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Functional Brain Mapping and Brain Computer Interface Lab

About the Functional Brain Mapping and Brain Computer Interface Lab (FBM-BCI)

Founded in August 2011, the main goal of the FBM-BCI Lab is to assist the comprehensive epilepsy surgery program and improve outcomes of epilepsy surgery. We are focusing on implementing brain imaging techniques to investigate cognitive, sensory, and motor function in epilepsy patients. From clinical side, we are closely working with the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Florida Hospital for Children directed by Dr. Ki Lee, MD. From research side, we are greatly supported by the Center for Pediatric Research at Florida Hospital for Children directed by Dr. Patricia Robinson, PhD, CPNP.

Our Comprehensive Team

Milena Korostenskaja, PhD – Neuroscientist, Head of the Laboratory of Functional Brain Mapping and Brain Computer Interface (FBM-BCI)

Po-Ching Chen, PhD – Biomedical Engineer, Image Processing Specialist

Dr. Ki Lee, MD – Pediatric Neurologist, Medical Director of Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center

Dr. James Baumgartner, MD – Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Surgical Director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center

Dr. Michael Westerveld, PhD – Clinical Neuropsychologist, Medical Director of Neuropsychology


Dr. Gerwin Schalk, PhD and Peter Brunner from Albany Medical School, NY – collaborating on real-time functional mapping (RTFM) for epilepsy surgery candidates;

Dr. Wei Wang, PhD from University of Pittsburgh, IL – collaborating on brain-computer interface (BCI) project in patients undergoing hemispherectomy;

Dr. Anca Ralescu, PhD from Computer Science Department, School of Computing Sciences and Informatics, College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati, OH – collaborating on applying machine learning techniques for neurophysiological/imaging data analysis;

Dr. Scott Holland, PhD from Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH. We are grateful to Dr. Holland and his team for sharing with us fMRI paradigms for evaluation of language function in children.

Recent Accomplishments

Recently received IRB and ORA approval for our 5 year human research study at Florida Hospital for Children! The study is titled: “Improving outcomes of Epilepsy Surgery".


  • 128-channel gtech EEG amplifier
  • Stimulus presentation software: Presentation, E-Prime, ANT eevoke
  • Electromagnetic signal processing software: Curry, BESA, Persyst
  • Imaging processing software: Brain Voyager, Analyze

Clinical Work

  • Multi-modal imaging fusion for epilepsy surgery
  • Functional brain mapping with ECoG, EEG and fMRI for pre-surgical evaluation

Research Projects

  • Clinical / outcome epilepsy studies
  • Real-time functional mapping
  • Changes of cognitive functions in epilepsy with ERPs/ERFs
  • Neuropsychopharmacological studies
  • Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI)
  • High-frequency oscillations (HFOs)
  • Functional mapping with fMRI – language, memory, executive function, attention
  • Epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidities

Publications and Conference Presentations

Click here to view a full list of Publications and Conference Presentations.

News and Events

Advances in Neuroscience Research meetings occur every two weeks at Florida Hospital for Children. If you are interested in attending a meeting below, please contact Dr. Milena Korostenskaja at

Research Opportunities

Functional Brain Mapping and Brain Computer Interface Lab offers a number of unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research in the field of epilepsy research and its application to brain-computer interaction. Students will be trained in brain imaging techniques, work in clinical settings, and will be provided with opportunity to work on the scientific presentations and manuscripts.


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How to Find Us

Milena Korostenskaja, Ph.D., Clinical Research Scientist

Head of Functional Brain Mapping and Brain Computer Interface Lab

Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center

Center for Pediatric Research

Florida Hospital for Children

601 Rollins Street, Orlando, Florida 32803, USA

Phone : (407) 303-9512 | Fax : (407) 303-7708


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