Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research Seminar Title: Translational pain research, what is it, why does it matter, and what each of us can do to advance it? Presenter: Misha Backonja, MD, Ph.D. Location: 1495 BSTW
CNUP Dissertation Defense Title: Dissecting the registration and processing of olfactory events during general anesthesia Presenter: Andrew Samuelsson Location: 1495 BST
Systems Neuroscience Institute Seminar Title: Towards direct continuous online brain-machine interface using electrocorticography (ECoG) recordings Presenter: Tomislav Milekovic, PhD Student Location: Biomedical Science Tower-3 Rm 4075
CNUP Dissertation Defense Title: Brain-Computer Interface Control of an Anthropomorphic Robotic Arm Presenter: Samuel T. Clanton Location: Newell Simon Hall 1305
This thesis describes a brain-computer interface (BCI) system that was developed to allow direct cortical control of 7 active degrees of freedom in a robotic arm. Two monkeys with chronic microelectrode implants in their motor cortices were able to use the arm to complete an oriented grasping task under brain control. This BCI system was created as a clinical prototype to exhibit (1) simultaneous decoding of cortical signals for control of the 3-D translation, 3-D rotation, and 1-D hand aperture of a robotic arm and hand, (2) methods for constructing cortical signal decoding models based on only observation of a moving robot, (3) a generalized method for training subjects to use complex BCI prosthetic robots using a novel form of operator-machine shared control, and (4) integrated kinematic (movement) and dynamic (force) control of a brain-controlled prosthetic robot through a novel impedance-based robot controller. This dissertation describes each of these features individually, how their integration enriched BCI control, and results from the monkeys operating the resulting system.
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology Seminar Title: Regulation of membrane and tissue organization by junctional polarity Presenter: Andrew B. Gladden, Ph.D. Location: 5th Floor Boardroom Eye & Ear
Neuroscience Seminar Title: Epigentic signatures in Autism - A study on histone methylation landscapes in developing and diseases prefrontal neurons Presenter: Schahram Akbarian, M.D., Ph.D. Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium
CNUP Dissertation Defense Title: Cortical glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 expression in Schizophrenia: Defining the deficit Presenter: Allison A. Curley Location: S100A BST