NeuroEng School - Genoa (Italy) 18-22 June 2018

 

Brief description

The NeuroEng School, pioneered by Prof. M. Grattarola in 2003 with the First European School of Neuroengineering, was offered in 2004, 2006, and 2012. In this edition, it aims to introduce computational and technological methods to interact with the brain. Interaction is a key issue for understanding the physiological basis of neuronal computation. These knowledges are crucial to investigate the origin of neurological diseases and to design neuroprosthesis to restore physiological conditions.

 

Objectives

The NeuroEng School aims to introduce computational and technological methods to researchers of different backgrounds (life sciences, physics, engineering) to interact with the brain. The first two days will deal with brain dynamics giving particular emphasis to the role of the connectivity. During the 3rd day, the recent advancements for increasing the quality of the recordings and for delivering efficient stimulating protocols will be discussed. The day after will be focused on computational models of the brain at different level of abstraction, hardware and software platforms to simulate such dynamics. The last day will provide examples of neuroengineering paradigms for designing new neuroprostheses to interact with the brain and their clinical applications to increase the quality of life. Since the multidisciplinary vocation of the NeuroEng School, speakers have been selected based on a heterogeneous background (physics, engineering, doctors).

 

Description

The NeuroEng School would take place from 18th – 22nd June 2018. The NeuroEng School is organized in three main parts: the first two days are conceived to introduce the brain dynamics at micro (small in vitro networks) and macro (brain areas) scale. Particular emphasis will be given to the role of the underling connectivity to generate peculiar patterns of activity (e.g., oscillations, bursting) and how. The second part of the school will deal with hardware and software methods to interact with the brain. In particular, on Wednesday 20th the invited faculties will present current neurotechnologies. A practical demo of the use of a high-density EEG set-up and a multi-electrode array for in vitro applications is foreseen. The day after is more focused on computational aspects. By exploiting the knowledge acquired during the first four days of the School, the last day will provide examples of how it has been possible to interact with the brain by means of neuroprostheses. The first lecture will describe the neuroengineering paradigms to follow when a neuroprosthesis has to be projected. The last lectures will provide clinical applications of the use of such innovative devices to increase the quality of the life.

Students attending the school will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research programs and results with the faculties in a two-day poster session.

 

Organizers

  • Gabriele Arnulfo (University of Genoa, Scuola Politecnica - DIBRIS)
  • Sergio Martinoia (University of Genoa, Scuola Politecnica - DIBRIS)
  • Paolo Massobrio (University of Genoa, Scuola Politecnica - DIBRIS)

 

Information on speaker/faculty

The School foresees the presence of 18  speakers/faculty listed here below:

  • Miguel Nicolelis (Duke University, US)
  • Shimon Marom (Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel) - Confirmed
  • Lucilla de Arcangelis (University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli) - Confirmed
  • Valentina Pasquale (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy) - Confirmed
  • Demian Battaglia (CNRS, Marseille)
  • Matias Palva (University of Helsinki, Finland) - Confirmed
  • Andreas Hierlemann (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Annalisa Bonfiglio (University of Cagliari, Italy)
  • Thimothy Harris (Janelia Research Campus, US) - Confirmed
  • Silvia Casarotto (University of Milano, Italy)
  • Michele Giugliano (University of Antwerp, Belgium) - Confirmed
  • Michele Migliore (CNR, Italy) - Confirmed
  • Sylvie Renaud (Bordeaux INP, France)
  • Michela Chiappalone (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy) - Confirmed
  • Marcello Massimini (University of Milano) - Confirmed
  • Stanisa Raspopovic (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) - Confirmed
  • Andrea Kühn (Charité Berlin, Germany)
  • Fausto Caruana (University of Parma)

 

 

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