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One PDH: When Zebrafish Met Engineering

December 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Date: TUESDAY, December 17, 2019

Time: Registration and Dinner 5:30 – 6:00 PM

Program: 6:15 to 7:15 PM – Technical Presentation

Where: National Grid Office – One Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201 – The building is located on Jay Street across the street from NYU-Poly.

Speaker: Professor Maurizio Porfiri, Ph.D, – Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, and ASME Fellow

Subject: “When Zebrafish Met Engineering” – Zebrafish are gaining momentum as the third millennium laboratory species for the investigation of several functional and dysfunctional biological processes in humans, including the fundamental mechanisms modulating emotional patterns, learning processes, and individual and social response to alcohol and drugs of abuse. Dynamical systems and robotics offer a powerful range of theoretical and experimental approaches that can advance our understanding of this animal model. In this talk, Professor Porfiri reports on recent advances on (i) the design of biomimetic robotic fish to elicit highly-controllable and customizable stimuli for laboratory experiments on zebrafish behavior; (ii) the formulation of a new data-driven modeling framework to study zebrafish behavior within unprecedented “in silico” experiments that can help reduce the number of animals in preclinical studies; and (iii) the integration of information-theoretic tools to unravel leader-follower interactions in groups of zebrafish and measure fear response to predators. The presentation is intended to offer engineers an overview of fundamental mathematical and technological advancements that can find applications beyond the study of zebrafish.

pdh: One pdh credit will be awarded to those that attend the presentation.

Cost: Student Members: Free (no pdh)

ASME and Engineering Society Members: $10

Non-members: $15


December 17, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


National Grid
1 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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