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2016

September

Dr. Ranu Jung and her team members were recognized for receiving patents by the President of FIU at the Inaugural FIU Inventors Recognition Reception. 

August

Dr. Ranu Jung and her team at the Adaptive Neural Systems Lab in collaboration with investigators from ASU recently received two patents for their work in developing an implantable system to provide sensation to upper limb amputees.  The two patents detail a modular implantable inline connector system as well as a system for managing the multiple leads needed to target multiple electrical stimulation sites within the body. 

Ashlee Sealy, a high school junior at Medical Academy for Science and Technology, received a first place award at annual FIU's Student Research Internship outreach program. Ashlee and Saadhvi Umesh, a senior at John A. Ferguson Senior High School worked on a project involving in designing a Limb Asymmetry Simulator to investigate the effects of lower limb prosthesis misalignment. High school students were mentored by Dr. Ranu Jung and her lab members.

April

eMerge Americas cranks up to showcase, celebrate tech
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April 18, 2016: At the Florida International University pavilion, exhibits showcased a construction safety forecasting program created with an oculus virtual reality headset and an anatomy-teaching table that reveals skin, muscles and bones. Also on display: a prosthetic hand implanted with sensors that send signals to the brain. The signals then facilitate greater control over the prosthetic and stimulate sensations much like real touch.

On April 4th Marisol Soula, Senior MARC U* STAR fellow in Dr. Jung's lab, won the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Biology at the 2016 College of Arts, Sciences and Education Awards Ceremony. The Student Awards Ceremony honors the outstanding students in the college by departments. She would like to thank the ANS lab, especially Dr. Jung and Anil Thota, for their continuous support and guidance. Congratulations!

 

Mr. Chintan Joshi successfully defended his master's thesis titled "EEG spectral changes before and after an eight-week intervention period of Preksha meditation." While under mentorship from Dr. Jung, Mr. Joshi Analyzed EEG data from adults undergoing a meditation intervention intended to enhance physiological and psychological well-being.


2015

August

Dr. Ranu Jung and the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory partner with the Combat Wounded Veterans Foundation

Students from FIU’s Adaptive Neural Systems Lab Present Research at Summer Research Internship Mini-Symposium


April

The first edition of the Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience was published in March 2015 by Springer. Professor Ranu Jung co-edited this four volume work with Professor Dieter Jaeger form Emory University. This major reference work also includes entries by Dr. Brian K. Hillen postdoctoral fellow in the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory and Drs. Mohamed Abdelghani and Sharmila Venugopal both of whom were previously postdoctoral fellows in Professor Jung’s laboratory. A three-year undertaking, the 3180 page work is a comprehensive overview of the computational neuroscience field for both researchers and students. It includes 1109 illustrations, 769 in color, and contains nearly 1,000 entries in 50 subject areas. It is cross-linked with the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, the Encyclopedia of machine Learning, and other major reference works.

April

During the 2015 BME Undergraduate Research Day, Luai Mustafa earned the Second Place Prize for his poster presentation of his research project titled “Developing a Dynamic Biomechanical Model of the Knee Using 3D Printing.” Luai began his undergraduate research project during late November. When asked about what sparked his interest in his project and the ANS laboratory Luai explained “From my shadowing experience with an orthopedic surgeon over the summer, I developed an overwhelming interest in the mechanics of the joints in the body as well as the surgical procedures applied to repair various injuries. While reading over the research projects involved here in the BME department, I instantly related with the ANS lab and their involvement with the bionic arm. When I first met with Dr. Jung to discuss undergraduate research opportunities in the lab, I expressed my enthusiasm for the field of orthopedics and my goal to attend medical school upon graduation. Dr. Jung explained to me that most of the projects in her lab were more concentrated on neural systems and interfaces so she did not have any orthopedic projects available. The next day, Dr. Jung had a meeting with a radiologist from Baptist Health of South Florida named Dr. Juan Carlo Batlle where he expressed interest in developing a dynamic model for the knee joint. Fortunately for me, Dr. Jung had my resume on hand and she referred me to Dr. Batlle.” Since November, Luai has been working with Dr. Batlle and Andres E. Pena in the ANS lab to learn about the 3D printing process and how to make the model useful for clinicians. The 2015 BME Undergraduate Research Day was Luai’s first time presenting his research progress and explained the event as an insightful learning experience. He mentioned “It’s one thing to understand your own research but to be able to adequately describe your methods and the clinical needs and applications of your project in a short amount of time is truly an art form.” Luai also expressed his sincere appreciation for the research opportunity he received from Dr. Jung and Dr. Batlle and was honored to represent them in his recent presentation.

