Computational Methods for the Analysis and Modeling of Brain Networks

ECE Seminar: Computational Methods for the Analysis and Modeling of Brain Networks


Starts at: January 29, 2015 4:30 PM

Ends at: 6:00 PM

Location: Scaife 125

Speaker: Dr. Somayeh Sojoudi

Affiliation: New York University

Refreshments provided: Yes

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Abstract:

This talk is mainly focused on the analysis and modeling of three types of brain networks: structural, functional, and effective connectivity. The study of these networks enables us to address several fundamental problems ranging from understanding how the brain processes speech to localizing seizure-generating areas in epilepsy patients. In this talk, I highlight the challenges of designing reliable tools and algorithms for the study of brain networks and offer some mathematical results as well as empirical observations through three case studies. First, I analyze brain networks under various speech conditions using ECoG technology. Second, I discuss the communication networks in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex. Third, I study the modeling and analysis of the brain functional connectivity using functional MRI technology. Finally, I briefly outline my broad research area on the design, analysis and control of various complex networks from power systems to communication networks.

Bio:

Dr. Somayeh Sojoudi is currently an assistant research scientist at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, where she collaborates with a team of neuroscientists, neurologists and neurosurgeons at the comprehensive epilepsy center and the neuroscience institute. Her current research is focused on the study of the brain and the development of efficient mathematical tools and techniques for neuroscience and clinical neurology applications.