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Michał Kucewicz was born in 1986 in Gdansk. In 2005 he completed International Baccalaureate programme in Topolowka (III High School in Gdańsk). Thanks to the G. D. Fahrenheit scholarship, he moved to the United Kingdom to study neuroscience. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Cambridge University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Bristol specializing in electrophysiology of memory and cognitive functions of the brain. His doctoral thesis was focused on the mechanisms of working memory as studied on the level of electrical activity of neuronal networks. Following the doctoral studies he continued the research on memory at Mayo Clinic in the USA working with invasive recordings in epilepsy patients. He returned to Poland in 2018 to set up Brain and Mind Electrophysiology laboratory in Multimedia Systems Department, faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, at the Gdansk University of Technology. His projects develop technology for electrical stimulation of the brain for memory enhancement in patients suffering from epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. The goal of his research is to discover the mechanisms of human memory and mind. The passion of his life is evangelization.

 

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Vaclav Kremen was born in Prague, Czech Republic. He completed Master of Science Engineering degree (Ing.) in Biomedical Engineering at Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Czech Technical University in Prague. He received his Doctoral degree in Artificial Intelligence and Biocybernetics from the same university. After completing his first post-doctoral grant project, he moved joined Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, USA, as a post-doc research in the Department of Cardiology and then Neurology. Currently he is an Assistant professor and Senior engineer at the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic and an Assistant professor and Senior Researcher at Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics an EU and National Center of Excellence. His background is in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, signal processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. During his scientific and engineering career, he has been developing tools and methods for data mining and signal analysis in the domain of multi-scale, multi-modal physiological data, such as polysomnography, multi-lead ECG, and neurophysiology. Vaclav has written tools for mining of Big Data in Neuroscience and Cardiology and patented several of these approaches. His most recent projects and work with the BME laboratory are focused on deep-brain stimulation and closed-loop control systems, as well as automated tools for analysis of behavioral states in the human intracranial EEG.

 

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Michał Lech was born in Gdynia in 1983. In 2007 he graduated from the faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of Gdansk University of Technology. In June 2013, he received his Ph.D. degree. The subject of the dissertation was: “A Method and Algorithms for Controlling the Sound Mixing Processes with Hand Gestures Recognized Using Computer Vision”. The main focus of the thesis was the bias of audio perception caused by the presence/absence of visual stimuli. He has worked as a researcher and C#/C++/Java developer in many projects concerning multimodal human-computer interfaces. Three of the projects were devoted to brain stimulation. In each project, he was responsible for developing both the signal acquisition/processing methods and data classification methods. Currently, his goal is to find optimal parameters of the brain stimulation for memory enhancement. His non-scientific interests concern guitar playing, music production, and symphonic orchestration.

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Brent Michael Berry was born in Rochester, MN. He graduated summa cum laude from the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics program at the University of Minnesota and graduated with minor concentrations in Classics and Management. He received his M.D. degree from the same institution and then his Ph.D. degree from Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The subject of his thesis was electrophysiologic biomarkers of seizure onset zone. During his doctoral studies, he partnered with Dr. Kucewicz in an ambitious project called ‘Restoring Active Memories’ (RAM) funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) as part of the BRAIN initiative. The two of them led the Mayo aspect of the project and it was there that the groundwork was laid for the BME lab. Together with Dr. Kucewicz, Dr. Berry made the pivotal discovery of memory enhancement through stimulation in the lateral temporal cortex, which initiated our laboratory. He is interested in signal processing, machine learning, algorithm development, and electrophysiology, particularly as those skills translate to brain-machine interfaces and medical devices. His non-scientific interests include political economics, volunteering in the community, and soccer.

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Dr. Bahareh Elahian has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, two masters degrees in telecommunication and signal processing and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She also worked as a postdoc research assistant in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.  During PhD, her research required extensive experience in neurology and brain functionality where she used her signal processing knowledge to process brain electro-chemical signals. Her academic training and research experience to date have provided her with an excellent background in electrical and computer biomedical engineering, including expertise in signal processing, machine learning, artificial Intelligence, and programming/coding in multiple languages. For her internship, she worked at Johns Hopkins University and Thomas Jefferson Hospital following her PhD thesis on seizure localization and detection in human brain. She worked with different sets related to brain data streaming systems. During her postdoc, while working with animal models in the study of neuro-modulation and the effect of the ultrasound on seizure initiation and propagation, she learned how to perform micro-surgery on brain and record data utilizing micro-sensors measuring electro-chemical brain potentials.

