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CIPS AB Calgary June 9th Business Intelligence/ AI SIG MEETING: “Brain-Machine Hybrids: From Neurons to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence”
Fri, 06/09/2017
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Business Intelligence/ AI SIG MEETING

Date: June 9 (Friday), 2017

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (check-in starts 11:30)

Place: Bankers Hall Auditorium (lower level A/P3), 315 - 8th Ave. S.W. Calgary. Canadian Information Processing Society Presents:

Speaker: Dr. Naweed I. Syed

Subject: “Brain-Machine Hybrids: From Neurons to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence”

Summary: This lecture will focus on novel brain-chip interfacing technologies that are poised to connect brain cells to semi-conductors in order to restore lost brain function, and to develop brain-controlled prosthetic devices. Our novel chips now directly communicate with neurons either in vitro, in the brain slices or intact human brain to allow better understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction. This talk will highlight major breakthroughs that are on the horizon to embark on brain research frontiers that have never been ventured before. This technology has implications for restoring lost brain function resulting either from trauma, stroke, injury, epilepsy, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Future potential applications for machine learning and artificial intelligence will also bediscussed.


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Speaker Bio:

·         Dr. Naweed Syed is Professor and Scientific Director of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He was also the Postdoctoral  Program Director – Office of the Vice President (Research) from 2012 –2016.

·         Dr. Syed obtained his Master's degree from the University of Karachi, Pakistan in 1982, and PhD in neurophysiology from the University of Leeds, UK (1988).  After a three year postdoctoral training  at the University of Calgary (1988-1991), he was subsequently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty ofMedicine.

·         Dr. Syed has been the recipient of many international and national awards including: Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (USA), Parker B. Francis Fellowship (USA), Alberta Heritage Foundation for MedicalResearchScholarshipsandScientistAwards,CanadianInstituteforHealthResearch(CIHR) Investigator Award and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. In 2016, Dr. Syed was awarded theTamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence – the highest civilian award for research and innovation) from the PakistanGovernment.

·         In collaboration with his German colleagues, Dr. Syed's team was the first to develop a bionic  hybrid which enabled direct dialogue between the brain cells and the electronics. This study was highlighted in Time Magazine and on the Discovery Channel. Dr. Syed has published 120 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Nature, Science, Neuron and the Journal of Neuroscience. He holds multiple research grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada. He has also been a co-PI on CIHR and CFI team grants. Dr. Syed also serves on several national and international grant panels and is a member of scientific advisoryboards.

·         Dr. Syed’s research is focused at cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and plasticity.  Specifically he studies how networks of brain cells assemble during development  and modified throughout life to form the basis for learning and memory. He also investigates how various anesthetic agents affect communications between brain cells and inducecytotoxicity.

Research Interests: Brain development, plasticity and regeneration, brain-machine interfacing, neuron- chip technology, bionic hybrid, synapse formation and neurodegeneration.


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Chairperson:                   Hassan Sherazi  M.Sc.GeoCompConsultant    (403) 228-5423

Co-Chairperson:              MichaelXU

Director:                          ZohrehHajibeygi                                             (403) 874 -5655

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