Dr. hab. Ludovico Minati
PhD CEng CPhys CSci SMIEEE
I am a researcher with a multidisciplinary background in physics, engineering and neuroscience, and I work on topics at the interface between these disciplines. My main interest, for now and the foreseeable future, is how complex synchronization patterns and non-linear dynamical phenomena emerge in the brain. I approach this topic in a somewhat unconventional manner, by trying to establish effects that are visible at multiple levels of scale, namely, at the macro-scale (whole brain, as visible for example to functional MRI), meso-scale (as indexed, for example, by cultured neurons) and at the micro-scale (represented, in my research, by networks of electronic non-linear oscillators). I believe that exploring these levels synergistically can complement and extend the results obtained by many significant others in this field.
Among my most recent publications, you will find work that demonstrates how key phenomena observed for the brain, such as emergence of a modular structure, connectivity-related phase transitions and emergence of complex topology of synchronization, can be readily recaptured even in very simple non-linear electronic networks, such as rings. On this website, you will find detailed information about the custom hardware designs, and access to the full experimental datasets. At present, my work focuses on the design of various non-linear electronic networks, mainly based on bipolar-transistor and field programmable analog-array (FPAA) circuits. Significant efforts are also being invested towards the development of custom data acquisition and signal processing equipment, for example to enable experiments on chaos control. Among recent studies, you will also find demonstration of the potential for non-linear electronic networks to generate motor patterns, recapitulating with great versatility emergent gaits and postures observed in insects.