July 2019

Ricardo Siu
Ricardo Siu

Ricardo Siu
Congratulations to Ricardo Siu for becoming the first doctoral student graduate of the ANS lab at FIU

Caitlyn Myland
Congratulations to Caitlyn Myland for graduating with her
master's degree in biomedical engineering at the ANS lab at FIU



Dr. Ranu Jung and Valentina Dargam

Graduate student Valentina Dargam presented her work "Language Proficiency and Executive Function: an fNIRS Study" at Neuroscience 2018 in San Diego, California. She gave a poster presentation on her research focused on behavioral and neural differences in executive functioning in reference to language proficiency. She is interested in studying the language profile of heritage speakers, a growing and under-researched population in the US. She hopes her work will help explore how we can change the national discourse around bilingual curricula in public education.


Undergraduate Research Day

ANS lab students present at the 9th Annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day on September 28, 2018.

Luis Herran  Undergrad Day 2018

Undergraduate BME student and CURE Researcher Luis Herran was awarded second place for best poster presentation at the 9th Annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day at Florida International University (Miami, FL). He presented a poster titled "Evoked referred sensations through quadripolar transcutaneous electrical neurostimulation". Luis has been working with his doctoral student mentor Andres Pena, to investigate the potential benefits of stimulating the median and ulnar nerves non-invasively through a quadripolar surface electrode configuration and interfering pulses to evoke distally referred sensations more comfortably, efficiently and consistently than traditional bipolar stimulation.

Victoria Leon

Undergraduate BME student and CURE Researcher Victoria Leon presented a poster titled "The benefits of bilingualism for children born preterm: An fNIRS study". Bilingualism can give children a significant edge in executive functioning, which mediates critical aspects of attention that are necessary for academic achievement. This study seeks to explore the potential for bilingualism to mediate preterm-born children's executive function.

Bridgette Manohar

Undergraduate BME student Bridgette Manohar presented a poster titled "Evaluating the effects of sensory feedback on motor control using functional near-infrared spectroscopy". There is some evidence that amputee's brains remap due to the loss of sensation from their limb, however the modulation of brain activity due to reintroduction of lost sensations is not well understood. This study aims to image superficial cortical brain areas or amputees using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) for evaluating the effects of sensorimotor re-integration in amputees using neural enabled prostheses.

Summer 2018 Research Internship

Presenting their projects at the Science and Research Internship Symposium at Green Library at Florida international University at Main campus on August 10th accompanied by their supervisor Diego Aguilar (center). Shania Mair (right) performed verification testing on an experimental device employed on psychophysics human trials, contributing to the development of the device. Michelle Huang (Left) worked on developing a method of adapting functional near Infrared Spectroscopy to different head shapes in order to optimize the collection of imaging data.

Summer Symposium

Shania Mair, 8 grader from MAST Academy, conducted a validation test on an experimental device during her internship at the ANS Lab. With the aid of her mentor Diego Aguilar, she found glitches in the device and used her knowledge on physics to propose appropriate solutions that the ANS team could implement in future iterations of the device.

Diego Aguilar, Shania Mair

Conference for Undergraduate Research

Students from ANS laboratories participated of the Conference for Undergraduate Research at FIU that was held on March 27th & 28th. This conference is a university-wide showcase opened to FIU students from any major that want to show off their work.

Diana Caduff

Undergraduate student Diana Caduff presented her work on "Detecting the Presence of Sensory Stimuli in Neural Recordings" at the 2018 CURFIU Conference. She gave a poster presentation on comparing different methods of processing neural signal recordings to detect and differentiate neural signals from noise or sporadic spikes.

Valentina Dargan

Valentina Dargan presented her poster and gave an oral presentation on "Executive Functioning in Bilinguals, Monolinguals and Heritage Language Speakers with Limited Proficiency: An fNIRS Study". This study, first of its kind, aims to explore the potential for a bilingual edge in executive functioning with heritage speakers, who may have limited proficiency in their second language but understand it.