2015 BME Undergraduate Research DayCurrently, Luai has been successful at printing patient-specific bones and now is planning on how to reattach the bones in a manner that would demonstrate accurate patellar tracking.

According to Dr. Batlle, developing an accurate model will be quite challenging and he described “Our biggest challenge in producing 3D models is how best to simplify a complex structure like a joint without oversimplification that renders the model inadequate in describing anatomic motion. We have to make decisions about whether or not to include adjacent muscles and cartilage, where to place ligament insertions to best mimic their native attachments, and what materials to use for ligaments and tendons. Trial and error, along with educated guesswork and lessons from others, will help us on our way.” Nonetheless, Dr. Batlle is excited about the progress on the project up to date and is pleased to hear that the presentation was received well during the event.

Presentation (pptx).

Elizabeth Gallardo, Junior, Biomedical Engineering student, has been selected as a Goldwater Scholar. She was selected as one of 260 scholars out of 1206 applicants nation-wide.

"Elizabeth has an outstanding academic record. She has also been extensively engaged in research projects. She is a leader and has taken responsibility for many outreach events. What is not reflected in her resume is her caring and supporting attitude to others. She has encouraged many other female students to seek new opportunities, guiding them, and prodding them to talk to faculty. I have no doubt that she has the intellect, passion and diligence that will allow her to attain her dreams.”  ~ Dr. Ranu Jung

From Dr. Rebekah Shulze:

I am writing with very exciting news for the FIU STEM community.

Elizabeth Gallardo, Junior, Biomedical Engineering, was just notified that she’s been selected as a Goldwater Scholar. She was selected as one of 260 scholars out of 1206 applicants nation-wide.

As listed on the Goldwater site in her bio – “Career Goal: I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering to conduct research in biomechatronics designing prosthetics that enable amputees to perform vigorous exercises in competitive sports.”

The list of scholars can be seen here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/sch-2015.php and the press release can be seen here: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/yyschrel.php

I am so excited for both FIU and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a terrific young scholar. We worked hard on her application with the help of Professor Marcy Lowenstein. Elizabeth is the 3rd Goldwater recipient for FIU.

Please share with your faculty and students. I am sure we have many more students like Elizabeth who would make wonderful applicants for this scholarship in the coming cycles. Send them my way!

Best,
Rebekah


2014

Brett AwardOctober

The Adaptive Neural System's would like to congratulate their very own undergraduate researcher Brett Davis for receiving first place on the poster he presented at the McNair Research Conference. Keep up the excellent work Brett!

Meeting Dr. John HoldrenOn October 1, 2014, the ANS Lab had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. John Holdren! For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, he is the senior advisor to President Barack Obama on science and technology issues, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors of Science and Technology. It is a great honor that he chose to visit our lab!

September

Dr. Ranu Jung received US patent “Neuromorphic controlled powered orthotic and prosthetic system.”  Advensys LLC, a small R&D company started by Dr. Jung was granted a US patent on July 29th for a portable system and device that can provide “crutchfree walking” to a person with an injured lower limb. The system automatically initiates and terminates and adjusts based on the intent of the user to walk and their walking speed. Neuromorphic Controlled Powered Orthotic and Prosthetic System


The ANS Lab would like to congratulate Elizabeth Gallardo for being offered a position in the joint REU program in bioengineering, scientific computing, robotics, and materials science and engineering at Harvard University. The program requirements include writing a short mid-program written report, attendance at weekly evening faculty-led seminars, participating in an ethics seminar, giving a final presentation, and the choice of writing a final research paper or developing a video about their research. The program consists of approximately 60-70 other students from across the United States and the world. Elizabeth will be working on how cells respond to the substrate they attach to. Her main goal will be to find ways to decouple substrate porosity and substrate stiffness. Good luck, Elizabeth!


