Thank you to all participants again for sending your contributions for the MoBI Award 2020!
Our independent jury of MoBI experts reviewed all submitted papers.
Here are the winners and further highly ranked submissions.
Zakaria Djebbara recently finished his PhD at the Department of Architecture, Design, Media and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where the project was entitled “Expecting space: an enactive and active inference to transitions”.
Zak is a trained architect with a focus on the integration between architecture and cognitive neuroscience. He investigates the structure of architectural experience during spatial transitions from an enactive and active inference perspective. With a specific interest in the dynamic process of action-perception cycle, the experimental setups are based on a Mobile Brain/Body Imaging technique that reveals cortical activity in an animate being using an electroencephalogram.
Andrew D. Nordin’s academic training includes undergraduate degrees in Physics and Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Lakehead University.
Studying human biomechanics and movement control as a doctoral student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, his ability to measure brain activity during dynamic whole-body movement was limited by contemporary neuroimaging methods. To overcome these barriers, he developed novel electroencephalography (EEG) sensors and noise cancellation methods for cleaning high-density EEG during human locomotion at the University of Michigan and University of Florida. This allowed him to recover high-fidelity electrical brain activity during human obstacle navigation at walking and running speeds that were typically considered off-limits for mobile EEG studies. As an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, his lab is now able to more comprehensively study biomechanics and neural control of dynamic human movements during real-world behaviors.
James Dowsett studied cognitive neuroscience in London before going on to complete his PhD at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. He is currently a post doc in the Department of Neurology at LMU and the department of Neuroradiology at TUM, both in Munich.
His research interests are neural oscillations, brain stimulation and consciousness. He is developing methods to solve two key methodological challenges: firstly, the ability to simultaneously observe and drive neural oscillations with brain stimulation via combined tACS and EEG. Secondly, finding ways of observing brain activity whilst moving around in the real word beyond the lab, by using SSVEPs to probe and modulate neural oscillations. Other research includes combining TMS and eye-tracking with EEG, to investigate the integration of the visual and vestibular senses.