Tongtong Li, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and her team received a $470,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Congratulations!
The project entitled "CCSS: Brain Network Analysis Using Communication Theory" is in collaboration with David Zhu, Professor of Radiology, and Taosheng Liu, Associate Professor of Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. The goal of the project is to develop innovative methods for quantitative, information-theoretic modeling and characterization of brain connectivity, neuronal activity level, capacities and stability, and to explore the applications of these new techniques in understanding brain functions and human behavioral responses. More specifically, (i) this project introduces an information conservation framework for individual brain regions; for the first time in literature, the neuronal activity level of a brain region is related to its information processing capacity; (ii) this project establishes the conditional equivalence between directed information and dynamic causal modeling, and provides a information-theoretic framework for brain causality analysis; (iii) this project introduces new approaches for quantitative characterization of the stability of individual brain regions, and makes it possible to investigate how brain stability and capacities impact the human behavioral response.
More details can be found from: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2032709&HistoricalAwards=false