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Published on November 19, 2021 Updated on November 19, 2021

First talk in a serie at iXcampus : Alex Leow, from the University of Illinois Chicago

Alex Leow talked to the students of our Bachelor Data Science by Design.

The first in a series of talks at the iXblue campus in collaboration with CY Cergy Paris University (CYU).

On October 4, 2021, the Bachelor Data Science by Design had the pleasure to welcome Alex Leow, Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Chicago, to give a talk to our students.


Leow, a Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist, TEDx speaker and accomplished pianist, gave a talk on her reasearch in neuroscience and her experience as founder of a tech startup. She shared her experience with the students of the Bachelor and staff of the iXblue campus in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, who attended her talk entitled "From Science Fiction to Science: What have I learned trying to build a brain fitness tracker". The talk was followed by a lively Q&A sesión where students, instructors and staff had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Prof. Leow. 
On this occasion, Prof. François Germinet, the President of CY Cergy Paris University, was present to introduce Prof. Leow and inaugurate the new collaboration between iXblue campus and CYU.

Dr. Constanza Rojas-Molina, Mathematician, Illustrator and member of the Bachelor team, recorded the main points of Prof. Leow’s fascinating talk in a sketchnote (see fig.)



This event took place during Prof. Leow’s visit to collaborate with Dr. Thanos Manos.
Dr. Manos is researcher at the LPTM Laboratory and team member of the Bachelor Data Science by Design, which was the perfect opportunity to invite Prof. Leow to meet the students of the program and the staff working at the iXblue campus. This invitation took place in the framework of the Labex MME DII (ANR-11-LBX-023-01)  project “Dynamical biomarkers for pathological brain activity” employing mathematical models and simulations  (informed by neuroimaging data) to better understand the pathological (Alzheimer's disease) vs. healthy brain activity. 

>>> Please find more about her work

For more information:
"From Science Fiction to Science: What have I learned trying to build a brain fitness tracker"
Abstract: In this talk I will share my reflections, as both a computational researcher 
and a practicing psychiatrist, on the current landscape of psychiatric research and 
where we go from here. To this end, I argue that recent advances in mobile and 
information technology will revolutionize the way we conceptualize psychiatric 
disorders and enable us to objectively quantify their symptomatology, which 
traditionally has been primarily based on self reports. To illustrate, I will introduce 
our recent work that seeks to unobtrusively turn smartphones into 'fitness trackers' 
for the brain, in real time and in the wild.

Alex Leow
Alex Leow