Alum Sathyanarayana Wins AES Young Investigator Award

CS&E Alum Aarti Sathyanarayana
December 26, 2019

The American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the Scientific Program Committee has selected Dr. Aarti Sathyanarayana (M.S. 2015, Ph.D. 2017) as the winner of the 2019 Young Investigator Award. This award recognizes young investigators conducting basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research. 

Her abstract, Measuring drug effects on brain dynamics through electroencephalography, was selected from over 1,300 submissions.

"There are currently over 2 dozen epilepsy medications, and finding the right choice for a patient can take months of trial and error," said Sathyanarayana. "Our approach can measure medication efficacy from a 30-second EEG recording taken just minutes afterwards. We treat the brain as a dynamical system and track changes in multiscale nonlinear invariants such as entropy, determinism, and the Lyapunov exponents."

Sathyanarayana was recognized at the AES Annual Meeting, held December 6-10 in Baltimore, MD. She also presented her work in four different forums during the five-day conference.

Dr. Sathyanarayana received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2017 and was a member of Professor Jaideep Srivastava’s Data Mining Research Group. She also received her Master of Science in Computer Science (2015) and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (2010) from the University of Minnesota. She is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, working with Dr. Kenneth Mandl in the Computational Health Informatics Program.

Her research lies at the cross-section of signal processing, machine learning, and human health. She focuses on quality of life technologies, and advances cutting-edge machine learning techniques for the betterment of human health and wellness, particularly in digital phenotyping and the identification of digital biomarkers.