Carnegie Mellon University

Futures of Neural Computation and Technology Workshop (FUNCT{})

Update as of March 6, 2020: We have been monitoring the recommendations about meetings and travel from Carnegie Mellon University and from government agencies. We are working to make FUNCT{} a virtual conference, so if you register to attend, we recommend holding off on making travel plans. Please check back for updates as we continue to plan.

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The Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute (NI) will be hosting a workshop called Futures of Neural Computation and Technology Workshop (FUNCT{}) scheduled for April 2-3, 2020 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   

Neuroscience, Biology, Engineering and Technology disciplines are building bridges to advance the field of brain research in many exciting and innovative ways. 

This workshop is the first in a series of topical workshops being sponsored by the CMU Neuroscience Institute (NI), each of which will focus on a research area that is poised to be a driving influence on neuroscience research in the twenty-first century. 

FUNCT{} will not only highlight the state of the art, but also to give people the room to dream about the future and the role their own research will play. The sessions are organized into four topical sessions on Reading the Brain, Optics, Brain Theory, and Decoding the Brain. 


Tzahi Cohen-Karni (CMU: Biomedical Engineering/Neuroscience Institute/Materials Engineering) 

Eric Yttri  (CMU: Biological Sciences/Neuroscience Institute)

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Thursday, April 2 

Location: Bosch Spark Conference Room, 5201 Scott Hall

Reading the Brain

Can we peek into the electrical and electrochemical information flow in the brain? This session will present cutting-edge materials and engineered technologies to do so.


12:30: Dr. Barb Shinn-Cunningham, CMU

12:40: Rahul Panat, CMU
Micro and nanoscale additive manufauturing of neural devices

1:00: Cindy Chestek, University of Michigan 
Neural interfaces for controlling finger movements

1:40: Tzahi Cohen-Karni, CMU 
Bioelectronics with nanocarbons

2:00: Flavia Vitale, University of Pennsylvania 
High-resolution, multimodal neural interfaces from nanoscale soft conductors

2:40: Coffee break 


The advent of powerful light-based methods such as Optogenetics, Calcium imaging and functional nearinfrared spectroscopy has revolutionized studying brain circuits. This session will explore photonic devices and optical methods to interface with the brain. 


3:00: Maysam Chamanzar, CMU 
Next generation neurophotonic interfaces

3:20: Jacob Robinson, Rice University
Optical and magnetic brain interfaces

4:00: Jana Kainerstorfer, CMU 
Changes in neurovascular coupling in the context of brain injury and elevated intracranial pressure

4:20: Anna Devor, Boston University
Neurophotonics: understanding the brain

5:00: Plenary Session: Konrad Kording, University of Pennsylvania 
Tech development and the underlying questions we ask

6:00- 7:30: Poster Session


Friday, April 3

Location: Bosch Spark Conference Room, 5201 Scott Hall

Plenary Session

8:30: Light Breakfast 

9:00: Plenary Session: Doug Weber, University of Pittsburgh
Implantable, injectable, and wearable devices for sensing and controlling neuromechanical systems

10:00: Coffee break

Brain Theory

What does it mean to understand how does the brain works? This session seeks to pose these questions and potentially examine them in the context of specific computations.


10:20: Eric Yttri, CMU 
Translating neural signals into complex behavior

10:40: Bard Ermentrout, CMU
A robust neural integrator based on three time scales. 

11:20: Pulkit Grover, CMU
Information flows in the brain: How do we define them, and what technology do we need to estimate them?

11:40: Sridevi Sarma, Johns Hopkins University 
System representation reconciles inexplicable inter-individual differences in neural activities during similar behaviors

12:20: Lunch 

Decoding the brain

This session will explore the basic science and translational advances that can be made by decoding actions, sensations, or latent behavioral states directly from recorded neural activity.


1:20: Matt Smith, CMU 
Decoding local and global cognitive signals from neuronal populations

1:40: Bolu Ajiboye, Case Western University
Elucidating motor and sensory encoding through human brain-machine and peripheral nerve interfaces

2:20: Steve Chase, CMU 
Dissecting motor learning processes with brain-computer interfaces

2:40: Eva Dyer, Georgia Tech University 
Comparing high-dimensional neural recordings across time, space, and behavior

3:20: Conclusion/Discussion


Sponsored by the Neuroscience Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.


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Lodging Information 

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center 

100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213 

(412) 682-6200 

Block code: 04016841FU

King Standard Room, single rate: $129.00  

Nightly Parking Charge: $10

Rooms Cutoff Date March 11, 2020
Arrival Date April 1, 2020
Departure Date April 4, 2020

Walking Directions from Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center to Scott Hall