Lucas C. Parra

Lucas C. Parra

Office Hours

All students wishing to talk to me must come to my office hours: Wednesday 1:00PM - 2:00PM. No appointment required.

Calendar

All others wishing to set up a meeting please consult this calendar, and send an email with suggested dates and times. (Full day entries indicate that I am not available that day.) Thank you.

Education

1985-1995: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany
Ph.D. in Physics and Computer Science, 1996

Affiliation

08/2003 - Current: City College of New York - Professor of Biomedical Engineering
03/2002 - 07/2002: Columbia University - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
04/1997 - 07/2003: Sarnoff Corporation - Technology Leader, Adaptive Signal and Image Processing
04/1995 - 03/1997: Siemens Corporate Research - MTS, Imaging Department

Research Interests

The general area of interest is how temporal information of natural stimuli is encoded and processed by the brain. Experimental techniques focus on interpreting and modulating brain activity in humans non-invasively using electro-encephalography and trans-cranial electrical stimulation, in short: "reading" and "writing" the brain with electric fields. The work is often coupled with auditory and visual psychophysics and always incorporates computational or mathematical models.

Publications

Complete list with PDF files, demos and code.
Google Scholar citations.

In the News

News clips of our work can be found here.

Teaching

BME I5100 Biomedical Signal Processing (3 credits, graduate)
BME I5000 Medical Imaging and Image Processing (3 credit, graduate)
BME 22000 Biostatistics and Research Methods (3 credits, undergraduate)
BME 50500 Image and Signal Processing in Biomedicine (3 credits, undergraduate)
BME 10100 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (1 credits, undergraduate)

Current Research Topics (Collaborators)

Tinnitus modeling and psychophysics (Barak Pearlmutter, UNI; Glenis Long, CUNY)
EEG single-trial, real-time analysis (Paul Sajda, Columbia)
Effects of electric fields on endogenous network activity (Marom Bikson, CCNY, Lisa Marshall. Univ. Luebeck)
Bird song learning (Ofer Tchernichovski, CCNY)
Neural correlates of perceived confidence (Mariano Siegman, Univ. Buenos Aires)

Current Students

Simon Henin, Postdoc
Agustin Petroni, Postdoc
Samantha Cohen, Ph.D. candidate
Belen Lafon, Ph.D. candidate
Yu Huang, alias Andy, Ph.D. candidate
Joao Dias, Ph.D. candidate

Former Students

Stefan Haufe, Postdoc, 2013-2014
Justin Rice, Postdoc, 2010-2012
Jacek Dmochowski, Postdoc, 2008-2013
Davide Reato, Ph.D. in 2013
Xiang Zhou, Ph.D. in BME 2010
Yuzhuo Su, alias Suzy, Ph.D. in BME, 2010
Christoforos Christoforou, Ph.D. CS, 2009
Mads Dyrholm, Postdoc, 2006-2007
Christopher Alvino, MS, 2001-2002


Lucas C. Parra
Herbert Kayser Professor of Biomedical Engineering The City College of The City University of New York
Steinman Hall, T-403C
212.650.7211
212.650.6727
parra @ ccny.cuny.edu