The distance covered by the wiring that connects the neurons in one human brain exceeds the total length of all roads built on the surface of the earth. The Connectome is a new term suggested in 2005 that represents the map of all neural connectivity. This has created a new generation of scientific cartographers advancing imaging technology and expanding algorithms to create extraordinary brain maps from which they report new insights about learning, memory, aging, and brain plasticity. This talk will take the audience into the world of the connectome, its technologies, and the surprises reported through these explorations of the human brain inner space. It will expand with reflections about the mission to identify the human connectome and what this means long term for engineering, science, education and business.
Nathalie Gosset, BSEE, MSEE, MSc, MBA, PMI-BA is Chair of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, Buenaventura Section; the local branch of a global nonprofit, technical professional organization that focuses on advancing technology for humanity. Ms. Gosset is futurist and a sought-out speaker about the cutting edge of science and technology and its impact on business and society. She is the recipient of numerous professional awards. Her reach has been global. She was bestowed the 2007 Life Service Award from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society for bringing engineers and physicians together in more than 40 countries.