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The human brain is a complex dynamic system made up of billions of nerve cells called neurons.  Clusters of neurons in specific brain areas are continuously being activated or deactivated to perform specific functions.  This ongoing activity can be recorded in a non-invasive manner through an electroencephalogram (EEG) which captures the electrical activity in the form of graphs.  This data, read from various electrodes placed on the scalp, can then be processed to localize the brain activity.  This is done through source localization techniques which are comprised of a forward and an inverse problem.  In the forward problem simulated sources are placed within the brain model and the scalp potentials are estimated taking into account the brain physical characteristics.  In the inverse problem we use the information obtained through the forward problem to estimate the location, magnitude and orientation of the sources giving rise to the recorded EEG data.  This is a very complex problem as there exist various solutions yielding the same brain activity.

The department has been working on this problem for several years and it has been one of our main contributions in the BIOPATTERN Network of Excellence partly funded by the EU’s Sixth Framework IST Programme. Within BIOPATTERN, source localization for a 3-layer spherical head model was applied to the analysis of brain activity of subjects suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as compared to normal subjects. Detailed reviews, Monte Carlo studies and biomarker studies of source localization have been performed resulting in a number of publications.

SCE 10th Year Anniversary


Reception held in celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the Department of Systems and Control Engineering. Click here for more information.

PhD Scholarship in Computer Vision


The Department of Systems and Control Engineering is accepting applications for the post of a PhD student to work in collaboration with WildEye. Click here for more information.

Funding Award for WildEye


Research funding awarded to the SCE Department under the FUSION Technology Development Programme (TDP) 2017.

Funding Award for BrainApp


CBC awarded research funding under the FUSION Technology Development Programme (TDP) 2017.

Closing date for MSc course applications


The deadline for late applications for the MSc in Signals, Systems and Control is the 31st August 2017. Click here for more information.

TVM news feature


News feature on the work currently being carried out by our PhD student Ms Rachael Nicole Darmanin, supervised by Dr Ing. Marvin Bugeja. Link here.

PhD scholarships at University of Sheffield, UK


Please click here for more information.

Postdoctoral Position in Robotics and Control


Postdoctoral Position at the University of Le Havre in France. Click here for more information.

MSc by Research - Call for Expression of Interest


The Department of Systems and Control Engineering and the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics are seeking students who are interested in pursuing studies leading to an MSc in Engineering degree (mainly by research) on any of the topics detailed here.

Postdoctoral Research Position in EEG


[CLOSED] Postdoctoral Research Position in EEG Signal Processing with the Centre for Bionedical Cybernetics. Click here for more information.

Last Updated: 14 October 2008

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