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Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory

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Lab News

  • Dr. Bin He was elected as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Fellow status is awarded to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements in the field of biomedical engineering, and a record of membership and participation in the Society. Click here for details.
  • Dr. He has been named the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Technical Field Award in Biomedical Engineering for his contributions to neuroengineering and neuroimaging. He will accept the award in the Annual International Conference of IEEE EMBS, and deliver a keynote award lecture on “Inverse Imaging: What, How, and the Impact to Health”
  • Lab research made an advancement in cognitive neuroimaging, investigating the mechanisms of binocular rivalry, which was recently published in NeuroImage, a leading neuroimaging journal. Jeet Roy, who defended his PhD dissertation in December 2016, is the first author. The work was carried out in collaboration with Professors Steve Engel and Sheng He in the Department of Psychology. A dataset containing of EEG, fMRI and MRI files in 20 human subjects undergoing simultaneous EEG-fMRI recordings is available to the scientific community at http://datadryad.org/resource/doi:10.5061/dryad.bf1b1
  • Abbas Sohrabpour is awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students to allow them to concentrate on doctoral thesis research. Abbas's thesis project is on mapping the spatio-temporal dynamics of epilepsy networks using noninvasive source imaging techniques.
  • Yicun Wang won the ISMRM Merit Award Magna Cum Laude in the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in Honolulu, HI, USA, April 22-27, 2017, for his work on developing a novel magnetic resonance based electrical properties imaging technique.
  • Jiaen Liu received 2017 Best Dissertation Award in Biomedical Engineering. Jiaen has been a postdoctoral fellow at NIH since his graduation.
  • Lab research made a major advancement in developing noninvasive brain-computer interface controlling a robotic arm, which demonstrates for the first time that people can operate a robotic arm to reach and grasp objects in a complex 3-D environment using only their thoughts without a brain implant. The robotic arm system is a big step toward a future of medical applications that could range from rehabilitating stroke patients to helping paralyzed patients regain the ability to perform basic tasks in their everyday lives. The paper was published in Scientific Reports, a Nature research journal, and featured by a variety of media including the Wall Street JournalStar TribuneFox News, and KSTP
  • Lab alumnus Dr. Lei Ding, Lloyd and Joyce Austin Presidential Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Neuroscience at the Oklahoma University was appointed as Director of Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology. Lei received PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2007.
  • Dr. He has been named the recipient of 2017 IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award for outstanding contributions to biomedical engineering, in particular in the field of neuroengineering and neuroimaging. IEEE is one of the largest professional organizations in the world with 400,000+ members. This Award is given annually to an individual or a team for exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions which have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and profession. This is the highest IEEE award in biomedical engineering given to a member(s) or non-member(s). 
  • PhD students Abbas Sohrabpour and Long Yu were selected as Finalists in the highly competitive Student Paper Competition at the Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. This annual competition is open to all student members of the EMBS, which has 10,000+ members worldwide. Abbas’ work is on a novel source extent estimation technique as applied to mapping epileptogenic zone. Long’s work is on a novel sparse imaging technique to map precisely ventricular activation. 
  • Dr. He delivered a keynote talk in the BRAIN Plenary Symposium at the premier international biomedical engineering conference - 38th Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orlando, August 2016. Other 2 keynote speakers are Dr. Karl Deisseroth from Stanford, HHMI, NAS, IOM, and Dr. Sarah H. Lisanby, Director of Translational Research, NIMH.
  • Kai Yu is awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students to allow them to concentrate on doctoral thesis research. Kai's thesis project is related to ultrasound neuromodulation.
  • The University of Minnesota was ranked at top 29 among global universities by US News and World Report. This ranking reflects reputation, research and overall education for universities in the world. Click here for details.
  • Lab alumnus Dr. Lei Ding, currently professor at University of Oklahoma, received EMBS Early Career Achievement award. This is a highly competitive award honored to young faculty members who have made significant contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. Dr. Ding's research interests include neuroimaging, neural engineering, brain computer interface, biomedical imaging, mathematical modeling and computation.
  • Brad Edelman is selected by NIH/NINDS for Individual Predoctoral Research Fellowship. He will research on Mulitmodal Neuroimaging for a Non-Invasive Biomimetic Brain-Computer Interface.
  • Abbas Sohrabpour is awarded the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship from the Graduate School. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students to allow them to pursue interdisciplinary research during the doctoral research. Abbas' project involves source localization of epilepsy from noninvasive EEG.
  • Dr. Bin He was recently elected as the Chair-elect of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) for 2015-2018. IAMBE consists currently of 119 fellows worldwide including 26 members of national academies. The Academy fellowship represents significant recognition of an individual's original scientific contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and biological engineering. The Academy is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), the umbrella organization of all national societies of biomedical engineering consisting of over 120,000 members worldwide. 
