2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biomechanical Engineering
Supported by: VPUE and Bio-X
Mentor: Josef Parvizi, Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurosciences

Michael is a rising junior. His research interests revolve around the development of new technologies for medical applications. This summer Michael is working on an EEG sonification device that can process brain signals into music and "sing" the melody of the brain using computer synthesized voices in real time, thus providing an intuitive and auditory method for distinguishing between brain states. Enabling patients to listen to their own brain signals in real time allows for research into a new, sonification-enhanced biofeedback therapy for epilepsy. After graduation, Michael is planning on attending medical school.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

The Brain in Performance: Understanding Brain Waves through Sound and Space

Michael Iorga1, Juan-Pablo Caceres3, Chris Chafe3, Josef Parvizi2
[Departments of Biology1 and Neurology3, Stanford University]