Dr. Anat Dahan

Dr. Anat Dahan

Dr. Anat Dahan

Department: Software Engineering
Current Position: Lecturer

Education :

Phd. 2017
Education of Science and Technology, Technion, NeuroCogVR lab My research found motor markers for ADHD. I have developed tasks a 3Dvirtual environment that enables high resolution measurement of hand movements. I have found evidence for abnormal motor planning in ADHD

M.Sc. 2009
Biomedical engineering, Technion, Vision-Research Lab My research studied the minimally-sufficient visual cues for activation of the brain’s Mirror-Neuron-System. It involved running fMRI scans on human subjects in Sheba Tel-Hashomer Hospital, analysis of the resulting signals and their statistical properties, and integrating it theoretically with the research literature and the existing neuroscientific knowledge.

B.Sc, 1999 Computer Science, Technion.

Research Interests
  • 1. Neuroscience and neurological disorders.
  • 2. Motor markers measurement and analysis.
  • 3. Motor planning in ADHD.
  • 4. Application of Graph Theory methods for analysis of EEG recordings connectivity

Refereed Papers

Publications in journals

·Dahan A, Reiner M. Evidence for abnormal planning in ADHD. Nature, Scientific Reports (2017).

·Dahan A, Ryder CH, Reiner M. (2016). Components of motor deficiencies in ADHD and possible interventions, Neuroscience

·Dahan, A., & Reiner, M. (2016). Recognition of the semantics and kinematics of gestures: Neural responses to “what” and “how”?, International Journal of Psychophysiology.

·Dahan, A., Geist, D., Gluhovsky, L., Pidan, D., Shapir, G., Wolfsthal, Y & Lahbib, Y. (2005, March). Combining system level modeling with assertion based verification. In Sixth international symposium on quality electronic design (isqed’05) (pp. 310-315). IEEE.

 

Books

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

· Hand tracking reveals abnormal planning in  ADHD. A talk presented In the Israel Society of
Biological Psychiatry conference (isbp), Kfar Blum, Israel, March 2017.

· Evidence for abnormal motor planning in ADHD, Dahan Anat and Reiner Miriam. A talk
presented in the SOCIETY OF APPLIED NEUROSCIENCE conference (SAN), Corfu, Greece
(Oct, 2016).

· Motor markers of ADHD players in a 3D immersive virtual world game. A talk presented in the SOCIETY OF APPLIED NEUROSCIENCE conference (SAN), Utrecht, Holland, 2014.

· Levin N., Dahan A.,Gvirts H., Guy-Jelinek D., Shafir U., Shafir T., Gillette M., Mackert J., Godder Y., and Müller O. Störung/הפרעה: A German-Israeli Interdisciplinary Project on Movement and Movement Disorder. A poster presented in the 11th Karniel Eleventh Computational Motor Control Workshop. Ben Gurion University. Israel, 2015.

· Motor markers of ADHD players in a 3D immersive virtual world.  Poster presented at The Tenth computational motor workshop, Ben Gurion, 2014.

· Minimal cues, gesture recognition, and presence:  Activation of the mirror Neuron System for gesture recognition as number of cues increases. Poster presented at the IMRF conference, Jerusalem, 2013.

· Different mirror neuron response to recognized and unrecognized gestures. Poster presented at ISFN, Eilat, 2011.

 

Academic Appointments

2018- present Lecturer, ORT Braude Collage. Department of Software Engineering.

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND GRANTS
2017  Kaplan award for excellence for graduate students in education of science and Technlogy
2016  Jacobs Technion excellence scholarship for graduate students
2015  Faculty of Education in Science and Technology Excellence scholarship
2015  Participated in “Störung/ Hafra’a”, a unique collaborative interdisciplinary project that brought together scientists, professional dancers and
choreographers, physicians, and people with Parkinson’s from Israel and Germany, to explore different aspects of human movement and
movement disorder.

PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC ACTIVITIES
Conferences Organization

• Member, BITE –Brain Inspired Technology for Education Conference and hackathon, Education of Science and Technology, Technion, Dec-2016.

