The Ware Foundation establishes a core research facility that combines the Center for Advanced Technology and Education (CATE) and Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) Brain Institute and is being used by both the FIU community and MCH clinicians. The Laboratory contains highly specialized equipment that utilizes sophisticated diverse recording modalities for the study of brain activity, analysis and diagnosis that are crucial to developing cutting edge clinical treatment approaches and new medical technology.
The Ware Foundation Endowment gives the College of Engineering the ability to attract exceptionally talented new researchers into the FIU-MCH joint program. These individuals have the opportunity to conduct cutting edge research in an innovative multi-disciplinary environment that will allow them to make significant contributions as well as attract additional research funding. The Ware Foundation’s generous philanthropic support is producing a lasting legacy of medical breakthroughs benefiting children and their families today and for generations to come.
Our vision is to establish a multidisciplinary research platform for our researchers and scientists to develop their creative thinking in the information processing field (image, signal, and very large databases) with practical implications to neuroscience in a multidimensional world, integrating spatial and time coordinates with different recording modalities that are brought in synergy.
In the merging of these technologies, we see a productive ground for the development of new methodologies and scientific discovery that will meet the impending needs in neuroscience as we elicit both the functional mapping of the brain, and the causality of key brain disorders. A host of diverse technologies have evolved and “information processing” is now viewed broadly to encompass a spectrum of structural and functional information defining characteristics of clinical systems at different levels, generating scientific findings through new theoretical methods and effective hardware/software integration and implementation. It is also true that knowledge in one field can answer persistent questions in another. With this shared sentiment, we believe that neuroscience and information processing are inextricably linked. Enhanced knowledge in the first field will undoubtedly yield new theoretical developments, which in turn will come in support of system design with augmented viability in the second field.
The interplay between science and engineering is hence at its best by bringing information processing to the practical realm of neuroscience. Experimental results, as observed through clinical means or through system design evaluations, can serve to redefine or re-evaluate our theoretical assumptions and premises; just as learning more about the workings of the human brain will serve to generate new theories that can expand our potential for scientific/engineering discovery. It is exactly these beliefs that are the driving force of this research and which have allowed this research to thrive in the last decade, as we strive to take new leaps over the next five.