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  • Call for papers: Decoding the Neural Drive to Muscle through Motor Unit Spike Trains

    --- Apologies for the multiple copies ---

    Dear all,

    We are glad to announce that, upon attendants’ request, the submission deadline for the DeNeuro Symposium has been extended to June, 30th.

    Call for papers:

    Symposium “Decoding the Neural Drive to Muscle through the Analysis of Motor Unit Spike Trains”

    To be held in the framework of the International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics (Neurotechnix), Vilamoura (Algarve, Portugal), on September 18–20th.

    The neural drive to muscle is defined as the number of action potentials discharged by the motor neurons that innervate a muscle. Given that the spinal cord integrates afferent and efferent information from various pathways, the neural drive contains information about all the mechanisms that participate in motor control.
    The electrical activity in muscle has been traditionally recorded with pairs of electrodes placed over the skin, which provide a global estimate of muscle activity (surface electromyogram, EMG), or with intramuscular electrodes that permit to investigate the properties of individual motor neurons. However, both alternatives have a number of well-established drawbacks that may be circumevented by the use of multichannel (high-density) surface EMG.

    This symposium will illustrate how high-density surface EMG is recorded, decomposed into a sufficient number of constituent motor neuron spike trains, and analysed in order to understand how motor commands are coded into the neural drive to muscle, which constitutes a historical problem in neuroscience, physiology, and more recently, in neural engineering.
    Further, the symposium will highlight the advantages of combining experimental analysis with realistic computational models, and will provide various examples of the analysis of the neurophysiological mechanisms that mediate motor control in healthy subjects and people suffering from movement disorders.
    The symposium will comprise a series of presentations and live demonstrations (of high-density surface EMG recording and decomposition). The speakers will promote the participation of the attendants, in order to warrant a highly interactive session.

    Tentative list of talks:
    1. Dr. M. Gazzoni, Dr. U. Barone, and Prof. R. Merletti (Laboratory of Engineering of the Neuromuscular System and Motor Rehabilitation, LISiN, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy)
    2. Dr. A. Holobar (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Enginnering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia)
    3. Dr. J.L. Dideriksen, Prof. D. Farina (Dept. of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany)
    4. Dr. J.A. Gallego, Prof. J.L. Pons (Bioengineering Group, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain)

    … And many more!

    - Electromyography (EMG)
    - High-density surface EMG
    - EMG signal processing
    - Neural engineering
    - Neuroscience
    - Motor control
    - Neurophysiology

    Instructions for authors:
    Prospective authors are invited to submit paper (either complete papers of extended abstracts, see below) in any of the previous topics.

    Guidelines and templates for paper preparation can be found at:

    Paper submission should be performed using the following system:

    Both complete papers and extended abstracts can be submitted. All accepted extended abstracts will be published on CD-ROM without an ISBN, accepted papers will be published on CD-ROM support and in a special section of the congress proceedings book, under an ISBN reference. The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index). All papers and extended abstracts presented at the congress venue will also be made available at the SCITEPRESS digital library, a member of Crossref.

    Important dates:
    Deadline for paper submission: June 30th, 2013

    Notification to authors: July 8th, 2013

    Looking forward to seeing you there
    Warm regards,
    the DeNeuro team
    Last edited by Juan-Alvaro Gallego; June 21, 2013, 06:05 AM.