Referee of papers for publication in the following journals:
• Reviewer – Nature, Scientific Reports. • Reviewer – Journal of neuroscience and neuropsychology
• Reviewer – International Journal of Psychology and Psychoanalysis

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Publications in journals

• Dahan A, Reiner M. Evidence for abnormal planning in ADHD. Nature, Scientific Reports (2017)
• Dahan A, Ryder CH, Reiner M. (2016). Components of motor deficiencies in ADHD and possible interventions, Neuroscience
• Dahan, A., & Reiner, M. (2016). Recognition of the semantics and kinematics of gestures: Neural responses to “what” and “how”?, International
Journal  of Psychophysiology.‏
• Dahan, A., Geist, D., Gluhovsky, L., Pidan, D., Shapir, G., Wolfsthal, Y & Lahbib, Y. (2005, March). Combining system level modeling with assertion
based verification. In Sixth international symposium on quality electronic design (isqed’05) (pp. 310-315). IEEE.‏ Publications in conferences
• Hand tracking reveals abnormal planning in ADHD. A talk presented In the Israel Society of Biological Psychiatry conference (isbp), Kfar Blum, Israel,
March 2017.
• Evidence for abnormal motor planning in ADHD, Dahan Anat and Reiner Miriam. A talk presented in the SOCIETY OF APPLIED NEUROSCIENCE
conference (SAN), Corfu, Greece (Oct, 2016).
• Motor markers of ADHD players in a 3D immersive virtual world game. A talk presented in the SOCIETY OF APPLIED NEUROSCIENCE conference (SAN),
Utrecht, Holland, 2014.
• Levin N., Dahan A.,Gvirts H., Guy-Jelinek D., Shafir U., Shafir T., Gillette M., Mackert J., Godder Y., and Müller O. Störung/הפרעה: A German-Israeli
Interdisciplinary Project on Movement and Movement Disorder. A poster presented in the 11th Karniel Eleventh Computational Motor Control
Workshop.  Ben Gurion University. Israel, 2015.
• Motor markers of ADHD players in a 3D immersive virtual world. Poster presented at The Tenth computational motor workshop, Ben Gurion, 2014.
• Minimal cues, gesture recognition, and presence: Activation of the mirror Neuron System for gesture recognition as number of cues increases. Poster
presented at the IMRF conference, Jerusalem, 2013.
• Different mirror neuron response to recognized and unrecognized gestures. Poster presented at ISFN, Eilat, 2011.

Teaching Experience

ORT Braude College

     Undergraduate Courses

  • Lecturer, Software Engineering Department, Digital signal Processing course
  • Lecturer, Software Engineering Department, Algorithms course
  • Teaching assistant at Software Engineering Department,  Methods in software engineering course
  • Teaching assistant at Software Engineering Department,  Algorithms course
  • Project advisor at Software Engineering Department, final project in software engineering course

Technion City

Undergraduate Courses: • Teaching assistant at Biomedical engineering , principles of magnetic resonance in medical imaging • Teaching assistant at Education of Science and Technology, Methods for evaluation in teaching of science

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

2009- 2013   Rafael, Image Processing. Development of image processing tools and applications. I have designed and implemented image processing software. I worked in object oriented methodologies using C# and C++.

2001 – 2004   IBM Research, Haifa. Development of Formal Verification tool in IBM research laboratory. I have worked in the Software Verification department, in development of Formal Verification tools for hardware and software. I have developed tools for simulation. My work included software development and customer support. Development was done in C++ and Pyhon, and included usage of PSL specification language.

1998-2001   VISOPT – a startup company. I worked in a Startup company in design and development of optimization scheduling tools, for optimal design of manufacturing using Constraint Satisfaction Problems. Work included Object Oriented Design and implementation in C++ and customer support.

Academic and Professional Awards and Grants

2007 Invited plenary talk at the 8th International Symposium on Quantitative  Feedback Theory and Robust Frequency Domain Methods, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot,  Israel.
2006 Invited plenary talk at the Control Engineering CEA/IFAC Meeting, the Public  University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
2005-2009 National Research Foundation Support Grant, South Africa.
2005 Negretti Medal of the South African Institute of Measurement and Control for the best paper  (Water circulation control during once-through boiler start-up).
2001 Invited keynote address at the 5th International Symposium on Quantitative  Feedback Theory, Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.