The ANS Lab would like to extend a warm congratulations to the following students:

  • Vaibhavi Patil, a master student research assistant, for her recent graduation from Florida International University.
  • Andres Pena, a doctoral student researcher at the lab, for his recent appointment as President of the FIU chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta.
  • Michelle Zarabozo, an undergraduate student research assistant, for her recent appointment as Scribe of the executive board of the Omega Gamma chapter of Theta Tau.

Graduate 2013

 

Vaibhavi Patil (left) and Dr. Ranu Jung (right) pose together on the of Vaibhavi graduation day.

Graduate 2013

Michelle Zarabozo (center) poses with the newly elected members of the Theta Tau of the Omega Gamma chapter’s executive board on the day she was appointed scribe.

The Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory is proud to have been a participant in the FIU Engineering Expo 2014 on Friday, February 21, 2014. During this event, FIU hosted over a 1000 students ranging from elementary to high school level of which the ANS lab saw several hundred for demonstrations of the work the lab has done towards an advanced artificial limb. These demonstrations included games that allowed the students to experience the technology firsthand, such as: toy cars and videogames that they were able to control through simple arm movements by placing electrodes on over their arm muscles. We are glad to say this year's involvement was as great a success as last year's!”


2013

Congratulations to the ANS Lab’s very own Betzaida Hernandez, an undergraduate research assistant, for her appointment as Corresponding Secretary of Theta Tau Omega Gamma.

Congratulations to Andres Pena, incoming doctoral student, who received the 2013-2014 Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Project fellowship at Florida International University.  The goal of this fellowship is to provide research training and professional development opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain their doctoral degrees at FIU.

Graduate 2013

 

Congratulations to Andres Pena for graduating on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Dr. Ranu Jung gives a talk at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis entitled, “Accelerating Locomotor Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury” on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12 pm.

Tatiana Bejarano won the Association of Cuban Engineers (AIC) Momentum Consulting Corporation Scholarship.

Andres Pena won first place at the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Day on March 22, 2013 for his poster entitled, “Design and development of hand-opening and pinch force sensors.” Sathya Kuntaegowdanahalli and Ranu Jung also were authors on the poster.

Adeline Zbrzeski, with Ranu Jung, had an abstract accepted for the 29th Annual Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference in Miami, FL, May 3-5, 2013. It is entitled, “Power/Area Efficient Low Noise Amplifier for Ultra-Low Amplitude Recording from Amputee Intrafascicular Nerve.

Anil Thota, with Sathya Kuntaegowdanahalli, Amy Starosciak, Jorge Orbay, James Abbas, Kenneth Horch and Ranu Jung, had an abstract accepted for the 29th Annual SBEC. It is entitled, “A multi-lead multi-electrode system for neural-interface enabled advanced prostheses.”

Amy Starosciak and Anil Thota were judges for the First Annual Life Sciences South Florida STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 16, 2013.

Dr. Ranu Jung was inducted as fellow into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in February.

Amy Starosciak was a judge at the Miami-Dade STEM Expo on January 26, 2013.


2012

BEATSThe paper presented by Dinesh Bhatia, Mohamed Abdelghani, Tatiana Bejarano, and Ranu Jung at December’s Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technologies (BEATS) won an award for Best Paper and Presentation.

Mohamed Abdelghani, with Amy K. Starosciak, Ranu Jung, Ken Horch, and Jimmy Abbas, presented a poster entitled, “Simulation and decoding of neural recordings from longitudinal intrafascicular electrodes” at the DARPA RE-NET PI November 12-14, 2012 in New Orleans, LA.

Anil Thota, with Sathyakumar Kuntaegowdanahalli and Ranu Jung, presented a poster entitled, “Multilead multi-longitudinal intrafascicular electrode system for neural recording” at the DARPA RE-NET PI November 12-14, 2012 in New Orleans, LA.

Amy K. Starosciak delivers a talk to the FIU Society of Women Engineers, entitled “Excelling in a Traditionally-Male World: Finding a Female Mentor” on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 4 pm in EC2300.

Brian Hillen and Ranu Jung presented a poster at the 42nd Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference (Poster # 678.16/MM4) on October 16, 2012, 1-5 pm in New Orleans, LA.

