Miss Iulia M. Comsa
How do we lose consciousness when we fall asleep or go under anaesthesia? My research explores the neural dynamics of brain states at the boundary of consciousness. I study the transitions between levels of consciousness in natural, pharmacological and pathological forms of its impairment: sleep, sedation and disorders of consciousness. For this purpose, I use high-density EEG to investigate how measures of local and integrated brain activity, such as complexity, connectivity and graph-theoretical properties, are modulated by the level of consciousness.
Other topics I am passionate about include brain-computer interfaces, artificial intelligence, and the so-called 'hard problem' of consciousness.
Associated News Items
Comsa IM, Bekinschtein TB, Chennu S (2017), “Transient topographical dynamics of the electroencephalogram predict brain connectivity and behavioural responsiveness during drowsiness” bioRxiv 231464
Comsa IM, Grosan C, Yang S (2013), “Dynamics in the Multi-Objective Subset Sum: Analysing the Behaviour of Population Based Algorithms” Evolutionary Computation for Dynamic Optimization Problems (Chapter 12) 288-313
Vaduvescu O, Popescu M, Comsa I., Paraschiv A, Lacatus D, Sonka A, Tudorica A, Birlan M, Suciu O, Char F, Constantinescu M, Badescu T., Badea M, Vidican D, Opriseanu C (2013), “Mining the ESO WFI and INT WFC archives for known Near Earth Asteroids: Mega-Precovery software” Astronomische Nachrichten 334:718-728
Vaduvescu O, Birlan M, Tudorica A, Sonka A, Pozo FN, Barr AD, Asher DJ, Licandro J, Ortiz JL, Unda-Sanzana E, Popescu M, Nedelcu A, Dumitru D, Toma R, Comsa I, Vancea C, Vidican D, Opriseanu C, Badescu T, Badea M, Constantinescu M (2011), “EURONEAR - Recovery, Follow-up and Discovery of NEAs and MBAs using Large Field 1-2m Telescope” Planetary and Space Science 59:1632-1646
Birlan M, Vaduvescu O, Tudorica A, Sonka A, Nedelcu A, Galad A, Colas F, Pozo F, Barr A, Toma R, Comsa I, Rocher P, Lainey V, Vidican D, Asher D, Opriseanu C, Vancea C, Colque JP, Soto CP, Rekola R, Unda- Sanzana E (2010), “More than 160 Near Earth Asteroids observed in the EURONEAR Network” Astronomy & Astrophysics 511 A40