Luis Herran

Luis Herran presented his poster on "Evoked Referred Sensations through surface electrical stimulation of the median nerve". This study focuses on experimenting different stimulation waveform parameters and their effects on the modality and location of the referred sensations. Mono-polar stimulation is used to stimulate the median nerve on able-bodied participants on the area of the wrist to avoid motor recruitment. The pilot study served to test the effectiveness of the system and protocol, and concentrates on the effect of 3 different pulse frequencies.

Graduate Research Day 2018

On Friday, February 2nd, 2018, FIU BME graduate students presented their research in their respective fields. Twenty-four students, in both our Masters and Ph.D. programs, were judged on three different categories: content, display, and oral presentation based on their research.

Ilan Black

We would like to congratulate first prize winner, Iian Black, on his research titled "Recording from Individual Axons in Teased Spinal Cord Rootlets" at Florida International University Biomedical Engineering Department Graduate Research Days 2018

Ricardo Siu

Ricardo Siu presenting a poster "Adaptive control of ventilation through respiratory pacing following spinal cord injury" at Florida International University Biomedical Engineering Department Graduate Research Days 2018

Andres Pena

Andres Pena presenting a poster "Comparison of Vibrotactile System to Encode Feedback of Grasp Force and Hand Opening of a Sensorized Myoelectric Prosthetic Hand" at Florida International University Biomedical Engineering Department Graduate Research Days 2018



Andres Pena

Andres Pena presented a scientific talk on his work titled "Effect of vibrotactile feedback and hand interface compliance on grasp force and hand opening control of a sensorized myoelectric prosthetic hand"  at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC

Ricardo Siu

Ricardo Siu presented a poster on his work titled "Adaptive control of ventilation through respiratory pacing following spinal cord injury" at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC

Valentina Dargam  Valentina Dargam

Undergraduate student Valentina Dargam presented her work on "Executive functioning in bilinguals, monolinguals and heritage language speakers with limited proficiency: An fNIRS study" at the 2017 FIU McNair Scholars Research Conference in Miami. She gave an oral and poster presentation on identifying the differences in how monolinguals, bilinguals and heritage language speakers perform when asked to engage in tasks that require executive functioning. She is exploring whether there are differences in the neural and behavioral recruitment of executive functioning between different language proficiencies. This study could arguably be used as justification for dual enrollment programs, and most importantly, for the promotion of more English-Spanish bilingualism across the county.


Ricardo Siu

PhD Candidate Ricardo Siu presented his work on "a Neuromorphic System for Adaptive Closed-Loop Control of Ventilation after Spinal Cord Injury" at the 2017 International Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona this October. He discussed how computational studies and animal studies were used to validate an adaptive controller that can provide individualized ventilatory pacing in patients with hypoventilation. The results showed that the controller can provide excellent breath volume control and has the capability to provide good end-tidal CO2 control as well.


ANS lab students present at the 8th Annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day on September 29, 2017.

CURE Trainee Daniella Rojas

Undergraduate student and CURE Trainee Daniella Rojas attended the 8th Annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day at Florida International University (Miami, FL). She presented a poster titled "Design and Development of a Fragile Object Simulator".

CURE Researcher Francesca Riccio-Ackerman

Honors undergraduate student and CURE Researcher Francesca Riccio-Ackerman attended the 8th Annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day at Florida International University (Miami, FL). She presented a poster titled "A Study on Somatosensation: the Effect of Proprioception on Touch Perception".

McNair Fellow Valentina Dargam

Undergraduate student and McNair Fellow Valentina Dargam attended the 8th Annual Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day at Florida International University (Miami, FL). She presented a poster titled "Executive functioning in bilinguals, monolinguals and heritage speakers with limited proficiency: An fNIRS study".

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.

2017 Booth 2017 Amputee Coalition Conference
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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.