  • Kai Yu/Yicun Wang won the 1st/2nd Place in Medical and Biological Imaging Theme in the Student Poster Competition held during the 2015 Institute for Engineering in Medicine Annual Conference and Retreat, for their work on cancer bioimpedance imaging and magnetic resonance based electrical properties imaging, respectively.
  • Chris Cline is selected as a Finalist in the highly competitive Student Paper Competition of IEEE EMBS Annual International Conference to be held in Milan, Italy for his work on developing a multi-channel transcranial magnetic stimulator. His work demonstrates that a significantly enhanced spatial focally can be achieved using the multi-channel system.
  • Kai Yu has been awarded a MNDrive Brain Conditions Graduate Research Fellowship for his proposed work on acousto-electromagnetic stimulation of neural tissues. Kai has been investigating the interplay of acoustic stimulation and electromagnetic induction and its reserve mode to achieve high resolution acousto-electromagnetic stimulation. 
  • Dr. Bin He received the prestigious Academic Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), one of the world’s largest professional societies in bioengineering. This award is given annually to an individual “For outstanding contribution and achievement in the field of Biomedical Engineering as an educator, researcher, developer, or administrator who has had a distinguished career of twenty years or more in the field of biomedical engineering.” Scientific contributions and academic achievements are major criteria for the award, which represents the highest honor for the society to recognize one of its 10,000+ members each year. Past awardees include Bob Langer (MIT; tissue engineering) and Roger Barr (Duke University; bioelectricity), among others. Dr. He was recognized “For significant contributions to neuroengineering research and education.”
  • Lab research on "mind control" of flight of a quadcopter has continuously receiving attention from various medium. ABC Good Morning America published a story on the drone phenomenon, and featured the lab’s BCI study. The BCI study featured in the video news piece demonstrates how brainwaves through an EEG cap are used to control a flying robot. ABC Good Morning America commented on how drone technology is changing the way people interact with the world around them, and says that the sky is the limit. 
  • Dr. He delivered the Integrative Medicine Lecture at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, which was attended by a large group of NIH officials and researchers. Focusing on “How to Map the Dynamics of your Brain – From EEG to BCI,” Dr. He discussed his research and the importance of engineering innovation to map brain dynamics for understanding brain functions and aiding communication between the mind and an external device. Dr. He’s lecture was later highlighted in the October 24, 2014 issue of NIH RECORD. . 
  • Bradley Edelman won the BRAIN Young Investigator Award for his project entitled "Functional Mapping of Right Hand Motor Imagery Tasks as Revealed by EEG Source Imaging" at the IEEE EMBS BRAIN Grand Challenges Conference, held November 13-14, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Brad will also be invited to publish a full manuscript of his work for the BRAIN Special Issue at IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. This was one of only 13 awards presented to students, post docs, and assistant professors.
  • Lab research revealed that long term yoga or meditation practitioners learned much faster on brain-computer interface skills than those with little or no experience in mind-body awareness training. The work was published in journal TECHNOLOGY, and featured by Fox News. Read the article here
  • Dr. He, joined by Drs. Emad Ebbini, Wei Chen, and Jianping Wang, received one of 36 BRAIN EAGER grants from NSF to develop a high resolution brain imaging technique that can map brain dynamics. 
  • Albert You won the 2nd Place in Medical Devices Theme in the Student Poster Competition held during the 2014 Institute for Engineering in Medicine Annual Conference and Retreat, for his work on developing a brain-computer interface system.
  • Dr. Bin He received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and was honored in the opening ceremony of the Annual International Conference of IEEE EMBS (EMBC'14), Chicago, on August 27 , 2014. Dr. He is recognized for his outstanding contributions to EMBS and biomedical engineering profession.
  • Dr. Bin He delivered the theme keynote lecture entitled "Dynamic Mapping and Interfacing with the Human Brain" at the Annual International Conference of IEEE EMBS (EMBC'14), Chicago on August 27 , 2014. About 600 people attended his lecture.
  • Jiaen Liu won the 2nd Place of IEEE EMBS Student Paper Competition and the BRAIN Young Investigator Award competition, both held during the Annual International Conference of IEEE EMBS (EMBC'14), Chicago from August 27 - 31, 2014. EMBC'14 has about 3000 participants and is a premier international conference in biomedical engineering. Jiaen's paper is on magnetic resonance electrical property tomography, a novel MR based tissue property imaging technique.
  • Bryan Baxter is awarded a MNDrive Neuromodulation Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is intended to support graduate students to enable them to pursue independent research in neuromodulation. Bryan is pursuing transcranial direct current stimulation research to see how noninvasive neuromoduation can aid learning. 
  • Clara Zhang is awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students to allow them to pursue independent doctoral thesis research. Clara's thesis project involves neuroimaging of neurological disorders including epilepsy and pain.
