ANS lab members attend 2017 Amputee Coalition Conference, August 3-5, 2017

The ANS lab members attended the 2017 Amputee Coalition Conference in Louisville, KY. A booth was set up to showcase the Neural-Enabled Prosthetic Hand (NEPH) System project and to recruit volunteers for the study. Liliana Rincon-Gonzalez and Andres Pena talked to people with limb loss, scientists, prosthetists, occupational therapists, and others about the NEPH project.

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Doctoral Students attend 2017 Sunshine State Scholars ConferenceDoctoral Students attend 2017 Sunshine State Scholars Conference

Doctoral student Andres Pena, and Master's student Caitlyn Myland attended the 2017 Sunshine State Scholars Conference to showcase the NEPH project for the top 11th grade student in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from each Florida school district. The Sunshine State Scholars program recognizes students, teachers and schools that achieved excellence in mathematics and science.


eMERGE 2017ANS featured at eMERGE 2017

ANS neuroimplant technology is featured at eMERGE 2017, a 2-day tech event of the Americas, highlighting the latest technology trends, global thought leaders, summits, startup competitions and more.  Miami Beach June 12-13, 2017.

Open House: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Ortho Pro Associates will be hosting an open house to learn more about our study to evaluate a new prosthetic hand system intended to provide the sense of touch, force, and hand opening to the user by wirelessly stimulating nerves in the residual limb. Please see flyer for more information.

Open House: Friday, February 24, 2017. 2:30pm to 7:00pm

The Adaptive Neural Systems (ANS) Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University (FIU) would like to invite you to an open house in our laboratory to learn more about our research and find ways to collaborate. The team, led by Dr. Ranu Jung (interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing), includes students, engineers, and scientists who are designing and developing technology to offset the effects of limb amputation, orthopedic injury and disease, spinal cord injury, and other neuromotor diseases. Please see the flyer for more information.


Members of the Adaptive Neural Systems Lab are attending the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego. Graduate students are presenting work on topics ranging from providing sensation for amputees to providing electrical stimulation for respiratory function following spinal cord injury.

While at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience meeting, the poster by Andres Pena was visited by the NIBIB Director Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew and Program Managers Dr. Grace Peng and Dr. Michael Wolfson.

Left to Right: Dr. Michael Wolfson (Program Manager, NIBIB), Andres Pena (BME/FIU), Dr. Ranu Jung (BME/FIU), Dr. Grace Peng (Program Manager, NIBIB), Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Director, NIBIB)


Honors student Francesca Riccio-Ackerman

February 26-27:
Honors student Francesca Riccio-Ackerman attended the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) at University of Tampa. She presented a poster titled “A study on proprioception and touch perception in object discrimination.”

Diego Aguilar

February 19:
Student Diego Aguilar attended the 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Day hosted by the department of Biomedical Engineering at FIU. His poster presentation on “Design and Development of a Vibrotactile Sensory Feedback System for Upper Limb Prostheses” won second place.


Student Marisol Soula is attending "Quantitative Methods Workshop: Theory and practice" sponsored by The Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT Jan 2- 9.

The MIT Biology Department and the NSF-Funded Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) offer a 7-day intensive Quantitative Methods Workshop (QMW) for students and faculty from a limited number of institutions with MARC, RISE, and HHMI programs. Registration is by invitation only.



The ANS lab was present in this year’s Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago, IL. The lab participated with a total of six posters from Andres Pena, Anil Thota, Brian Hillen, Liliana Rincon-Gonzalez, and Ricardo Siu. The lab got the opportunity to interact with researchers on the forefront of their respective fields, policy makers, and well-known physicians in the field of neuroscience.


At last year’s MAXIMUS Higher Education Meeting, our faculty keynote speaker Dr. Robert Ballard ─ discoverer of the Titanic and Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island ─ amazed us with a live streaming aboard his research ship. This year we are honored to welcome Ranu Jung, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory at Florida International University as our faculty keynote speaker. Dr. Jung holds the Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholars Chair in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University. Previously she held faculty appointments at University of Kentucky and Arizona State University where she was founding co-director of the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems. She received her B.Tech with Distinction in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

To reserve your seat for what is sure to be an impressive faculty keynote and an exciting week of networking, seminars and discussions, you’ll need to act fast. Regular price registration for the 28th Annual MAXIMUS Higher Education Meeting ends August 23rd. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Eden Roc Hotel room block has a limited number of rooms left and it is filling up quickly! We highly suggest registering and making your hotel reservations this week.

When: September 16-19, 2015
Where: The Eden Roc Hotel – Miami Beach, Florida
Register Now: https://highereducation.maximus.com/usersmeeting

We look forward to seeing you next month in Miami Beach!


Dr. Brian Hillen is spending a week with collaborators Dr. Sylvie Renaud and her team at the University of Bordeaux on the CENAVEX project for ventilatory pacing.

ANS Lab membersANS lab members participating in ‎collaborative study at the University of Bordeaux on the development of a ventilatory pacing system.


Dr. Ranu Jung was an invited speaker at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research held in Fukuoka, Japan, April 16-April 18, 2015. She spoke on “Engineering Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury”.


