|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||ING-INF/06|
Our senses are the main means through which we perceive, understand, interact with and react to our environment. Consequently, sensory disabilities are a serious challenge that impacts all levels of physical and social functioning. The impaired brain is often difficult to restore, owing to our limited knowledge of the complex nervous system. Accumulating knowledge in systems neuroscience, combined with the development of innovative technologies, may enable brain restoration in patients with nervous system disorders that are currently untreatable. This course will explore how bioengineering techniques and principles are applied to understand and model sensory systems.
L’insegnamento intende mostrare come I nostri sensi interagiscono e come sia possibile usare l'integrazione multisensoriale per monitorare il corretto funzionamento del nostro cervello e come sia possibile riabilitare/aumentare/recuperare le abilità sensoriali perse. Il corso mostrerà agli studenti come le attuali tecnologie e le conoscenze sui meccanismi sensoriali possano 1) aiutare, potenziare, educare il corretto sviluppo delle facoltà sensoriali, 2) riabilitare i deficit sensoriali, 3) assistere la diagnosi di disfunzioni sensoriali 4) permettere una diagnosi precoce di patologie degenerative
Firstly, the course will cover the scientific bases, technologies, and chronic viability of emerging neurosensory prosthetic devices. Secondly, the course will discuss recent progress in neuromorphic engineering, where neuromorphic sensors and sensory systems have made the greatest strides in recent years with many electronic able to mimic the human sensory systems, and subsequent sensor processing. Thirdly, the course aims to show how our senses interact and how it is possible to use multisensory integration to monitor the proper functioning of our brain and how it is possible to rehabilitate/increase/recover lost sensory abilities. The course will be composed of lectures, working-code examples, and hands-on session
At the end the student will be able to:
Programming Matlab and C++/C#, basics of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, physics, mathematics
Frontal lectures both in classical and flipped-class mode. Problem based learning with projects to be carried out independently in working groups.
Sensory substitution and augmentation
Bases of Multisensory integration
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The exam is composed of Project assignments (group work) and an Oral exam. Students will self-organise in small groups and these groups will participate in several activities during the semester. Each assignment will be evaluated for its completeness and overall quality.
The learning outcomes will be assessed during the oral exam and in the group-based assignments.