Mohamed Abdelghani, with Amy K. Starosciak, Ranu Jung, Ken Horch, and Jimmy Abbas, presented a poster at the 42nd Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference (Poster # 584.20/SS19) on October 16, 2012, 8 am-12 pm in New Orleans, LA.

presenting posterAdeline Zbrzeski, with Ranu Jung, presented a poster at the 42nd Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference (Poster #480.25/PP11) on October 15, 2012, 1-5 pm in New Orleans, LA.

Tatiana Bejarano won the FIU Graduate & Professional Student Committee Travel Award to attend the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in October.

Dr. Ranu Jung gave an invited talk at the 2012 BioFlorida Annual Conference entitled "Neurodesign:Neurotechnology for Neurorecovery" on October 8, 2012.

Tatiana Bejarano presented a poster at the FIU Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Research Day on September 28, 2012.

Dr. Dinesh Bhatia delivered an invited lecture entitled " Role and Scope of Biomedical Engineering" to undergraduates biomedical engineering students at Florida International University, on September 26, 2012.

ASB 2012

 

Dinesh Bhatia presented a poster entitled, "Muscle activity patterns of lower extremity during lateral (frontal) side stepping task modulation from different heights" at American Society of Biomechanics Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida in August.

Steffany Bahamon

 

Steffany Bahamon presented her work in the lab at the FIU Summer Research Internship Mini-Symposium in August.

ASME 2012

 

Dinesh Bhatia presented a poster entitled, " Lower extremity muscle activity patterns during lateral (frontal) side stepping task modulation from different heights" at the Summer Bioengineering Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fajardo, Puerto Rico in June.

ANS had a poster describing our academic-clinical-industrial partnerships at the EDC Biotech Conference in May.

Adeline Zbrzeski gave a talk entitled, “Biomedical Engineering: Bridging engineering, science and medicine” at the 2012 PAHCE conference in May.

Tatiana BejaranoTatiana Bejarano presented a poster entitled, “Study of biomechanical patterns for identifying biomarkers for Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)” at the BME Undergraduate Research Day in March.

Andres PenaAndres Pena presented a poster entitled, “Methods for quantitative assessment of proprioceptive and force sensory feedback” at the BME Undergraduate Research Day in March.

Andrew Musto, president of the FIU chapter of the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, organized and presented an exhibit (23-step Rube Goldberg device) for the Miami Science Museum “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” on February 25, 2012.

Expo 12The ANS lab organized a hands-on exhibit for Engineering Expo 12 where students could use EMG signals to open and close a prosthetic hand.

Expo 12 students

Ranu Jung delivered a presentation entitled, “Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology”; for FIU in DC: Faculty Expert Series - Alumni Briefing in Washington, DC on January 19, 2012.

Ranu Jung gave a presentation entitled, “Biomedical Engineering at FIU” for the Congressional Staff Briefings in Washington, DC on January 19, 2012.


2011

Amy K. Starosciak gave a talk entitled, “Social enrichment differentially alters alcohol intake in two different self-administration paradigms” at the 2011 SfN Conference in November.

Ranu Jung gave a talk entitled, “Neuromorphic design and neural prostheses for restoring sensorimotor function” at Case Western Reserve University in February.


2009

Ranu Jung, PhD and James Abbas, PhD. “Adaptive Biomimetic Technology to Promote Neural Adaptation” Tempe, AZ, July 30, 2009 [pdf]

James Abbas, PhD. “Neuromorphic Design of Adaptive Systems for Neuromotor Rehabilitation” University of Florida, Feb. 24, 2009

James Abbas, PhD.“Personalized Technology for Neuromotor Therapy” University of Florida, Feb. 25, 2009


2008

Ranu Jung, PhD. “Promoting Neuroplasticity” National Brain Research Center, Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, Dec. 18, 2008

Ranu Jung, PhD. “Pervasive Health Monitoring” International Congress on Pervasive Computing and Management. Delhi, India, December 14, 2008. (Speaker and Panel member)

James Abbas, PhD."Adaptive Biomimetic Technology to Promoting Neural Adaptation" BMS/BMI Seminar Series, Phoenix, AZ Oct.23, 2008. [pdf]

James Abbas, PhD. "Promoting Neural Adaptation using Adaptive Technology" NAU, Flagstaff, CA. Oct.3, 2008 [pdf]

James Abbas, PhD. “Neuromorphogenic Adaptation”, presented at Institute for Neuromorphic Engineering 15th Annual Workshop Telluride, CO, July 2008

Drs. Ranu Jung, Sharon Crook and Joe Graham. Annual CRCNS P.I. meeting in LA, CA. on June 1-4, 2008.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Neurotechnology for making neural circuits functional" Twelfth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems (12th ICCNS), Boston University, Boston, MA. May 13, 2008.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Adaptive neurotechnology for making neural circuits functional" 2008 APS Annual March Meeting, New Orleans, LA. March 14, 2008.