The ANS lab joined other engineering labs in showcasing the possibilities of a career in the STEM fields to local middle school and high school students during the annual Engineering Expo at the FIU’s Engineering Center. The ANS lab demonstrated and explained how engineering knowledge can merge with physiological knowledge to create a brain machine interface using EMG signals to control a commercial RC car. More



Andres PenaDoctorate student Andres Pena representing the Adaptive Neural Systems Lab while presenting his poster titled, “Fatigue Testing of Longitudinal Intrafasicular Electrodes as a Peripheral Nerve Interface” at the Neural Interface Conference 2014.


Students and staff from the ANS lab hosted a booth at eMerge America convention on May 5-6, 2014. At the booth, lab members showcased the first implantable, wireless neural interface system for upper extremity prosthesis.


The Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory is proud to have been a participant in the FIU Engineering Expo on February 21, 2014. During this event, FIU hosted over a 1000 students ranging from elementary to high school level.



The ANS lab had a booth set up at the Amputee Coalition National Conference June 27-29.  Amy Starosciak and Anil Thota talked to people with limb loss, scientists, prosthetists, and vendors about current research and neuroprostheses.


The FIU Department of Biomedical Engineering sponsors the 29th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference that is being held May 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, FL.

The ANS lab held a Research Information Session for the Miami Amputees in Action support group on Wednesday May 1st, 12-2 pm at Jackson Hospital in downtown Miami, Room DTA #270.


Dr. Jung and the FIU Department of Biomedical Engineering held a Trifecta Event on March 22, 2013 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BME department, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wallace Coulter (whose foundation supported the creation of and continues to support the department), and the 3rd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The ANS lab held a Research Information Session at OrthoPro Associates on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm.


Engineering ExpoThe ANS lab organized several hands-on exhibits for Engineering Expo 13 on February 22, 2013.  Students could use EMG signals to open and close a prosthetic hand, to control signals on a computer screen, or to control a remote control car. 

The ANS lab was visited by members of FIU’s consulting firm, Van Scoyoc Associates, on February 19, 2013. Attendees included Carolyn Fuller, Leslee Gilbert, Mike Adcock, and Kathie Olsen.

Dr. Ranu Jung was selected as a fellow into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Her induction ceremony is during the AIMBE Annual Event, February 17-19 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

The FIU Biomedical Engineering Department hosts a Nobel Prize Laureate (Chemistry, 1996) on Friday, February 8, 2012. Sir Harold Kroto delivers a speech entitled "Creativité Sans Frontières" in GC 150 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, followed by a reception in the EC Panther Pit at 4:00 pm.


NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) hosts its first industry workshop at the FIU MARC Pavilion on January 30, 2013.

The ANS lab gives an overview of current research and demonstrates novel technology developed in the lab to members of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors on January 25, 2013.



The ANS lab demonstrates technology for controlling a prosthetic limb to the FIU Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting on November 29, 2012.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held its annual PI meeting for the RE-NET program November 12-14, 2012 in New Orleans, LA.

Please join the ANS lab and Ortho Pro Associates for an informational session on getting involved in current and innovative research at FIU.
Monday, November 5, 2012 4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. and Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.


The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) annual conference is held in Atlanta, GA October 24-27.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual conference is held in New Orleans, LA October 13-17.


FIU held its Summer Internship Mini-Symposium in August. The program offers high school students a unique research experience during the summer. Students are matched with mentors based on their scientific interests and earn volunteer service hours while they engage in and are exposed to real-life research at FIU. Interns complete eight weeks of laboratory research, attend professional development seminars, and receive career counseling from faculty and staff. In addition, interns are trained in bioethics, laboratory safety, library skills, and delivering scientific presentations.


ANS hosted a workshop onDisease Dynamics: Computational Modeling of Neurological Disease”. The goal of this workshop was to bring together a diverse group of neuroscientists to discuss and present recent advances in computational modeling of dynamical disease phenomena. The workshop promoted cross-talk on pathogenic mechanisms in multiple neurological conditions while providing opportunities for an open dialog amongst experimental, computational and clinical neuroscientists to further stimulate the utilization of computational models in predicting disease dynamics.



The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Summer Bioengineering Conference was held June 20-23 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) hosted a conference in Ocala May 11-12.

On May 9, the FIU Biomedical Engineering Department hosted the Enterprise Development Corporation (EDC) 11th Annual Life Science Conference – Biotech 2012 entitled, “Education to Innovation: New Opportunities for Regional Collaboration.”

The FIU Spring Open House for incoming students was held on Saturday, April 21. The College of Engineering and Computing will be featured, including projects from ANS.

The Pan American Health Care Exchanges (PAHCE) annual conference was held March 26-31 at FIU. The conference provides a forum and linkage for the personnel of institutions that deliver health care within the Americas, including: hospitals and clinics; academic institutions encompassing education and training in related areas; and medical device and equipment industry.

Undergrad Research Day

FIU is held its 2nd Annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, March 23.

The Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) hosted a two-day scientific symposium, “Neural Circuits: From Molecules to Behavior” on March 6-7 at the Lifelong Learning Complex on the Jupiter campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU).

The FIU Engineering Expo 12 was held on February 24 and elementary through high school students traveled from around the Miami-Dade area to learn about engineering at FIU.


The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual conference was held in Washington, DC November 12-16.