The first annual student-led IGERT Neuroengineering Symposium, to be held on June 16th, 2011, this 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 and tours of a selection of Beckman Institute facilities. The day will close with a student poster session, a one hour key-note lecture, and an evening happy hour reception. This symposium is an open event. We are excited to welcome any and all who have an interest in neuroengineering or related fields. (Source: http://igert.beckman.illinois.edu/symposium_11.html)
Jonathan Viventi is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and an Assistant Professor of Neural Science at New York University. Dr. Viventi earned his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.Eng. and B.S.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Viventi's research applies innovations in flexible electronics, low power analog circuits, and machine learning to create new technology for interfacing with the brain at a much finer scale and with broader coverage than previously possible. He creates new tools for neuroscience research and technology to diagnose and treat neurological disorders, such as epilepsy. Using these tools, he collaborates with neuroscientists and clinicians to explore the fundamental properties of brain networks in both health and disease. His research program works closely with industry, including filing five patents and several licensing agreements. His work has been featured as cover articles in Science Translational Medicine and Nature Materials, and has also appeared in Nature Neuroscience, the Journal of Neurophysiology, and Brain. Dr. Viventi has received several awards for his work, including the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences / Neuroscience Graduate Group Flexner Award for Best Neuroscience Thesis at the University of Pennsylvania, Solomon R. Pollack Award for Best Thesis in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Nano/Bio-Interface Center Graduate Research Award for Best Graduate Research on Nanotechnology Applied to Biology at the University of Pennsylvania.