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Professor Fabio Pasqualetti receives ARO and NSF award to study the brain as a network

PAMIS Award Allocation

Professor Fabio Pasqualetti has received awards from the Army Research Office (ARO) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to model, analyze, and control dynamic processes arising in the human brain. The award from ARO, titled “Analysis and Control of Phase-Amplitude Cluster Synchronization in Structural Brain Networks”, seeks to understand how neural synchronization enables transfer of information across brain regions, and how structural aberrations due to injury and disease can prevent healthy behavior. The award from NSF, titled “Analysis, prediction, and control of synchronized neural activity” and in collaboration with Prof. Danielle S. Bassett at the University of Pennsylvania, aims to predict and validate neural synchronization patterns from structural and temporal measurements of neural activity. These awards originate and complement the PIs prior work in translating tools and approaches from network control theory to neuroscience, which have led to emerging theories of cognitive control, brain organization, and response to stimulation.

A team led by Prof. Fabio Pasqualetti, and including Prof. Jorge Cortes and Sonia Martinez at UC San Diego, has received an award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to characterize vulnerabilities of certain dynamic networks against attackers with different capabilities, knowledge, and objectives, and to design methods to protect and adapt such networks to ensure resiliency and survivability. This project, titled “Analysis, Design, and Operation of Resilient Networks Against Localized, Strategic, and Dynamic Adversaries”, will undertake a rigorous approach based on dynamics, control, graph, and game theories, and will validate the findings through simulations and experiments with state-of-the-art facilities.