Distinguished Lecture Series: Osvaldo Agamennoni

When we are reading a text, looking at an image or at our surrounding, our eyes continuously move to different fixation points. The movements are controlled by the brain toward a new fixation point where it has previously predicted that could acquire new pieces of relevant information. To do so, we need to make sense of the information distributed in the text, the image or our surrounding, i.e. we need to build an adequate representation of the whole in our memory in order to direct our foveal vision to efficiently get new clues of information. There is a clear relationship between eye movements and memory, and then it is natural to hypothesize that eye movement disorders reflect deficits in attention and working memory processes in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
We have been able to prove that deficits in the capacity of processing complex information are linked to memory-guided eye movements. Early detection and monitoring opportunities in AD patients could be substantially improved by using these ideas. Furthermore, the results obtained through our research work could become in time a simple, objective, noninvasive and economic marker for early disease detection.
Osvaldo Agamennoni received the Electrical Engineer degree and the PhD in Control Systems from Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS) in 1979 and 1991. From 1992 to 1994 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Sydney. He is currenlty a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers at UNS and Senior researcher at the Comission of Scientific Research (CIC) of Buenos Aires Province. He is a former Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers (UNS 1995-2001), former Head of the Institute of Research on Electrical Engineering, the first Institute of the National Research Council (CONICET) in Electrical Engineering (1997 – 2007), and also former vicechancelor
of Science and technology (UNS 2003 -2007) and vice-chancelor of Institutional Relationship and Planning of UNS (2007 -2012). His interests are in the areas of Robust control system, Process control, Nonlinear dynamic system analysis and modeling, Neuroscience and Cognition. He is author or co-author of more than 150 presentations to scientific meetings and more than 60 papers in international journals and 9 book chapters. He is also a Founding Partner of ViewMind. A Start Up on High Precision Cognitive Performance Evaluation (www.viewmind.com.ar) and recently received a Mention of Honor from the Honorable Senate of the Republic of Argentina for his scientific achievements.
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