EMBC conference 2016

In my last post, I promised that you’ll hear more from our project as ideas are set and now need to get implemented.


Welcome to Disney World EMBC conference! The place where dreams come true!

So here we are, Emre and I went to present some of the results to the 38th conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBC 2016) which took place in Orlando, Florida. We had 3 papers there and I’m going to introduce them here for you.

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The first one was written by Vafa Andalibi, Timo Aaltonen, myself and Tommi Mikkonen and is about our Simulator of neuronal cultures plated on Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEAs). This article is really interesting as it joins together simulations of neuronal morphologies plated in-vitro on MEAs with the dynamic electrophysiological behaviour of the network. I believe this is why it initially got selected for being in the final for the student competition. Unfortunately, Vafa couldn’t attend due to Visa issues.


Presentation of our SiMEA paper at Disney World resort

The second one is about learning with in-silico and in-vitro neuronal networks. The title is “From in-silico Spiking Neural Nteworks to in-vitro Neural Networks” and was written by myself, Vafa Andalibi, Kerstin Lenk, Tommi Mikkonen and Jari Hyttinen. This article presents the use of a computational model of the dynamic activity of neuronal networks plated on MEA for applying stimulations on it. Learning is tested on the ability to recognize handwirtten digits and sort images into 10 classes (0 to 9).

For the third, Emre was presenting his new method for detecting synchrony between parts of a network according to their correlated amount of bursts. This method is based on a metric built on the concept of spectral entropy.

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There was also plenty of other interesting papers and talks. In particular, I had the honour to see a talk from Kenneth Ford who is the CEO of Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. He presented their robot who had just ranked 2nd at the DARPA Robotics Challenge and had a talk against the imitation game as an analogy between flying and imitating how birds flap their wings.

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Otherwise, the extra-curricular activities were great and if you go as a group to a conference I can warmly recommend airbnb as we rented a TUT house (Perv., Elt. BioMediTech and ASE departments were represented) for the same price as a room for one in an hotel.

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