  • Jeet Roy won the 2nd Place in the Student Poster Competition of Annual Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium held in April 2014 for his work on transcranial direct current stimulation. 
  • Nessa Johnson is awarded the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship from the Graduate School. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students to allow them to pursue interdisciplinary research during the doctoral research. Nessa's project involves transcranial magnetic stimulation with brain-computer interface in stroke patients.
  • Dr. Xiaotong Zhang, a Research Associate in the lab, won the ISMRM Merit Award Magna Cum Laude (15% percentile of all abstracts received in the same general category) in the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in Milan, Italy, May 10-16, 2014. He also received the same award in ISMRM 2013.
  • Brad was awarded a Whitaker International Program Summer Grant for the summer of 2014. He will be carrying out functional neuroimaging research at the Shanghai Mental Health Center (SMHC), of the School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University for a period of 10 weeks. This is one of only 25 summer grants awarded annually.
  • Lab research made a major advancement in developing noninvasive brain-computer interface, demonstrating, for the first time, the ability for human subjects to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a ring. The work was published in Journal of Neural Engineering on June 5, 2013. This mind control technology is aimed at helping disabled patients to interact with the world, and may lead to a new generation of prostheses, assistive devices, and devices helping patients with neurodegenerative diseases or mental disorders. The work was featured in Nature, BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, New York Times, Scientific American, US News, among others. Read in detail and view video on the mind controlled flying robot..
  • Lab alumnus Dr. Zhongming Liu was recently appointed as a tenure tracked Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. Zhongming conducted outstanding research on multimodal neuroimaging and cardiac electrical tomography in the lab and his dissertation won the Nest Dissertation Award. He conducted postdoctoral research at NIH after completing the PhD at the University of Minnesota.
  • Yunfeng Lu, Jiaen Liu were awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (DDF) from the Graduate School. The DDF fellowships are granted to allow them to concentrate on their dissertation research on epilepsy neuroimaging and MR electrical properties tomography, respectively. Nessa Johnson was awarded a Doctoral Interdisciplinary Fellowship from the Graduate School to enable her to conduct interdisciplinary doctoral research on trasncranial magnetic stimulation.
  • Lin Yang and Chengzong Han defended their PhD dissertations and joined Philips as a Research Scientist. Lab alumnus Chenguang (Mark) Liu also joined Philips after conducting a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical cardiology.
  • Dr. He was profiled in December issue of The Institute of IEEE at People Column for his leadership in the IEEE Life Sciences Initiative to bring engineers and life scientists together through interdisciplinary collaborations. Dr. He was also featured for his pioneering research in neuroengineering including novel brain-computer interface research. Click here for the detail
  • Dr. Bin He, together with lab alumnus Dr. Ardalan Aarabi, recently received the IFCN Award for Outstanding Research in Clinical Neurophysiology from the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN). The award selection was based on an original paper published in Clinical Neurophysiology, the official journal of IFCN, entitled "A rule-based seizure prediction method for focal neocortical epilepsy." The award reflects the quality of research being conducted in our lab and the significant efforts the lab has been making in localizing, predicting and modulating seizures.Click here for the paper
  • Dr. He chaired IEEE Life Sciences Grand Challenges Conference at National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC during October 4-5, 2012. The Conference was organized by IEEE Life Sciences Initiative and sponsored by the Institute for Engineering in Medicine of the University of Minnesota and the National Science Foundation. This is a high profile conference with a number of distinguished invited speakers including Nobel Laureate Phil Sharp, President of National Academy of Engineering Charles Vest, and NIH / NIBIB Director Roderic Pettigrew. Click here for more information.
  • Lab published a major finding on noninvasive neuroimaging of postictal slow wave, immediately following seizures, in major international neurology journal "Brain". The work was conducted in collaboration with Mayo Clinic. Out of 28 patients suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy studied, it was found that the more severe the seizure, the slower the brain rhythm; and more involvement of frontal lobe, from slow wave imaging. Lin Yang is the first author of the paper. Click here for the paper.
  • Yunfeng Lu, PhD student in the lab, won the 2nd Place Award in the EMBS Student Paper Competition held in Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in San Diego on August 31, 2012. His paper is dealing with noninvasive source imaging of epilepsy. Hundreds of entries from all over the world were competing for this highly selective award this year in this major annual international conference of biomedical engineering.
  • Lab neuroengineering research on decoding the brain and brain-computer interface was recently featured by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in its video series. In this work, a novel brain wave based noninvasive brain-computer interface has been developed in the lab to decode "thoughts" of human subjects and control the flight of a virtual helicopter in 3D space. Click here, for details.
  • Lab showcase dynamic functional neuroimaging technology at the 10th Anniversary of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of NIH, together with 8 other laboratories. Click here for the anniversary event.
  • Dr. He was recently elected to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). IAMBE Fellows are elected based on their significant contributions to the field of medical and biological engineering.
