associate Professor, 2005 - 2012

John Hopkins University, Visiting Scholar, 2004 - 2005

Tsinghua University, Assistant Professor , 2001 - 2005

Selected Publications

Yang Zhang, Wenjing Zhou, Siyu Wang, Qin Zhou, Haixiang Wang, Bingqing Zhang, Juan Huang, Bo Hong* and Xiaoqin Wang* The Roles of Subdivisions of Human Insula in Emotion Perception and Auditory Processing. Cerebral Cortex 29(2): 517-528 (2019).

Si X, Zhou W, Hong B* Cooperative cortical network for categorical processing of Chinese lexical tone. PNAS. 114(46):12303-12308 (2017).

Wang D, Buckner RL, Fox MD, Holt DJ, Holmes AJ, Stoecklein S, Langs G, Pan R, Qian T, Li K, Baker JT, Stufflebean SM, Wang K, Wang X, Hong B*, Liu H* Parcellating cortical functional networks in individuals. Nature neuroscience, 18, 1853-1860 (2015).

Zhang D, Song H, Xu R, Zhou W, Ling Z, Hong B* Toward a minimally invasive brain-computer interface using a single subdural channel: A visual speller study. NeuroImage 71: 30-41(2013).

Qian T, Zhou W, Ling Z, Gao S, Liu H, Hong B* Fast presurgical functional mapping using task-related intracranial high gamma activity. Journal of Neurosurgery, 119 (1): 26-36 (2013) (with Editorial).

Guo J, Gao S, Hong B* An auditory brain computer interface using active mental response. IEEE Trans. Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering,18 (3): 230-5, (2010) (Cover Story).

Contact Information


Office: Med Sci BLDG, RM B204, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 100084

Phone: +86-10-62795985