Integrating research, technology transfer and dissemination: NeuroMat’s third report of activities

When the São Paulo Research Foundation established the structure of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers it stated clearly that the most important feature of RIDCs was the multiplicity of their missions, a cornerstone for attaining the status of “a world class research center.” Each RIDC must have a specific, high-impact research focus, and this research focus must be necessarily integrated with technology-transfer and scientific dissemination explicit missions.

Retrieving a context tree from EEG data

A. Duarte, R. Fraiman, A. Galves, G. Ost, C. Vargas

It has been repeatedly conjectured that the brain retrieves statistical regularities from stimuli, so that their structural features are separated from noise. Here we present a new statistical approach allowing to address this conjecture. This approach is based on a new class of stochastic processes driven by context tree models. Also, it associates to a new experimental protocol in which structured auditory sequences are presented to volunteers while electroencephalographic signals are recorded from their scalp. A statistical model selection procedure for functional data is presented to analyze the electrophysiological signals. This procedure is proved to be consistent. Applied to samples of electrophysiological trajectories collected during structured auditory stimuli presentation, it produces results supporting the conjecture that the brain effectively identifies the context tree characterizing the source.

NeuroMat Parkinson Network: a video presentation

Aiming at improving the life quality of people with Parkinson's Disease, the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has created the network Amparo. It brings together people with the disease, relatives, helpers, students and professionals to establish a flow of exchange to better the understanding of this disease in Brazil and especially connecting knowledge from the frontier of science to health policies and clinical guidelines. (In Portuguese.)

NeuroMat spreads the frontier of science through Wikipedia

In August, the User Group Wikimedia in Brazil and the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat), which brings together researchers in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Neurobiology, Physics and Communications, organized a marathon on Wikipedia about neuroscience and mathematics, at the University of São Paulo. Ana Beatriz Rosa, Huffington Post Brasil, 10/21/2016. (In Portuguese.)

Amparo network to engage people with Parkinson

A research center at the University of São Paulo has launched a network to promote discussions and foster interdisciplinary treatment of Parkinson's Disease. Fernanda Giacomassi, Agência Universitária de Notícias, 9/28/2016. (In Portuguese.)

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O Centro de Pesquisa, Inovação e Difusão em Neuromatemática está sediado na Universidade de São Paulo e é financiado pela FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo).

 

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