Conference schedule

The program will consist of one keynote lecture, a special guest lecture, 10 oral sessions, a panel discussion, a poster blitz and three poster sessions. The meeting is forward-looking with invited speakers asked to introduce their session by addressing key challenges in the field and asking provocative questions regarding the direction of the field. In order to provide maximum time for discussion and debate, invited speakers will give 25-minute presentations with 5 minutes for questions, while contributed oral presentations will give 12 minutes presentations with 3 minutes for questions. 

The program is a single track. This is by design to further encourage discussion across the different disciplines. Lunch will be provided and this is to further keep the attendees engaged and offer opportunity for interaction and to establish new collaborations. Two short coffee breaks, one in between morning sessions and one in between afternoon sessions, will also be provided in the same general area of posters and exhibitors. Posters will be presented for 2 hours each day. In addition, posters will be available to all registered attendees online 10 days before the start of the conference. The online preview will increase visibility of the posters, and the interactive platform will promote discussion with online questions. A poster blitz will be organized early in the conference, to highlight the posters which received the most likes. On the first day of the conference there will be a session exclusively dedicated to young investigators, where three finalists of the Early Investigator Award Session will present their work. Eligible candidates include fNIRS researches with less than six years post-advanced degree. A special committee selects the three finalists and after the oral presentation, the winner of the award. The award recipient will be announced during the social dinner. On the last day of the conference, we plan to have a special session chaired by Dr. Joseph Culver, Professor of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MI. The topic for this year’s special session will be on novel fNIRS technologies. In this session, cutting edge fNIRS methods will be presented by leaders in the field. The presentations will be preceded by a special guest lecture and followed by a panel discussion which includes both scientists and industrial representatives. The Conference will conclude with a town hall of the members of the Society of fNIRS.

The following are the tentatively scheduled sessions: 

  1. Neurodevelopmental neuroscience, spanning from normal brain development, to neurodevelopmental disorders including intellectual disability, communication disorder, autism spectrum disorders. Also included socioeconomic factors affecting developmental outcomes.
  2. Early investigator award finalists. As established in 2016, the three young investigator finalists will present their work. The award winner will be announced during the social dinner.
  3. Data analysis and algorithms, spanning novel data analysis methodologies both for spectroscopy and imaging, new opensource software toolboxes and machine learning methods.
  4. Computational neuroscience and neuroscience applications, including modeling of development, structure, physiology and cognitive abilities of the nervous system.
  5. Clinical applications 1, focused on diagnosis, monitoring and therapy guidance in neonatal and pediatrics neurological diseases as hydrocephalous, hypoxic ischemic encephalophagy, epilepsy, stroke, intraventricular hemorrhage, sepsis, cochlear implant, etc.
  6. Clinical applications 2, focused on neuro-monitoring of patients in critical conditions, like traumatic brain injury or stroke, or under general anesthesia. 
  7. Cognitive and social neuroscience. This session will include topics as hyperscanning, language processing, visual learning and statistical learning.
  8. Machine learning, neural network, and BCI, neuro-feedback, neuro-marketing
  9. Special session on novel technologies. This year special session topic will be on the next generation of NIRS devices. This year session, chaired by Dr. Joseph Culver, will only include invited presentations, and will be followed by a panel discussion on the same topic. 
  10. Aging including study of functional markers of neurodegeneration, AD, dementia, vascular disfunction.