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The Human Ethomics and its clinical applications

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The DSI Seminar Series presented by Dr Aldo Faisal


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The Human Ethomics and its clinical applications


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Our research questions are centred on a basic characteristic of biological systems: noise and structured variability in behaviour and its meaning. Variability can be observed across many levels of biological behaviour: from the movements of our limbs, the responses of neurons in our brain, to the interaction of biomolecules. Such variability is emerging as a key ingredient in understanding biological principles (Faisal, Selen & Wolpert, 2008, Nature Rev Neurosci) and yet lacks adequate quantitative and computational methods for description and analysis. Crucially, we find that biological and behavioural variability contains important information that our brain and our technology can make us of (instead of just averaging it away): The brain knows about variability and uncertainty and it is linked to its own computations. Therefore, we use and develop statistical machine learning techniques, to predict behaviour and analyse data. Using advanced body sensor networks, we measured eye-movements, full-body and hand kinematics of 40+ humans living in a studio flat and are going to present some insightful results on motor control and visual attention that suggest that the control of behaviour "in-the-wild" is predictably different ways than what we measured "in-the-lab" . We are then demonstrate Machine Learning algorithms for large scale data sets that allow us to process and develop novel diagnostic technologies


Dr Aldo Faisal is Associate Professor for Neurotechnology at Imperial College London (Dept. of Bioengineering & Dept. of Computing) and Director of the Behaviour Analytics Lab at the Data Science Institute (London).

He is Associate Group Head at the MRC London Institute for Medical Sciences and affiliated faculty at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (University College London). Aldo read Computer Science and Physics in Germany with his German Diplomarbeit thesis on Dynamical systems theory recurrent Neural Networks (Prof Helge Ritter).

He moved on to study Biology at Cambridge University and wrote his M.Phil. thesis on the electrophysiological and behavioural study of a complex motor behaviour in freely moving insects with Tom Matheson in the group of Malcolm Burrow FRS.

For his Ph.D. he joined Simon Laughlin FRS group at the Zoology Department in Cambridge investigating the biophysical sources of neuronal noise.

He was elected a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University (Wolfson College) and joined the Computational & Biological Learning Group (Engineering Department) to work with Daniel Wolpert FRS on human sensorimotor control. In 2009 he was appointed to Imperial College London to develop a human-based Neurotechnology research area, where he established his lab. Dr Faisal's combines cross-disciplinary computational and experimental approaches to investigate how the brain and its neural circuits are designed to learn and control goal-directed movements. The neuroscientific findings enable the targeted development of novel technology for clinical and research applications (Neurotechnology) for a variety of neurological/motor disorders and amputees. Aldo serves on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Data and PLoS Computational Biology, and at international conferences (general/program/area chair) such as

Neurotechnix, IEEE conferences and NIPS. He was recently elected to the World Economic Forum's Council on the future of Neurotechnologies and Brain Science.


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