Dania Gutiérrez received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1997, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical
Engineering and Computer Sciences, as well as the Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), in 2000 and 2005, respectively.
Her studies in the United States were sponsored by the Fulbright Program. From March 2005 to May 2006, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the
Department of Computer Systems Engineering and Automation, Institute of Research in Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), UNAM.
In June 2006, she joined the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) at Monterrey, Mexico. There, she is an Associate Professor in the area of medical sciences.
In 2015, Dr. Gutiérrez was a visiting professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus University at Toruń, Poland. Dr. Gutiérrez’s area of expertise is statistical signal processing and
its applications to biomedicine. She is currently working in projects related to human-machine interfaces, neurocognition, bioelectromagnetism, and biomechanics.
Dr. Gutiérrez is also an activist fighting for the rights of the LGBT community in Mexico.
Nehchal Kaur - StimVeda Neurosciences (India)
Nehchal Kaur is a Masters in Cognitive Systems. She has a background in Applied Psychology which she pursued in her home country,
India and then went on to pursue an M.Sc. at Ulm University, Germany. During her course, she particularly chose to study neuroimaging
techniques and undertook projects related to brain-computer interfaces. From organising mental health camps during graduation to planning psychodrama activities,
she has always been a strong advocate for mental health that's accessible by all. In 2020, she co-founded NeuraNapse - an educational initiative that imparts
neuroscientific skills and knowledge to young psychology enthusiasts in order to promote evidence-based therapeutic practices.
Recently, she joined Stimveda Neurosciences as a research associate. The startup aims to build neural wearables that improve mental health and well being.
Nehchal aims to work towards building non-pharmacological treatments for neurological as well as psychological disorders by incorporating cultural practices into the
foundational basis for neurotechnology.
Gabriela Castellano - University of Campinas (Brazil)
Gabriela Castellano has a BSc and an MSc in Physics from University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a
PhD from King’s College London, UK. She is now Associate Professor at “Gleb Wataghin” Physics Institute (IFGW) of University of Campinas, Brazil.
Her research interests are in processing and analysis of brain data (EEG, MRI, fMRI, fMRS) to aid the diagnostic, prognostic and treatment of neurological diseases,
and application to assistive and rehabilitation technologies, such as brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality motor rehabilitation.
Since 2013 she is co-PI at BRAINN (Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology), supported by FAPESP. She is the outreach projects coordinator of IFGW since 2019.
In 2019-2020 she coordinated the MAFALDA project, an initiative to encourage public school girls to pursue careers in STEM.