  • Chris Perdoni, undergraduate student who has conducted research in the lab in the past several years, was admitted to the Medical School of the University of Minnesota.
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society launched an online video for biomedical engineering career development. Lab is featured in this Engineering Meets Imagination video. Click here, for details.
  • Nessa Johnson, a PhD student in the lab, was awarded ARCS Fellowship (ARCS-Advancing Research for College Scientists) 2011-2012. ARCS® Foundation, Inc. is an organization of women philanthropists who are dedicated to “Advancing Science in America.” ARCS® Foundation advances science and technology by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research.Click here, for details.
  • Dr. He featured by Minnesota Monthly for his work on brain-computer interface. Click here, for details.
  • Lab research further advanced 3-dimensional noninvasive brain-computer interface to enable thought controlled flight of a digital helicopter. The work was published in PLoS ONE on Oct. 26, 2011 and featured by various news media including ABC News, Washington Post, Scientific American, and Economist.
  • The University of Minnesota was recently awarded a major training grant of $3 million for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship in Systems Neuroengineering. Each year up to six PhD students will be selected to this highly competitive training program, who needs to be admitted by biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and neuroscience graduate programs. Dr. Bin He is the Principal Investigator and Program Director of this IGERT training program.
  • Lab participated in a collaborative research project with Profs. Sheng He and Steve Engel's group in Department of Psychology on the mechanism of binocular rivalry. Using frequency tagging EEG it is discovered that attention is needed for binocular rivalry. The joint work was published in Neuron. Click here for abstract.
  • Han Yuan, a recent PhD graduate from the lab, just published a part of her dissertation in Journal of Neuroscience on a new way of investigating coupling between electrophysiological oscillations and positive/negative BOLD response during hand movement. The work demonstrates that by solving the EEG inverse problem quantitative relationship between regional electrophysiological signals and BOLD responses can be revealed which are ROI dependent.Click here for abstract.
  • Lab research advanced state-of-the-art of brain-computer interface to enable EEG-based navigation of a virtual helicopter in 3-dimentional space. The work was e-published on September 27, 2010 and printed as a cover article in December 2010 at IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. Click here to read the article, and here to see the video.
  • Lin Yang, a PhD candidate, was recently awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota. The Fellowship is given for demonstrated outstanding academic qualifications and research potential and will enable Lin to concentrate on her dissertation research in the coming year.
  • Clara (Huishi) Zhang, a 2nd year PhD student, was awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship from the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota. The Fellowship is given for demonstrated outstanding academic qualificatiFebruary 8, 2012March 12, 2012nvolving biomedical engineering, neuroscience, neurology, and imaging science.
  • Rahel Ghenbot received her BS in biomedical engineering and was admitted by a number of top medical schools in the country. She will go to Washington University Medical School with full scholarship from this Fall.
  • In 2010, three articles resulting from the lab were published as cover articles in core journal in biomedical engineering: Royer, Doud, Rose, He, "EEG Control of a Virtual Helicopter in 3-Dimensional Space Using Intelligent Control Strategies,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering; Yang et al, “EEG-fMRI reciprocal functional neuroimaging," Clinical Neurophysiology; Lai et al., "Equivalent Moving Dipole Localization of Cardiac Ectopic Activity in a Swine Model during Pacing," IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine.
  • Alexander Doud was an undergraduate student conducting BCI research in the lab in the past 4 years. He has made important original contributions to the lab BCI research, co-authored multiple journal and conference papers, selected as an NSF supported visiting fellow to the University of Rome, and is entering the 2010 class at the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Lab alumnus Dr. Yingchun Zhang was awarded NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99). The Pathway to Independence Award program provides an opportunity for outstanding new investigators to obtain two forms of support (K99 and R00) from a single NIH award. Yingchun was a Postdoctoral Associate in the lab from 2004-2007.
  • Lab research has moved the technology of "mind control" into the realm of 3-D. New technology lets people's thoughts steer virtual objects in 3-D. This is the first time anyone has demonstrated a system that allows a person to continuously move objects on a screen at will through 3-D space using noninvasive brain-computer interface technology. Click to see video and aricle at UMNews.
  • Lab alumnus Dr. Zhongming Liu won the Best Dissertation award from the Graduate School. This award is given to four recent Ph.D. graduates each year, and only one from engineering and physical sciences. Zhongming received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2008.
  • Lab alumnus Dr. Lei Ding awarded a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER award is the highest honor bestowed on young faculty by the NSF. Lei received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2007.
  • Lab releases eConnectome, a free open-source MATLAB software package for imaging brain functional connectivity from electrophysiological signals. It provides interactive graphical interfaces for EEG/ECoG preprocessing, source estimation, connectivity analysis and visualization. Visit http://econnectome.umn.edu for details.