Brain & Mind Computational Breakfast

Next seminar: Tuesday, September 10

Decoding Neural Drive for New Generation of Neurorehabilitation Systems

Prof. Ivan Vujaklija, Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Automation

Abstract: The generation of movement is related to a combination of discrete events (action potentials) generated in the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. These events, discharged in the various parts of the neuromuscular system, constitute the neural code for movements. Recording and interpretation of this code provides further means for analyzing the human motor system. Currently we are only partially able to detect and process the available information content and this prevents us from establishing widely applicable and robust man-machine interface systems. Our work on developing new computational methods/models for extracting functionally significant information on human movement will be presented. The focus of these developments is on providing the link between the cellular mechanisms and the behavior of the whole motor system in order to establish clinically viable and effective neurorehabilitation technologies.

Behavioral Patterns through the Lens of Smartphones: the Case of Patients with Mental Disorders 

Talayeh Aledavood, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Helsinki / Aalto University, Dept. of Computer Science

Abstract: Mental disorders are one of the main causes of disability world-wide. In recent years with ubiquity of smartphones and other wearables an unprecedented opportunity is created for researchers to collect data from humans. This data allow us to study behavioral patterns of people in situ and continuously. Using these devices and collecting data from patients with different mental disorders, we can quantity their behavior and also better understand these disorders. This can potentially lead to finding new biomarkers of these disorders. For this purpose we use various machine learning and statistical learning methods. This can eventually help us with providing in-time interventions and treatments for the patients. This talk will give an overview of the type of data that can be gathered analyzed and research questions that can be addressed using these methods.


NB! The talks begin at 9:30. Breakfast is served on a first-come-first-serve basis at 9:15.

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