Invited Speakers

Plenary Talk

Title: “Simultaneous alignment of whole-head fNIRS with fMRI:  Task, rest, and movie viewing”
Date: October 18th 2021


Richard Aslin, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories at Yale University. Research focus on visual perception, speech perception, language development, and visual development.
Website: https://haskinslabs.org/people/richard-aslin

Invited Talk

Topic: “Functional NIRS measurement on Embodiment and Social Cognition”
Session: TOPIC 4 (fNIRS in cognitive and social interactions neuroscience research)

Sotaro Shimada, Ph.D.
Dr. Shimada is a Full Professor at School of Science and Technology, Meiji University in Japan, with expertise in neuroimaging techniques, including functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electroencephalography (EEG). He is also the director of Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Meiji University. His main research interests are in social cognitive neuroscience, ranging from self-body recognition to the mirror neuron system and inter-brain interaction.

Topic: “fNIRS: A right research direction, the question is how to approach it”
Session: TOPIC 3 (multimodal measurement)

Keum-Shik Hong, Ph.D.
Keum-Shik Hong received his B.S. degree from Seoul National University, M.S. degree from Columbia University, and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign all in mechanical engineering in 1979, 1987, and 1991, respectively. He is a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, Korea, since 1993. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, and he is serving as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems. Dr. Hong is an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, a Member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. His research interests include functional near-infrared spectroscopy, brain-computer interfaces, robotics, and adaptive control.

Topic: “Regionally specific haemodynamic and metabolic coupling in infants”

Maheen Faisal Siddiqui, Ph.D. 
Maheen received her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London in 2018 and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). During her PhD, Maheen led the application of broadband NIRS to infant research. Maheen’s main research interests are in using broadband NIRS in infants and toddlers to understand how energy metabolism and neurovascular coupling mechanisms shape the brain during development. 

Topic: “Analysing infant fNIRS data with linear classifiers: the impact of data characteristics on performances”

Jessica Gemignani, PhD
Jessica received her PhD from TU Berlin in 2019, after working at NIRx Medical Technologies as Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Developmental Psychology of University of Padova, in the lab of Judit Gervain. During her PhD, she worked on developing methods to analyze multivariate fNIRS data with machine-learning techniques. Her research interests are now focused on developing and validating this and other analysis methods for data acquired on newborns and infants.