Research in my laboratory focuses on understanding the design and computing
principles of biological sensory systems using the relatively simple invertebrate olfactory system. To achieve this goal , combining
a variety of electrophysiological recording techniques and
computational modeling approaches, we investigate how the
multi-dimensional and dynamic odor signals are encoded as neural
representations (odor coding) and processed by olfactory circuits in the brain.
Understanding how brain interprets complex sensory
stimuli is also important for developing neuromorphic devices and
algorithms for addressing parallel engineering problems. In
collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology,
my lab is currently developing a neuromorphic ‘electronic nose’ based on
MEMS microsensor arrays for non-invasive chemical sensing. Potential
target applications for the electronic nose technology include medical
diagnosis, homeland security, environmental monitoring, space
explorations, robotics, and human-computer interaction.
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