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Michal 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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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.