WEBINAR 4 on “Neurophysiology and decoding of grasping

Hand function plays an important role in all primate species, and its loss is associated with severe disability. Grasping movements are complex actions that require the integration of sensory and cognitive signals to generate meaningful behavior. To achieve this computation, specialized areas in the primate brain are functionally connected, in particular in the parietal (anterior intra parietal area, AIP), premotor (area F5), and primary motor cortex (M1 hand area). This presentation will highlight recent experimental results in non-human primates to characterize how individual neurons in these cortical areas interact in order to generate grasping movements on the basis of sensory signals, and how such neuronal population signals can be decoded to control hand actions, e.g., for operating a neural prosthesis.

WEBINAR 4 – Speaker Biography and Summary

Presentation on “Sensori-motor networks encoding hand grasping in the primate brain” by Dr. Hans Scherberger.

WEBINAR 3 on “FAT- Intra Body Communication

Human body is a complex system where organs are seamlessly connected to the central data processing unit i.e. brain through a network of neuronal groups running along the spinal cord branching out to various functional internal and external body parts. Now imagine a scenario where the communication is broken due to an injury in the spine or amputation of a limb or something similar! How will you re-instate the bodily functions? For that you will have to establish the intra-body communication as close as that the original nervous system was providing in terms of its data capacity and latency! We have been for decades researching on intra-body or human body centric communications and have not reached the goal of creating a data-fluous communication technique due to many short comings of the technologies emerged in the past. We at Uppsala University are aiming at breaking the ground by using, the most counter intuitive tissue medium, ‘the fat’, which is an electrical insulator in itself, to conduct data at high speed and in large volumes! In this 3rd webinar we will tread the intra-body communication landscape and discuss the positioning of Fat-Intrabody Communication (Fat-IBC) in the larger scheme of brain to machine interfaces.

Speakers Bio & Summary of the presentations

3 Presentations:

  • “Fat-Intra Body Communication” by Prof Robin Augustine – B-CRATOS Coordinator, Uppsala University
  • “Microwave Phantoms” by Dr Mauricio Perez, Uppsala University
  • “Microwaves in Medicine” by Prof Paul Meaney, Dartmouth College

WEBINAR 2 on “Wireless data and Power Technologies for Medical Implants

Medical data collection from multiple implant sensor nodes in humans and the data analysis can provide targeted medicine and treatment strategies to prevent significant numbers of chronic diseases. These data can be collected for a long time and processed with artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in a medical network to detect and prevent illnesses. Machine learning (ML) can analyze big data for population health monitoring and prediction. Wireless charging, sensing, and communication are essential for future implants to attain the abovementioned goals. This 2nd B-CRATOS free webinar provides the technical developments and challenges of the wireless implants powering, sensing, and communications. Speakers Bio & Summary

  1. Wireless communication and power transfer for implantable devicesby Dr. Pritam Bose -PostDoc- University of Illinois & Oslo University Hospital
  2. Ultra-low Power Wireless Communication for implantsby  Dr. Ali Khaleghi – Senior Scientist – Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)