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Science of Learning Institute supports project led by Sridevi Sarma

Sridevi Sarma, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and associate director of the Institute for Computational Medicine, is the principal investigator on one of six projects to receive a two-year seed grant from The Science of Learning Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. The project titled, “How can we characterize individual differences in learning behaviors as a function of motivation?” is an interdisciplinary study that addresses interactions among motivation, attention, learning, working memory, and cognitive control. The study, which is a collaboration with Susan Courtney, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Science, could positively impact educational practices by improving classroom instruction through computer-based learning. Read the full project proposal here.

The Science of Learning Institute was founded in 2013 to support interdisciplinary research that seeks to understand the ability to learn. Sarma’s research project is a recipient of the fifth round of seed grants from the institute. Read the full story in The Hub.

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Sridevi Sarma appointed associate director of Institute for Computational Medicine

Sridevi V. Sarma, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been appointed associate director of the Institute for Computational Medicine.

Sarma joined Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and core faculty of the Institute for Computational Medicine, in 2009. In 2016, she was promoted to associate professor. Her research combines modeling, estimation, and control of dynamical systems with neurophysiology. She has developed a novel computational tool, EZTrack, which quickly and accurately identifies the seizure focus or epileptogenic zone (EZ) from hundreds of non-invasive EEG recordings with 95% accuracy. Sarma also studies the ways in which physiological monitoring data collected from patients in critical care units can be used to identify those patients whose condition is likely to deteriorate, thereby opening a window of intervention that may save their lives.

Sarma is a recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER Award, and in 2012 was chosen to receive the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2014, she received the first annual Krishna Kumar Young Investigator Award from the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).