Professional Activities

ORT Braude College
2012 – present Chairman, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Departmental Forum, ORT Braude College
2011 – present Member, Academic Council of ORT Braude College
Government of South Africa

2008    Member of Higher Education South Africa Task Team on  ‘Building High Level Skills in Local Government’

University of KwaZulu-Natal
2009    Chairman of the Engineering Faculty Board
2007    Manager of the National Innovation Competition
2005 – 2009    Chairman of the Senate Committee on Faculty and University Rules
2005 – 2009    Chairman of Staff Disciplinary Committees
2004 – 2009    Member of Senate
2004 – 2009    Member of the Academic Affairs Board,  College of  Agriculture
Science and Engineering
2004 – 2009    Member of the Engineering Faculty Board
2004 – 2009    Chairman of the Engineering Faculty Higher Degrees Committee
2004 – 2005    Author of the Constitution of, and the Academic Rules in, the
Faculty of Engineering

2004 – 2005    Member of the Academic Board of the UKZN Centre of Leadership and Innovation

University of Durban-Westville
2002 – 2003    Chairman of the  Engineering Faculty  Post Graduate and ResearchCommittee
2001 – 2003  Commercial Law Project Leader,  University of  Durban-Westville Centre of International Law
1987 – 2003    Member of Senate
1987 – 2003    Member of the Engineering Faculty Board
1987 – 1993    Senate representative on the Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee
1987 – 1993    Senate representative on the Research Subcommittee
1987 – 1993    Engineering Board representative on the Computer Committee
1987 – 1993    Engineering Board representative on the Science, Law and

Management Sciences Faculty Boards

University of Natal
1983 – 1987 Member of Senate
1983 – 1987 Member of the Engineering Faculty Board
INDUSTRY
2007    CSIR, South Africa: system audit.
2002 – 2004    ESKOM, South Africa:  analysis and design of competitive energy markets and exchanges.
2001 – 2010    ESKOM, South Africa: control of hot and warm start-up of
BensonTMboilers.
2001 – 2009    ESKOM, South Africa: Benson TMboiler pressure, flow and thermal simulation, analysis and estimation.
1998    Control Techniques, South Africa: control and instrumentation in
textiles industry.
1997    T&N Holdings, South Africa:  production process design for profit
(throughput, quality, constraint identification and utilisation, scheduling and regulation) and management consulting.
1997    FHE, South Africa:  brazing furnace dynamic simulation program,
modification of the brazing furnace control system and other contributions to a proprietary heat transfer technology project.
1997    BVQI, South Africa:  ISO9001 certification of a defence equipment
manufacturer.
1996 – 1997    ABB and Carlton, South Africa:  process steam generation and load sharing control with multiple boilers.
1996      UEC Projects, South Africa:  reverse engineering of  an  electro-hydraulic stabilisation system.
1995 – 1996    ABB, Sappi, and Carlton, South Africa: plantwide process functional specification.
1993 – 1996    UEC Projects and ADS, South Africa:  error propagation modelling, platform and sub-system tolerance budgeting, probability design.
1993 – 1994    UEC Projects, South Africa:  Naval systems  engineering and
integration, signal interface database design, project management.
1992      Wright Laboratories, USA: control engineering consulting.
1991 – 2011    NOY BusinessTM, South Africa: publication and marketing of books.
1991      Sappi, South Africa: control engineering consulting.
1989 – 2000    Ultimate Instrument Contractors, ABB, Sappi, and Carlton, South Africa: design of process control systems.
1989 – 1996    Ultimate Instrument Contractors and Sappi, South Africa: instrumentation design, interlocking system design (for start-up, shut-down and  safety), project management, process commissioning and tuning in pulp and paper industry.
1989 – 1992    Sappi, South Africa: chemical recovery boiler instrumentation and control.
1987      Siemens, Germany: control engineering consulting.
1986 – 1990    South Africa:  creation and marketing of a graphical control system design program.
1986      Zululand Co-operative Sugar Mill, South Africa:  process steam generation and load sharing control with multiple boilers.

1985 – 1996    UEC Projects, South Africa:  Kalman filter application in passive sonar ranging,  target  motion analysis, and other algorithm and

operator interface development projects in acoustic and sonar applications.

1984 – 1985    South Africa:  translation of technical and scientific literature from
various languages.
1984    Sezela Sugar Mill, South Africa: balancing of an electro-mechanical
power transmission chain to avoid frequent and expensive damage to
final drive.
1984    South Africa:  creation and marketing of a financial book-keeping program for legal firms.
1976 – 1983    Kraftwerk Union and Siemens, Germany: Benson
TM boiler pressure, flow and thermal dynamics simulation.
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