The second annual student-led IGERT Neuroengineering Symposium, to be held on June 28th, 2012, is a one day event is designed to highlight the growing neuroengineering presence at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In addition, we hope that the symposium will expose students, faculty, and guests to neuroengineering work being pioneered across the country. The symposium will highlight three key areas of neuroengineering: audio information processing, neuro-imaging, and brain-computer interfaces. Each of these areas will feature short presentations from University of Illinois faculty and one-hour presentations by invited speakers. An extended lunch break will showcase demonstrations from some of the University of Illinois laboratories, tours of a selection of Beckman Institute facilities, and a student poster session. This symposium is an open event; we are excited to welcome any and all who have an interest in neuroengineering or related fields.
The Van Essen lab uses neuroimaging approaches combined with novel methods of computerized brain mapping and neuroinformatics to explore the functional organization, connectivity, development, and evolution of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates. The Human Connectome Project (HCP; http://www.humanconnectome.org/) involves a large-scale collaborative effort to chart long-distance connectivity and its variability in healthy adult humans. Our contribution to the HCP includes the development and application of analysis methods for characterizing brain connectivity, and the development of a user-friendly platform for data mining of the HCP datasets that will be made freely available to the neuroscience community.
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