This page contains a record of past seminars held by UWIN, on a variety of topics related to neural engineering and computational neuroscience.

The 2018 -19 seminar series:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 3:30pm, Health Sciences Building (HSB) G-328

  • “Challenges in Optimizing Deep Brain Stimulation: Howard Chizeck, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington
  • “Trans-skull imaging of brain activity in neonatal mice during spontaneous sleep-wake cycles”: Bill Moody, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 3:30pm, Health Sciences Building (HSB) K-069 – a special joint UWIN/eScience seminar:

  • “Digital Biomarkers: Do they hold promise for better neuropsychiatric disease detection?”: Reza Hosseini Ghomi, Senior Fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Washington; Chief Medical Officer, NeuroLex Laboratories

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Engineering Odor Guided Flight”: Tom Daniel, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington
  • “Highly-Integrated Neural Stimulation Electronics for Bidirectional Brain-Computer Interfaces (BBCI) including Artifact Cancellation”: Chris Rudell, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Washington

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Successful learning in artificial networks thanks to individual neuron failure”: Guillaume Lajoie, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Université de Montréal, Associate Member, Mila — Quebec Institute for Learning Algorithms

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Quantitative methods to identify behavioral states”: Adam Calhoun, Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton Neuroscience Insititute, Princeton University

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Dissecting the closed-loop feedback in animal echolocation”: Wu-Jung Lee, Research Associate, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington
  • “Sensory Substitution, Multisensory Conflict, and Body Ownership: Stepping, Seeing, Sensing, Stabbing!”: Eric Rombokas, Research Scientist, VA Center for Limb Loss and Mobility; Affiliate Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Computational models of cortical plasticity induced with brain-computer interfaces”: Eberhard Fetz, Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington
  • “Probing spatial and color vision at the resolution of single cone photoreceptors”: Ramkumar Sabesan, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Machine theories of animal learning”: Kameron Decker Harris, Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Biology, University of Washington
  • “Cortical plasticity when interfacing with a brain-computer interface”: Jeff Ojemann, Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

The 2017-18 seminar series:

Wednesday, October 11th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337:

  • “Neural devices to promote plasticity and recovery following spinal cord injury”: Chet Moritz, Associate Professor, Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington
  • “Neural coding of leg proprioception”: John Tuthill, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington

Wednesday, November 8th, 3:30pm,  Husky Union Building (HUB) 337:

  • “Fly-inspired visual flight control of insect-sized robots using wind sensing”: Sawyer Fuller, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
  • “Comparing shape representation in mid-level visual cortex to that in a deep convolutional neural network”: Wyeth Bair, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington

Wednesday, January 24th, 3:30pm, AMP Lab: Wallace Hall, 1st floor

  • A special UWIN seminar coinciding with the AMP Lab Open House! The AMP Lab is the Center for Amplifying Movement and Performance, http://depts.washington.edu/amplify/
  • Keynote talk on “Energy Optimization in Human Walking”: Max Donelan, Professor, Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University

Wednesday, February 14th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337:

  • “Neurometrics: Resting-state qEEG Predicts Second Language (L2) Learning as well as a Standardized Language Aptitude Test”: Chantel Prat, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington
  • “Linking the statistics of network activity and network connectivity”: Eric Shea-Brown, Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington

Wednesday, March 14th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337:

  • “Changes in Corticospinal Synaptic Strength Lead to Compensatory Changes in Cortical Neuron Firing. What’s the Feedback Signal?”: Steve Perlmutter, Research Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington
  • “Learning physics and the physics of learning”: Steve Brunton, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Wednesday, April 11th, 3:30pm, Physics Astronomy Auditorium (PAA) A102 – a special joint UWIN/eScience seminar:

  • “Making data science training resources FAIR”: Jack Van Horn, Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Southern California

Wednesday, May 9th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337:

  • “A simple microcircuit circuit for generating neural variability for vocal learning”: David Perkel, Professor, Departments of Biology and Otolaryngology, University of Washington
  • “Opportunities and Limitations of Neuroengineering approaches to CNS injury”: Rajiv Saigal, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

The 2016-17 seminar series:

Wednesday, October 12th, 3:30pm, HSB K-069:

  • “Neural inspired sparse sensors”: Bing Brunton, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor in Neuroengineering, Department of Biology, University of Washington
  • “Navigation across spatial scales”David Gire, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

Wednesday, November  9th, 3:30pm, HSB K-069, short talks:

  • “From pulse to percept: Modeling the perceptual experience of bionic vision”Ione Fine, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington
  • “Battery-free wireless cameras: A platform for neurally inspired information processing research?”Josh Smith, Associate Professor, Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Wednesday, December 14th, 3:30pm, HSB G-328: 

  • “Concentration change detectors in the olfactory bulb”: Matt Smear, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon: 

Wednesday, February 15th, 3:30pm,Husky Union Building (HUB) 340:

  • UWIN Industry Panel on starting companies, featuring Chris Diorio (Impinj), Carlos Guestrin (Turi/Dato, Inc./GraphLab), and Chris Own (Voxa, Ack! Industries)

Wednesday, March 8th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Advances and challenges in large-scale neuronal recordings from the primate brain”Beth Buffalo, Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington
  • “Electromagnetics Meets Biology”: Matt Reynolds, Associate Professor, Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Wednesday, April 12th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337: 

  • “Mechanosensation by deformable biological structures and its role in behavior”: Melina Hale, Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Wednesday, May 10th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337

  • “Engineering tools for optical monitoring and control of neuronal activity”Andre Berndt, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington
  • “Predictive dynamical models for human sensorimotor control of teleoperated robots”Sam Burden, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

The 2015-16 seminar series:

Wednesday, October 14th, 3:30pm, HSB K-069:

  • “Synergies and Simulation: Quantifying altered neuromuscular control after brain injury”: Dr. Kat Steele, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

Thursday, November 12th, 3:30pm, HSB G-417:

  • Machine learning techniques for discovering spatio-temporal response of primate retinal ganglion cells”: Dr. Yoram Singer, Senior Research Scientist, Google

Wednesday, December 9th, 3:30pm, HSB K-069:

  • “Neural processing, networks and desision-making: Integrating equation-free methods, machine learning and sparsity”: Dr. Nathan Kutz, Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington

Wednesday, January 13th, 3:30pm, PAA-A110:

  • “Beyond receptive fields: frontiers in neural coding”: Dr. Adrienne Fairhall, Associate Professor, Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington 

Wednesday, February 10th, 3:30pm, PAA-A110:

  • “The neural circuitry of reading”: Dr. Jason Yeatman, Assistant Professor, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

Wednesday, March 9th, 3:30pm, PAA-A110:

  • “Odor encoding as a dynamical process: experiments and computation”: Dr. Jeff Riffell, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington

Wednesday, April 13th, 3:30pm,PAA-A110:

  • “An implantable, low-power, high-density ECoG recording architecture for chronic Bidirectional Brain Computer Interfaces”: Dr. Visvesh Sathe, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Wednesday, May 4th, 3:30pm,PAA-A110:

  • UWIN Faculty Entrepreneurship Panel, featuring Drs. Josh Smith, Chet Moritz, Beth Buffalo, and Matt Reynolds