2018 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies

IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies
November 1-2, 2018 – San Diego, California, USA

Recorded Presentations 1-pg Papers Final Program (PDF)


2017 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop

There is an increasing interest and need in the development and use of advanced technologies to monitor and control brain activities to treat neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Depression, etc., from the molecular to systemic levels, The advanced technologies such as robotics and exoskeletons have already made significant impact on rehabilitation for retraining upper and lower extremity function after stroke, spinal cord injuries and TBI.

The 2018 IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies will highlight the development of novel technological innovations, covering both invasive and non-invasive approaches, which provide precise and consistent therapy in a controlled and rigorous manner, track quantitatively the therapy related improvement and treat many subjects simultaneously. The Workshop will also focus on translational neural engineering as well as career and entrepreneurial opportunities in this field.

Invited talks will be presented by internationally well respected experts. An evening poster session will provide presentation opportunities for young researchers. This workshop will provide a unique interactive and networking platform to encourage exchange of ideas with leading researchers and medical and industry professionals.



Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California, 92101, USA


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  • Metin Akay, University of Houston
    ANTBI Workshop Chair
  • Paul Sajda, Columbia University
    IEEE Brain Initiative Co-Chair
  • Jose Carmena, Univ of California, Berkeley
    IEEE Brain Initiative Co-Chair
  • Jacob Robinson, Rice University
    IEEE Brain Initiative Co-Chair
  • Grace Rigdon, GCR Consulting
    IEEE Brain Initiative
    Conferences Subcommittee Chair

Partnership Program

Workshop partners will enjoy extraordinary visibility with leaders and researchers from the industry, government, and academia in the field of neural engineering and neuroscience. Please read through the various partnership levels


Speakers for IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies

Program at a Glance

November 1, 2018

1:30-1:45pm: Opening and Welcome Remarks

  • Paul Sajda, Chair, IEEE Brain Initiative
  • Metin Akay, Chair, ANTBI Workshop

1:45-2:45pm: Keynote:

  • Edward Chang, MD, UCSF
    TOPIC: Advanced Neurotechnology for Network-based Closed Loop Neuromodulation

2:45-3:15pm: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45pm: Symposium #1:

  • MODERATOR: Paul Sajda, PhD, Columbia University
  • Charles Liu, MD, PhD, USC
    TOPIC: Creating a Culture of Welcoming Transformative Technologies in the Clinical Setting – The USC Neurorestoration Center Experience
  • Elisa E. Konofagou, PhD, Columbia University
    TOPIC: Ultrasound neuromodulation of the brain in vivo
  • William Z Rymer, MD, PhD, AbilityLab
    TOPIC: Translational Neural Engineering: Bringing Neurotechnology into the Clinics
  • José L. Pons, PhD, Cajal Institute (CSIC)
    TOPIC: The role of robotics and neuroprosthetics in neurorehabilitation: novel HMI technologies  

5:00-7:00pm: Poster Session and Welcome Reception

November 2, 2018

9:00-10:30am: Symposium #2:

  • MODERATOR: Jacob Robinson, PhD, Rice University
  • Mehmet Fatih Yanik, PhD, ETH Zurich
    TOPIC: Engineering Brain Activity Patterns for Therapeutics of Disorders
  • Jennifer Gelinas, MD, PhD, Columbia University
    TOPIC: NeuroGrid: Recording action potentials and large-scale network activity from the surface of the brain
  • Tim Constandinou, PhD, Imperial College London
    TOPIC: Towards a distributed mm-scale chronically-implantable neural interface
  • Leigh R Hochberg, MD, PhD, Brown University
    TOPIC: BrainGate pilot clinical trial: progress and challenges toward restoring communication and mobility

10:30-11:00am: Coffee Break

11:00-Noon: Keynote:

  • Michel Maharbiz, PhD, UC Berkeley
    Recent Advances in the Neural Dust Platform: Can we target many motes, deep in the brain and through the skull?

Noon-1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30-3:00pm: Symposium #3:

  • MODERATOR: Tim Constandinou, PhD, Imperial College London
  • Mingzhou Ding, PhD, University of Florida
    TOPIC: Imaging Human Brain Function with Simultaneous EEG-fMRI.
  • Angel Peterchev, PhD, Duke University
    TOPIC: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with More Selective Targeting
  • David Blodgett, PhD, Johns Hopkins University APL
    TOPIC: Coherent Imaging for Detection of Neurological Signatures
  • Paul Sajda, PhD, Columbia University
    TOPIC: Fusing Simultaneously Acquired EEG and fMRI to Infer Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Cognition in the Human Brain

3:00-3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30-5:00pm: Symposium #4:

  • MODERATOR: Metin Akay, PhD, University of Houston
  • David McMullen, MD, NIH
    TOPIC: Clinical, research, and government careers in neurotechnology 
  • Chris Berka, CEO, Advanced Brain Monitoring
    TOPIC: How will Neurotechnology Impact your Future?
  • Stephanie Fertig, SBIR Project Manager, NINDS
    TOPIC: Small Businesses and Your Career: Partnership and Neuroentrepreneurship 
  • Chris Ebell, ex-Executive Director, Human Brain Project
    TOPIC: Neuropreneurs and the Waves they Ride: A HPC-driven Future

5:00-5:15pm: Closing Remarks

  • Paul Sajda, Chair, IEEE Brain Initiative
  • Metin Akay, Chair, ANTBI Workshop


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