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Dr Gueorgui Petkov

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I am a Research Fellow employed on MRC Programme Grant "Brain Networks in Epilepsy: Endophenotypes and Generative Models" (01/09/2013 - 31/08/2016). I am working in the group headed by prof. John Terry, “Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences College”, University of Exeter, UK;
One of the primary objectives of the current project is to elucidate the dynamic mechanisms responsible for the initiation of seizures and to understand how the brain networks of people with epilepsy and close family members, differ from the general population.
Data modalities: Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI), functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG), as well as MEG, and TMS.

My interests are in the field of multi-scale complex dynamical processes in the brain, analytical, computational models of neural dynamics, and the dynamics of brain networks. My long-term interests and goals are is to understand:
How the brain works (how we are thinking) regarding neural processes?
What is the neuronal substrate that carries the essential perceptual information and how is the latter processed?
How the knowledge (about the answers to the questions set above), together with the knowledge, accumulated in neuroscience so far could contribute in the construction of an operational model of brain processing systems?

My experience in brain dynamics is in the field of epilepsy, as well as in the area of brain trauma. My previous project (2011 / 2013 - Epilepsy Institute of The Netherlands) was "Development of a Multimodal Seizure Detection Instrument to Improve out-of-hospital safety and disease management of Epilepsy Patients", Work Package  (WP1) "Remote Sensing Modalities.”
In the project, I was working as a Senior Researcher,  together with Stiliyan Kalitzin, PhD - Advisor R&D in Medical Technology and Head of Medical Physics Department, Foundation Epilepsy Institute of The Netherlands (SEIN); NL.
The goal of my work package was: Developing algorithms for remote sensing real-time automated seizure detection; Data modalities: EEG, plus remote sensing - camera, radar and microphone recordings.
At present, the algorithms for video and audio seizure detection are licensed to a production company, and a prototype of the detection device is expected soon.

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