Dr ​​Ananda SIDARTA

Dr ​​Ananda SIDARTA




Research Fellow
Email: ana​nda.sidarta@ntu.edu.sg
Education

McGill University (PhD, Neuroscience), 2018
Nanyang Technological University (M.Sc, BME), 2009 
Nanyang Technological University (B.Eng, EEE)., 2004

Biography

Ananda is currently a Research Fellow at the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS). He obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering, and has about 6 years of industrial experiences in the test & measurement industry. After a brief exposure to a rehabilitation project during his Master years, he became interested in human movement and the brain. He then completed his PhD in Neuroscience from McGill University in Canada where he studied the mechanisms behind motor learning in humans. In his work, he combined behavioural techniques, functional neuroimaging, and non-invasive brain stimulation. Currently he takes part in an effort to build an Asian-centric movement ability database. 
​​​​​Research Interest

​Sensorimotor learning, stroke rehabilitation, brain plasticity

 

​​​​​Project
  • Act-Sens: Intensive Robotic-Based Sensorimotor Training in Chronic Stroke (2019 - Present)
  • ​Ability Data Project ​– objective assessment of movement ability in health Asian population (2019 – Present)
  • ​Kinesthetic working memory in human reinforcement learning (2016 – 2018)
  • Training-induced plasticity in healthy adults, the role of reinforcement and somatosensory system (2012 – 2016)
  • ​Micro-motion sensing system for studying micromanipulation in surgery (2007 – 2008)

 

Publication

Peer-reviewed Journals

  1. Sidarta A., VanVugt FT, Ostry DJ (2018) “Somatosensory working memory in reinforcement-based motor learning ”. J Neurophys. 120(6): 3275-3286.
  2. Sidarta A., Vahdat S., Bernardi NF., Ostry DJ (2016). “Somatic and reinforcement-based plasticity in the initial stages of human motor learning”. J Neurosci. 36 (46): 11682-11692.
  3. WT Latt, Tan UX, Georgiou A, Sidarta AE, Riviere CN, Ang WT (2011). “A micro motion sensing system for micromanipulation tasks”, Journal of Sensors and Actuators: Physical, Vol. 173, pp 254 – 266.
Conference 
  1. Sidarta A., Kumar N., Manning TF, Ostry DJ (2018). “Suppression of lateral prefrontal cortex impairs somatosensory working memory”. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2018 – San Diego (US).
  2. Kumar N., Manning TF, Sidarta A., Ostry DJ (2018). “Somatosensory but not Primary Motor Cortex Is Involved in the Consolidation of Motor Memory”. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2018 – San Diego (US).
  3. A Thiel, S Vahdat, M Darainy, D Ostry, A Sidarta. "Robot assisted proprioceptive training for improving motor function after stroke". Cerebrovascular Diseases meeting, 45, 41-41.
  4. Sidarta A., Bergeron K., VanVugt FT, Ostry DJ (2018). “The relationship between somatosensory working memory and human motor learning”. Poster presented for the Neural Control of Movement 2018 – Sante Fe (US).
  5. Sidarta A., VanVugt FT, Bernardi NF, Ostry DJ (2017). “Relation of proprioceptive working memory to human motor learning”. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2017 – Washington DC (US).
  6. Sidarta A., Vahdat S., Bernardi NF, Ostry DJ (2016). “The incentive of success: Plasticity in the initial stages of motor learning”. Poster presented for the 1st NeuroSymposium Quebec 2016 – Montreal (CA).
  7. Sidarta A., Bernardi NF, Vahdat S., Ostry DJ (2015). “Neural substrates of the initial stages of human motor learning”. Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2015 – Chicago (US).
  8. Bernardi NF, Darainy M, Sidarta A, Ostry DJ (2014). “The contribution of somatosensory perceptual learning to human motor skill acquisition.” Poster presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2014 – Washington DC (US).
  9. Ananda E.S., W.T. Latt, C.Y. Shee, E.L.M. Su, E. Burdet, T.C. Lim, C.L. Teo, W.T. Ang, “Influence of visual feedback and speed on micro-manipulation accuracy”, Proc. 31st Ann. Intl. Conf. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society – Minneapolis (US), September 2009.
  10. W. T. Latt, U. X. Tan, Ananda E. S., S. C. L. Ong, K. C. Veluvolu, C. Y. Shee, and W. T. Ang, “Design and Implementation of a Two Degrees-of-Freedom Micromanipulation Assessment System”, Proc. 30th Ann. Intl. Conf. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society – Vancouver (Canada), August 2008.