Louisiana Biomedical Research Network

Omer Soysal

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Southeastern Louisiana University

Project Title

Development of a proto-type fNIRspectroscopy for brain activity recognition

Funding Period

Startup Project (May 1, 2018 - August 18, 2020)


Understanding the link between brain function and behavior is crucial to addressing neurological disorders. In this respect, developing tools that can measure the dynamics of the brain's activities plays an important role. This proposal aims to build an fNIR (functional near infrared) signal detection and recording system to be used for brain activity recognition. After developing the fNIR system, the PI will collaborate with researchers in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Department of Psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University to test the system. In addition, the PI will work closely with undergraduate and graduate students to prepare them for the work force. In this regard, the PI will develop a curriculum that teaches students how to conduct scientific research and translate the outcome of the research into technology. The equipment requested in this proposal will also be used to build a Data Science Research and Technology Lab in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. The specific aims are: Aim-1: Developing an NIR imaging system to measure brain hemodynamics. Aim-2: Developing a phantom model to simulate the optical properties of a brain structure. Aim-3: Developing a blood circulation simulator. Aim-4: Testing the performance of the system and exploring the effect of parameters. Aim-5: Building a Data Science Research and Technology Lab.