TOPIC Sensory Encoding in Biological Systems and Proprioception
SPEAKER Professor Benoni B. Edin

Department of Integrative Medical Biology

Umeå University, Sweden

DATE 20 July 2010, Tuesday
TIME 2:30 – 4:30 pm
VENUE Level 2, Social Robotics Lab, I3 Building, Interactive Digital Media Institute, 21 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, NUS.
FEES No Charge
Sensory Encoding in Biological Systems.

This is an introduction to how physical events are translated into biological signals with numerous example from the human somatosensory system. Specifically, how physical signals are encoded and ‘represented’ in trains of action potentials are described and discussed.


Proprioception is a broad term pertaining primarily to representations of limb positions. Its historical roots and the main biological sensors contributing to this complex ability is described with examples from behavioral and neurophysiological experiments in both humans and animals.

Professor Benoni B. Edin is a Professor at the Department Integrative Medical Biology at Umeå University,
Sweden, where he received his M.D. in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology in 1988. He spent two years of his Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA prior to joining the Umeå University. He was a recipient of the Eric K. Fernströms prize in 1996 and was appointed as vice-dean of Medical Faculty at the Umeå University from 1999 to 2005. His research efforts focus on neuroscience & neurophysiology, biological cybernetics, and brain research. According to ISI Web of Knowledge, Professor Edin has 37 publications that have been cited 1102 times and an h-index of 19.
The map to the SRL can be found on the link at Within NUS, one can take the internal shuttle bus A1, A2 or BTC and stop at the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library. The building where the seminar is located is on the hill just next to the Hon Sui Sen Library.