Arthur Winfree was one of the pioneers who postulated that several diseases are actually disorders of dynamics of biological systems. Following this path, many now believe that psychiatric diseases are disorders of brain dynamics. Combination of noninvasive brain measurement techniques, brain decoding and neurofeedback, and machine learning algorithms opened up a revolutionary pathway to quantitative diagnosis and therapy of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Mitsuo Kawato (ATR (Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute))
Mitsuo Kawato received the B.S. degree in physics from Tokyo University in 1976 and the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in biophysical engineering from Osaka University in 1978 and 1981, respectively. From 1981 to 1988, he was a faculty member and lecturer at Osaka University. From 1988, he was a senior researcher and then a supervisor in ATR Auditory and Visual Perception Research Laboratories. In 1992, he became department head of Department 3, ATR Human Information Processing Research Laboratories. From 2003, he has been Director of ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories. For the last 30 years, he has been working in computational neuroscience.