Manish Saggar & Allan Reiss - Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences
Haisong Gu is Division Manager of the IT Research Division at Konica Minolta Laboratory USA, Inc. and has been a mediaX Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. Gu obtained his Ph.D. from Osaka University in Japan in 1994. Gu’s research includes sensing technology, pattern recognition and machine intelligence. Since then, he has been working with several companies and universities in both Japan and the U.S., including Osaka University, Panasonic and USC. For his achievement in pioneering a stereo vision-based robot system in the field of factory automation, he received the “Automation Technology Award” in Japan. He is the first author of more than 30 research papers and owns numerous patents. Most recently, he has been exploring advanced IT solutions for higher education, healthcare and productivity improvement for individuals and groups.
Manish Saggar is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychiatry Department at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and is working with Dr. Allan Reiss in the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). Saggar’s research focuses on the intersections of cognitive science, neuroimaging, and computational modeling, with the goal of developing novel experimental designs and computational analyses to better understand typical and atypical brain functioning. Saggar’s currently projects include: (a) finding the neural correlates of creativity and its enhancement across lifespan; (b) developing multi-person
neuroimaging paradigms to assess the neural correlates of social interaction; and (c) constructing methods to characterize and model the dynamics of brain’s intrinsic activity. Saggar is also part of Stanford’s d.school teaching team, where he is actively involved in teaching design thinking principles and their relation to mental health. Saggar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. As part of his doctoral work, he developed a computational model of brain processes underlying meditation training. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (India).