Monday, July 30, 2007

Ranu Jung and the 16th annual International Computational Neuroscience meeting

[Source: Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering] -- Ranu Jung, an associate professor in the Harrington Department of Bioengineering and director of the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems at ASU, and Sharon Cook, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Life Sciences, participated in the 16th annual International Computational Neuroscience meeting July 7-12 in Toronto, Canada. Jung is president of the Organization for Computational Neurosciences, which sponsors the annual meeting. Crook is on the program committee for the meeting. Four ASU graduate students also participated, along with more than 300 faculty, researchers, postdoctoral fellows and students from 22 countries.

Three ASU graduate students presented research posters. Abstracts of the presentations were published as a supplement by the journal BMC Neuroscience. The ASU faculty also used the meeting as an opportunity to train doctoral students in developing symposia and workshops. Under their guidance, Mini Kurian, graduate student in mathematics and statistics and Joe Graham, a graduate student in bioengineering, led the organization of a workshop entitled "Neuro-Machine Interfaces: Integrating Biology and Technology to Develop Functionally Relevant Devices.” Jung presented an introduction and overview of the topics for discussion at the meeting, followed presentations by experts on information theory, neural plasticity and deployment of medical devices for pain management.

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