 

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Çağdaş Topçu was born in 1987 in Adana. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Yıldız Technical University and his master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Akdeniz University. The subject of his dissertation was Assessing functional recovery of face and arm transplantation and trauma patients with nonlinear methods. Between 2013 and 2015 he worked as a research assistant on the project Rehabilitation of patients with arm and face transplantation and trauma patients with functional electrical stimulation. He worked with full-face transplantation, arm transplantation and arm replantation patients to support their neurorehabilitation processes in this project. He works on memory processes in neurodegenerative diseases in his PhD studies. He is keen on biomedical signal processing and neural engineering.

 

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Victoria Marks was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1995.  In 2017, she graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and minors in Chemistry and Electrical Engineering.  She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, concentrating in Biomedical Engineering and Physiology, at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  She has joined the Mayo Systems Electrophysiology Lab, working with Dr. Gregory A. Worrell as her thesis mentor, and with Dr. Michal T. Kucewicz and the BME lab in the First Team project of the Foundation for Polish Science.  The subject of her thesis work is the interaction between sleep, memory, and cognition.  She is also interested in the role brain stimulation has in modulating these functions.  Her scientific passions include neuro-degenerative diseases, medical device development, and signal processing advancement, and her research goal is to illuminate the utility of existing therapies in alleviating memory-related symptomology.  Her non-scientific passions include classical literature, Egyptian mythology, and scuba diving.

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Krishnakant Saboo was born in 1993 in India. He received his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Communication and Signal Processing from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2016. He is now pursuing his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research is on application of machine learning techniques for neurology, with a focus on understanding the interaction of brain electrophysiology with memory and cognition. He is working under the mentorship of Prof. Ravishankar Iyer, Dr. Gregory Worrell and Dr. Michal Kucewicz. His broad interest lies in machine learning, signal processing and neuroscience with the goal of illuminating the working of the brain for development of neurotechnologies. Besides research, he likes to spend time on developing his recently discovered passion for teaching.

Władysław Średniawa, born in Warsaw, 1991. He graduated from the Faculty of Biology and Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw. His first research interest was neurodegeneration process and mechanisms of cellular senescence finalized with the publication entitled “Dynamic JUNQ inclusion bodies are asymmetrically inherited in mammalian cell lines through the asymmetric partitioning of vimentin”. His further research focused on the ketamine model of schizophrenia studied mostly with electrophysiological techniques and he wrote his PhD thesis on that topic. He is an advanced Python programmer and he co-created an algorithm for current source density reconstruction (kCSD, https://github.com/Neuroinflab/kCSD-python). He worked in different projects on neurophysiological data analysis and experiments (i.e. autism spectrum models). Currently he assists neurosurgical operations and analyzes the patients data from the cognition tasks, with a special focus on searching for distinct sources of the brain activity. His non-scientific interests concern tennis, padel (Poland National Team player) and sailing.

 

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Theodore Pranoto Thayib was born in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1999. Early in his life, Theo gravitated towards technology and everything mechanized. Fueled by a passion to understand the intricacies of how fundamental concepts worked on both a micro and a macro scale, Theo decided early on that engineering was his ideal career. He’s currently pursuing a double major in Computer Engineering and Cello Performance at Iowa State University. He joined the BME lab during the winter of 2018 to help analyze data from memory tests. He returned during the summer of 2019 to work on creating a complex model of the brain to visualize over 15,000 electrodes implanted in the brains of patients. Through engineering, Theo hopes to improve the working person’s quality of life. Outside of his studies, he enjoys playing the piano and cello, writing and producing music, and playing table tennis.

Aleksandra Orzoł was born in 1998 in Olsztyn. She graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz High School No. 1 in Olsztyn. She attended a class in advanced subjects of Biology, Chemistry and English. Since 2017 she has been studying neurobiopsychology at the Faculty of social sciences of University of Gdansk. During her studies she attended The Experior Psychological Research Group, where she was developing her interest in science. She was also responsible for workshops about behavioral addictions for students in highschool who participated in the previous research.  At the moment, she is responsible for analysing data in the current project. Her non-scientific interests include folk dance, clinical psychology and brains :).

Amanda Lier was born in Głogów in 1998, she comes from Lubin. In 2017 she graduated from the High School No.2 in Lubin – she attended a class profiled on Psychology. She is now a student of neurobiopsychology at Faculty of social sciences of University of Gdansk. During her studies she has attended The ANIMA Psychological Research Group, she was also responsible for organizing conferences and workshops, she was a volunteer in Akademia Przyszłości.  Her passions include the impact of somatic diseases on cognitive functioning and neuro-degenerative diseases, psychology, brains and personal development. She is responsible for analysing patient data.