Burnout is a syndrome involving a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It is a hazard that professionals should really keep a close eye out for, but it is often neglected because of the high achieving attitude, that assumes our body and mind can bare all.
In this event Prof. Margot Ernst neuropharmacologist talked about the pitfalls of treating burnout with anxiolytic drugs such as Xanax and Valium and her research on GABA-A receptors and Mag. Rok Habjan, univ. dipl. iur psychoanalyst what burnout is, how to recognise and what help to get, when it hits. Finally, Meemo-tec who provided insights into their journey, from digitising evident diagnostic and treatment strategies to acquiring reliable patient data over autonomously detecting changes in mental health towards the future of predicting impending illness.
On our mini-event Hakim Si-Mohammed, a computer engineer from France, talked about the state of the art of using Brain-Computer Interfaces by their application field in medicine, robotics, home automation and brain activity visualization.
If the first artificial neurons were inspired by the brain, A.I soon diverged to become a discipline on its own. However, evolution produced performant, ultra-light, energy-effective biological neuronal networks. Insects and worms only possess a few hundred neurons, but they are able to navigate, make decisions, adapt their behavior and communicate.
Through cutting edge techniques, we are now able to explore these natural networks in vivo, during the execution of extremely demanding cognitive tasks. Philip Anner showed fantastic encoding solutions that emerged from the brains’ biophysical constraints and Ramin Hasani showcased his reseach on how A.I. can be inspired by Neuroscience.
As the centre of our start up spotlight, we introduced the hiMoment, who created an App, which is using past and present moments to build future happiness.
Cosima Prahm, from the Bionic reconstruction laboratory, gave a talk on prosthetics and how she uses machine learning to allow detailed control of the prostheses of the patients. Dr. Eszter Kormann explained how she uses intra-cranial brain implants to relief the detrimental motoric symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in patients. Our start-up spotlight, co-hosted by Pioneers, showcased Memocorby and their language-learning tool for rehabilitation of stroke patients.
Empathy is a crucial social skill that allows us to connect to and understand others and their emotions. Studying people's experiences with technology largely depends on our empathic understanding. However, for user groups with which we have less overlap in terms of lifeworlds, these presumed empathic understandings become unfounded presumptions.
This first event brought together Prof. Claus Lamm, who studies the biological bases of empathy, and Dr. Christopher Frauenberger, who produced smart objects together with autistic children. Christof Goetz closed our event with a short spotlight on his start-up, providing game-play Neurofeedback for autistic children.