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The Society in the social networks: Highlights of activity between July 2020 and October 2020

This is an executive summary of some of the activity that has occurred in the past few months compiled from posts made to our Facebook group page and to Twitter.

Please note that not every post or news item is repeated here. We selected posts/items that we felt might be of greatest interest to society members. This necessarily involved some discretionary choices, but we made our best effort at fair representation of what’s going on.
Nevertheless, if you know about relevant activity that you think should be included here, please contact us with your comments so that we can be more comprehensive in our coverage. Also, for what it’s worth, the order of presentation here is arbitrary. For future newsletter issues, we encourage you to announce events via the Facebook group or on Twitter using the hashtag #fNIRS.

3rd Research Webinar with David Rosenbaum; fNIRS in psychotherapy research.

Posted by Felix Scholkmann on FB, Oct. 29, 2020

On October 30, 2020, Dr. David Resenbaum delivered the 3rd webinar of the series with a presentation on using fNIRS in psychotherapy research.

The London-Cambridge infant fNIRS network inaugural meeting.

Posted by Rob Cooper on Tw, Oct. 12, 2020

SfNIRS Datablitz 2020

Posted by Mari Franceschini on FB and Tw, Several dates, 2020

Following the hard but necessary decision to postpone the fNIRS biennial meeting in Boston 2020 due to the COVID19, the fNIRS2020 board led by Mari Franceschini first announced the organization of virtual meeting with an innovative format on Aug 17. Arguably the most important event of the SfNIRS during this period, the SfNIRS Datablitz was held on October 12-14 2020. The meeting was a large success attracting large participation from our community.

Podcast Brain imaging for a new generation, a light look at biomedical optics

Posted by Jamie Guggenheim on Tw, Sep. 30, 2020

Kernel announces new portable TD-fNIRS device Flow 50

Posted by Katherine Perdue on FB, Sep. 30, 2020


New Special Issue “Near-Infrared Spectroscopy-Based Brain-Computer Interfaces” on Frontiers in Human Neuroscience announced

Posted by Nauman Naseer on FB, Sep. 28, 2020


New YouTube video from the LUCA project

Posted by Rebecca Re on FB, Sep. 24, 2020

Photonics published Special Issue “Neurophotonics – Optics for the Brain”

Posted by Photonics on Tw, Sep. 21, 2020

This special issue has been edited by Prof. Sergio Fantini.

New research topic “Understanding Brain Mechanisms Underpinning Physical Movement and Exercise” in Frontiers in Neuroergonomics

Posted by Wei-Peng Teo on FB, Sep. 17, 2020

Frontiers’ Research Topics are peer-reviewed article collections. Wei-Peng Teo and Stephane Perrey announced the launch of a new research topic on “Understanding Brain Mechanisms Underpinning Physical Movement and Exercise” in Frontiers in Neuroergonomics. Submission deadline is 10 March 2021.

New journal Frontiers in Neuroergonomics

Posted by Hasan Ayaz on FB, Sep. 17, 2020

Frontiers in Neuroergonomics launched after a year of preparations and several more of planning! The primary focus of the journal is mobile neurotechnologies, monitoring and modulating brain function in natural environments with complex realistic/real-word tasks. Please consider submitting your papers. There are already 12 research topic article collections open for submission.

2nd Research Webinar with Sarah Rösch; fNIRS for binge-eating disorder.

Posted by Felix Scholkmann on FB and Tw, Sep. 16, 2020

On September 25, 2020, PhD student Sarah Rösch delivered the 2nd research webinar on neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying fNIRS-based neurofeedback of the prefrontal cortex for binge-eating disorder.

Full oxymeter in new Apple smart wacth

Posted by Rob Cooper on Tw, Sep. 15, 2020

PsychoPy for fNIRS stimulus presentation

Posted by Artinis Medical Systems on Tw, Sep. 15, 2020

Stephen Fairclough’s Mind Machine podcasts reach 10th episode

Posted by Stephen Fairclough on Tw, Sep. 14, 2020

The mind machine podcasts series is dedicated to the latest research in applied neurosciences, physiological computing, neuroadaptive interfaces and human factors psychology. Each episode features a conversation with a different researcher about their work. The conversations cover technical aspects of the work as well as potential societal impacts. The podcast present academic research in a way that is both informal and accessible for both professional and non-professional listeners.

The FaceBook group becomes a de facto channel for asking methodological questions

Posted by several members on FB, Several dates, 2020

This period has seen a rise in the submission of open questions from members to the community. We count no less than 10 requests for advice covering aspects on experimental design, signal processing and (statistical) analysis. The response for the community in most cases has been expediting. Keep sending your questions! The community is here to help.

The 2nd Educational tutorial became the first event promoted by the society in a language other than English.

Posted by Judit Gervain on FB, Sep 7, 2020

Dr. Silvia Benavides-Varela educational tutorial on “Principios básicos del fNIRS” (fNIRS basic principles) made history in our community being the first SfNIRS promoted event in a language other than English.

Premium Homer, OpenfNIRS.org and Homer-fNIRS Google group announced.

Posted by Parya Farzam on FB, Aug 21, 2020

The announcement of the new instalment in Homer 3 and Atlas Viewer webinar series came with several additional news; the introduction of Premium Homer, the introduction of openfnirs.org, and the creation of a Homer-fNIRS Google Group. A lot is going on in David Boas lab!

The series of SfNIRS Research Webinars kick started with Dr. Mario Forcione.

Posted by Felix Scholkmann on FB, Aug. 14, and Tw, Aug. 25, 2020

The series of SfNIRS Research Webinars kick started on Aug 28 with Dr. Mario Forcione webinar on Cerebral perfusion and blood-brain barrier assessment.

New portable Soterix Medical high-density fNIRS device NIRSIT.

Posted by Soterix Medical on Tw, Aug. 14, 2020


Posted by Adam Gibson on Tw, Aug. 13, 2020

New Special Issue “Biomedical Sensing Applications of Diffuse Optics” on Sensors announced (IF: 3.27, Q1)

Posted by Rebecca Re and Felipe Orihuela-Espina on FB and Tw, Aug. 4, 2020