On behalf of the President, the Conference Chairs, and the Local Organizing Committee, we wish you a warm welcome to fNIRS2020, the 6th biennial meeting of the Society for functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (SfNIRS), to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, October 11 – 14, 2020. Following the tradition of previous biennial meetings, fNIRS2020 will bring together more than 500 scientists from all over the world working on the development and use of fNIRS to understand the functional properties of the human brain. The meeting will span the topics of hardware development, data analysis and algorithms, computational neuroscience and neuroscience applications, clinical applications, neonatal, pediatric applications and neurodevelopment neuroscience, cognitive and social neuroscience, and global fNIRS. Our goal is to present the cutting edge technology and novel discoveries of the field.
Boston is the sixth-largest city in the United States, and one of the oldest, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. Boston was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing more than 20 million visitors per year. Boston’s many firsts include the United States’ first public park (Boston Common, 1634), first public or state school (Boston Latin School, 1635) and first subway system (Tremont Street Subway, 1897). The Boston area’s many colleges and universities make it an international center of higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is considered to be a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, with nearly 2,000 startups. For more info about Boston please check https://www.boston.gov/visiting-boston
The conference will be hosted by Boston University in the George Sherman Union. The GSU is located in the center of Boston University Campus, and it is walking distance from downtown Boston, Harvard University, MIT and Harvard Medical School campuses.
A stimulating program combined with a great location, will hopefully make this conference an exciting event. We very much look forward to your participation in fNIRS2020 and to welcoming you to Boston.
Clare Elwell, SfNIRS President
Mari Franceschini and Ippeita Dan, Conference Chairs
Charles Nelson, Local Committee Chair