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

The 2017-18 seminar series

  • Wednesday, October 11th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337, short talks:
    • “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, short talks:
    • “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” by Max Donelan, Professor, Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
  • Wednesday, February 14th, 3:30pm, Husky Union Building (HUB) 337, short talks:
    • “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, short talks:
    • “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, short talks:
    • “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, short talks:
    • “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: Matt Smear, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon: “Concentration change detectors in the olfactory bulb”
  • 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: Melina Hale, Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago: “Mechanosensation by deformable biological structures and its role in behavior”
  • 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: Dr. Kat Steele, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington: “Synergies and Simulation: Quantifying altered neuromuscular control after brain injury”
  • Thursday, November 12th, 3:30pm, HSB G-417: Dr. Yoram Singer, Senior Research Scientist, Google: “Machine learning techniques for discovering spatio-temporal response of primate retinal ganglion cells”
  • Wednesday, December 9th, 3:30pm, HSB K-069: Dr. Nathan Kutz, Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington: “Neural processing, networks and desision-making: Integrating equation-free methods, machine learning and sparsity”
  • Wednesday, January 13th, 3:30pm, PAA-A110: Dr. Adrienne Fairhall, Associate Professor, Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington: “Beyond receptive fields: frontiers in neural coding”
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 3:30pm, PAA-A110: Dr. Jason Yeatman, Assistant Professor, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Washington: “The neural circuitry of reading”
  • Wednesday, March 9th, 3:30pm, PAA-A110: Dr. Jeff Riffell, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington: “Odor encoding as a dynamical process: experiments and computation”
  • Wednesday, April 13th, 3:30pm,PAA-A110: Dr. Visvesh Sathe, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington: “An implantable, low-power, high-density ECoG recording architecture for chronic Bidirectional Brain Computer Interfaces”
  • Wednesday, May 4th, 3:30pm,PAA-A110: UWIN Faculty Entrepreneurship Panel, featuring Drs. Josh Smith, Chet Moritz, Beth Buffalo, and Matt Reynolds