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Elena Kalinina presents at the "Passion for ICT" event during ICT days

News date: 
Thursday, 19 March, 2015

ICT Days is an event dedicated to the broad subject of Information and Communication Technology, promoted by the University of Trento's Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI). It took place from 18th to 20th March at DISI. In the Passion for ICT session, 200 seconds were given to each of the best PhD and thesis presenters in the ICT sector to present their projects to the companies. Elena Kalinina presented a poster entitled "Adaptive Protocols for real-time fMRI". 

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) allows to obtain images of the brain involved in cognitive tasks. Stimulation categories and the order they appear to the subject are defined in the stimulation protocol. In traditional fMRI studies, the brain response to external stimulation is investigated. The protocol is fixed and does not change in the course of experiment. Adaptive neuroimaging studies investigate how the outcome of the cognitive task depends on the brain state. In these studies the stimulation/feedback to the subject depend on the results of analysis of her brain activity. The problem of protocol adaptation can be formulated as an optimization problem.