James Abbas, PhD. “Adaptive Neural Systems”, presented at the 3rd International Conference on Body Area Networks. Tempe, AZ, March, 2008

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Neurotechnology for making neural circuits functional" 2nd Annual ASU-BNI Neuroscience Symposium, Tempe, AZ. February 16, 2008.


2007

James J. Abbas, PhD. "Advances in neuromotor therapy after spinal cord injury" 8th Educational Conference of the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, Phoenix, AZ. Oct 26, 2007.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Synergistic Learning: Adaptive Neurotechnology for Promoting Neuroplasticity" University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. November 30, 2007.

James J. Abbas, PhD. "Personalized neuromuscular electrical stimulation for exercise or neuromotor therapy" 30th Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Harrisburg, PA. Nov. 2, 2007.

Ranu Jung, PhD. Introductory lecture at the "Neuro-Machine Interfaces: Integrating Biology and Technology to Develop Functionally Relevant Devices" Workshop 16th Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting, Toronto, Canada. July 12, 2007.

James Abbas, PhD. "Neuromorphic Design of Smart Prosthetic and Therapeutic Systems" Institute for Neuromorphic Engineering 14th Annual Workshop, Telluride, CO. July 14, 2007.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Co-Adaptive (Synergistic) Learning", position statement presentation and participation at the"Future Challenges in Science and Engineering of Learning" workshop. Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation, Washington DC. July 23-25, 2007.

James Abbas, PhD "Neural Engineering: Neural Prostheses & Rehabilitation" BMES Society, Los Angeles, CA. September 28, 2007.

James Abbas, PhD. "Improving neuromotor function after incomplete spinal cord injury" Neurorehabilitation Unit, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ. September 2007.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Making Neural Circuits Functional" The Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, June 15, 2007.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Neuromorphic Engineering: Cognitive and Behaving Systems- Applications" 2007 Neuromorphic Spring Meeting, Porto Conte Ricerche, Tramariglio, Italy. April 14th, 2007.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Technology to make neural circuits functional" The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Phoenix Chapter, Tempe, AZ. LL10 ASU. February 15th, 2007, 5:30-7:00 pm.


2006

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Designing Adaptive Engineered Systems… To Promote Adaptation in Neural Systems" Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yamaguchi University, Hofu, Japan. September 16, 2006.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Hindlimb neuromuscular stimulation therapy after thoracic contusion injury promotes locomtor recovery" Oral presentation, Thursday, September 14, 11:35 am Session 4: FES as Treatment Tool for SCI

R. Jung, A. Belanger, T. Kanchiku, J. Lynskey, M. Mukherjee, D. Hagner, J.J. Abba. 11th Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society, Miyagi-Zhao, Japan. Proceedings available online: www.ifess.org

Ranu Jung, PhD. "SAIF - A new Small Animal Imaging Facility at ASU" Sensor, Signal and Information Processing Workshop on "New Applications of Signal Processing in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)" at ASU" April 28, 2006


2005

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Making Neural Circuits Functional" University of Arizona, Bioengineering, Tuscon, AZ. October 3, 2005.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Making Spinal Circuits Functional: Influence of the brain and periphery in the control of locomotion"
The Institute of Neuromorphic Engineering, Univ. Maryland and the Institute of Neuroinformatics ETH-Zurich joint workshop on "Processing and Generation of Temporal Signals in Neural and Neuromorphic Systems", Zurich, Switzerland. August 23, 2005.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Functional Motor Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury" University of Arizona, Physiological Sciences Interdisciplinary Program, Tuscon, AZ. May 6, 2005.

Ranu Jung, PhD. "Bioengineering" Arizona Bio-EXPO 2005, Phoenix, AZ. March 29, 2005.

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