TSSG Brain Initiative (TBI)


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Introduction

The brain and the nervous system are considered to be one of the most sophisticated and complex organ and system of the human body. Given the amount of research and investment in neuroscience over the years, there are still many unanswered questions on how the brain operates and functions in particular in relation to neurodegenerative diseases, as well as treatments. A fundamental function that enables the brain and the nervous system to operate is communications, and a number of brain diseases do emerge from failures of communication, both at the neuron and the nervous system levels. TSSG Brain Initiative (TBI) aims to utilize expertise and knowledge from communication systems and networks to address a number of unanswered and challenging questions of the brain and the nervous system. The multi-disciplinary research in this initiative includes using theories from communication engineering and networking to analyze the communication signaling at the single cell level, nanotechnologies for miniature nanonetworks for neuron and nerve stimulation, analyzing brain functional networks using Virtual Reality (VR), and new Hyper Scale Systems (HSS) to support computationally intense brain-inspired Artifical Intellegence (AI) algorithms.

The current research strands within TBI includes:

Strand 1: Modeling Multi-scale Brain Communications for Diagnosing and Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases
Strand 2: Nanodevice Arrays for Peripheral Nerve Fascicle Activation
Strand 3: Wireless Optogenetic Nanonetwork for Brain Stimulation
Strand 4: NeuroVR – Modeling Brain response to Virtual Reality and its application for neurorehabilitation
Strand 5: Brain-inspired Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence Algorithms and Applications

Researchers:
Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam (Lead PI)
Kevin Doolin
Eric Robson
Jerry Horgan
Dr. Michael Barros
Denise Manton
Dr. Brendan Jennings

PhD Students:
Ian Mills
Michael Donoghue
Geoffly Adonias

Collaborators:
Prof. Josep Miquel Jornet, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Stefanus Wirdatmadja, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
Prof. Yevgeni Koucheryavy, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.