Hardware special session

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Date(s) - October 20, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



  1. 10min Intro Joe Culver (theme and overview)
  2. 20min talk Stefan Carp . Title: “Perfusion based functional imaging”
  3. 20min talk Rob Cooper. Title: “Is wearable HD-DOT the coming-of-age of fNIRS, and if so, what’s next?”
  4. 20min talk Kernel. Title: “Neurotech for individual benefit”
  5. 10min Rebecca Re. Title: “fNIRS hardware: highlights from the hardware session TOPIC6”.
  6. 40min Panel Discussion.

Joe Culver

Dr. Joseph P. Culver, Ph.D. is the Sherwood Moore Professor of Radiology, at Washington University in St. Louis USA. Prof. Culver group developed a series of improvements to diffuse optical tomography (DOT), including high-density imaging arrays. The improved image quality of HD-DOT systems has enabled optical angular and eccentricity mappings of the human visual cortex and mapping of a collection of language tasks. Within paradigms, Prof. Culver’s group developed a seminal task-less approach to mapping functional connectivity (FC). More recently his group has been developing speckle contrast optical tomography methods in collaboration with Dr. Turgut Durduran at ICFO and working on wearable HD-DOT instruments.

Stefan Carp

Stefan Carp is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a Co-Director of the Optics@Martinos group. His research interests center on the development and clinical translation of light-based non-invasive sensing and imaging methods for personalized health care delivery. A particular focus of Dr. Carp’s research group is on advanced diffuse correlation spectroscopy instrumentation and algorithms for functional neuromonitoring.

Robert Cooper:

Dr. Rob Cooper is an Associate Professor and EPSRC Early Career Fellow in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at UCL, where he leads the DOT-HUB research group.  His research focuses on the advancement and application of Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT) and other wearable neuroimaging technologies. He is also a Co-Founder and the former CSO at Gowerlabs Ltd. Rob will talk about the development and ongoing applications of LUMO: a wearable, scalable and high-density DOT technology, and will discuss what he sees as the next steps for fNIRS, DOT and for human optical neuroimaging.


Dr. Katherine Perdue leads Neuro Research at Kernel. She earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and did a postdoc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research team focuses on testing novel and scalable neuroimaging technologies with a goal of developing personally relevant insights from brain data.

Rebecca Re, TOPIC 6 chair

Dr. Rebecca Re is a researcher working at the department of Physics of Politecnico di Milano (Italy), where she employs Time Domain Near Infrared Spectroscopy (TD-NIRS) to investigate brain functions and the oxygen metabolism of muscles in healthy subjects and patients. Her expertise ranges from the devices development to the clinical translation of the prototypes. She also closely collaborates with physiologists and physicians for the data analysis and interpretation. Rebecca would like to extend the use of NIRS and fNIRS towards new applications and overcome technological limitations.