EMBC’15 in Milano, Italy

The world was upside-down when I arrived to Milan. I had left the 25°C sunny weather of Hämeenmaa for 18°C and rainy Italy. I was in thermal shock! Second shock was when I realised that most Italians don’t want to speak English. I felt almost like in France except that here I didn’t get the language. Well, as they say “in Rome, do as the Romans” so I started speaking with hands and everything solved out.

The Milan Congress (MiCo) centre. Who said it’s always rainy, dark and cold in Finland?

The 37th IEEE Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology was held this year in Milan in August 25-29. I had the opportunity to go there as Vafa Andalibi, Harri Honko, me, and Professor Jari Viik wrote an article about “Data Correction for Seven Activity Trackers based on Regression Models”. Well, I mostly reviewed and gave comments on the writing but somehow they accepted me as author. Anayway, there was plenty of topics evolving around my project for integrating biological cells in software development, so I thought it would be interesting to see and exchange with other researchers.

Profeesor Morasso talking about the representation of the body in the mind and how such implementation in robots is sufficient to efficiently control its body parts. During workshop on embodied-brain systems science presenting the Japanese project of the same name.

This is a really huge conference and one really needs to focus in advance on which sessions to follow as there was some 20 to 25 sessions running in parallel. I selected to go to sessions on Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neural Interfaces, Neural stimulation but also Brain Connectivity, Causality and coherence analysis.

Andrea Duggento talking about causality from brain networks to heart nerves (“autonomous” nervous system). Apparently Comic Sans is allowed in this conference.

There was an alternance between presenting sessions and poster sessions. Poster sessions are nice cause you can walk around and have face-to-face discussions with presenters.

Kang-Il Song presenting how he can stimulate nerves with light signals.

Francois Fages explains how he modeled bio-chemical reactions to behave like Artificial Neural Networks

Most impressive to me were the two keynotes about the gigantic on-going projects in EU and USA: the Human Brain Project and the Brain Initiative.

Kamil Ugurbil explaining the advantages of Magnetic Resonance in studying brain connections and the importance of building Formula1 MRI machines (10,5 Tesla).

Richard Frackowiak talking about the challenges for medicine in the Human Brain Project. The vision is that HBP will change medical practices from deconstructing complexity into smaller parts into seeing problems as a whole with models of different scales.

Apart from research, the food was good, the Dome can be seen from the airport and as weather went back to normal there (35°C), I was happy to fly back.

We got good local treats.

View to “Il Duomo” from the airport.

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