• Mingui Sun, Ph.D

    Professor of Neurological Surgery, Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering

    Specialized Areas of Interest
    Biomedical engineering; biomedical instrumentation; biomedical signal, computational neurophysiology, image and video processing; computer-assisted neurosurgery and diagnosis.

    Mingui Sun, PhD, received a BS degree in instrumental and industrial automation in 1982 from the Shenyang Chemical Engineering Institute in Shenyang, China, and an MS degree in electrical engineering in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned a PhD degree in electrical engineering in 1989. He was later appointed to the faculty in the Department of Neurological Surgery.
    Dr. Sun's research interests include neurophysiological signals and systems, biosensor designs, brain-computer interface, bioelectronics and bioinformatics. He has more than 250 publications.

    Professional Organization Membership
    American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    IEEE Signal Processing Society
    IEEE Circuit and Systems Society
    American Telemedicine Association

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  • Wenyan Jia, Ph.D

    Research Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

    Research interests
    biomedical images/ signals processing and health-monitoring device development.


  • Robert J. Sclabassi, Ph.D, M.D

    Chief Executive Officer of Computational Diagnostics, Inc.

    Dr. Sclabassi is the Chief Executive Officer of Computational Diagnostics, Inc. He has an extensive background in business, research and medicine. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has done post-graduate training at UCLA.

    Dr. Sclabassi has been on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published over 150 journal papers, 220 refereed conference papers, 55 book chapters, 200 conference abstracts and has given over 200 invited presentations. He holds 15 patents. He has also served on numerous advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Dr. Sclabassi has previously worked for TRW Systems Group, focused on new technology development, was a founder of LimTech, Inc., and serves as a consultant to many medical device companies. He was an early worker in the use of telemedicine applied to neurophysiology and has twice received recognition from the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards for the development of a Real-Time Intraoperative Monitoring System. This same technology was described in Liberation Management (Tom Peters) as the wave of the future. The rights to this technology were obtained from the University of Pittsburgh under the name NeuroNet´┐Ż and has formed the backbone of CDI's evolving technology.Currently, Dr. Sclabassi serves on the Boards of Neuro Kinetics,Inc., Decision Resources, Inc., Pittsburgh Opera, and the Regents of LMU/LA.

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  • Zhi-Hong Mao, Ph.D

    Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Dr. Mao is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He received his dual Bachelor's degrees in automatic control and applied mathematics in 1995 and M.Eng. degree in intelligent control and pattern recognition in 1998 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, S.M. degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 2000 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, and Ph.D. degree in electrical and medical engineering in 2005 from MIT (or as Ph.D. degree in medical engineering and medical physics in 2006 from the Harvard University-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology). He was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2010, Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society in 2010, and Outstanding Educator Award of Pitt Swanson School of Engineering in 2009. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

    Research Interests
    Control engineering: neural control, human-centered control, and networked control
    Other interests: systems neuroscience, power and energy systems, and air transportation systems

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