Bin He—Distinguished Seminar Series

December 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
MC 254
5 King's College Rd
Toronto, ON M5S 3G8

Mapping and Interfacing with the Brain: Challenges and Opportunities



Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota


Paul Yoo, Assistant Professor


Brain activity is distributed over the three-dimensional volume and evolves in time. It is of great significance for establishing the capability of mapping dynamic brain activity with high spatial and temporal resolutions. Such capability is essential for understanding the brain and managing brain disorders.

Research efforts in electrophysiological neuroimaging will be discussed which map spatio-temporally distributed brain activity from noninvasive EEG recordings, in both healthy humans and patients with epileptic seizures. Multimodal neuroimaging integrating functional MRI and EEG will be discussed, together with co-localization of hemodynamic and electrophysiological signals associated with motor imagery tasks.

I will present our work for decoding human intent, demonstrating that human subjects can noninvasively control a quadcopter or a robotic arm in three-dimensional space turning “thought” into “action.”

Speaker Biography

Bin He is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine, director of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, director of the Center for Neuroengineering, director of NSF IGERT Neuroengineering Training Program, and director of NIH Neuroimaging Training Program at the University of Minnesota.

His research interest includes brain mapping, brain-computer interface, neuromodulation, cardiac electric imaging, and cancer detection.

Dr. He is named as the recipient for the 2017 IEEE Technical Field Award of Biomedical Engineering, and received the Academic Career Achievement Award and Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Outstanding Research Award from the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, among others.

Dr. He served as President of IEEE EMBS (2009-2010) and is Chair-Elect of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, and is a Member of the NIH BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group.