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ShiNung Ching

Assistant Professor

Dr. ShiNung Ching is an Assistant Professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his B.Eng (Hons.) and M.A.Sc degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada and the University of Toronto, Canada in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2009 in the area of systems and control. Upon completion of his Ph.D, Dr. Ching joined the Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral research fellow where he worked until 2013, when he joined Washington University.

In addition to authoring articles in both engineering and basic science journals, Dr. Ching is the lead author of the textbook Quasilinear Control (Cambridge University Press, 2011). In 2012, Dr. Ching was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. This award is granted to early career researchers with backgrounds in engineering and the applied sciences, who are using methodologies from these fields to pursue research questions of biological and medical relevance.



Dr. Ching’s current research interests are at the interface between systems and control engineering, neuroscience and brain medicine. His research projects are interdisciplinary, focusing on control systems theory as well as basic science and clinical applications. He is particularly interested in the use of dynamical systems and control theory to study brain network dynamics, mechanisms of information processing in neural circuits, and engineering of new methods for drug delivery and brain stimulation.
Selected Publications

Ching, S. and Brown, E.N., Modeling the dynamical effects of anesthesia on brain circuits, Current Opinion in Neurobiology, Vol. 25, Apr 2014

Ching, S., Liberman, M. Chemali, J., Westover, M.B., Kenny, J., Solt, K., Purdon, P.L., & Brown, E.N., Real-Time Closed Loop Control in a Rodent Model of Medically-Induced Coma, Anesthesiology, Vol. 199, No. 4, Oct. 2013

Ching, S., Eun, Y., Gokcek, C., Kabamba, P.T., & Meerkov, S.M, Quasilinear Control, February 2011, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9781107000568

Ching, S. & Ritt. J., Control strategies for underactuated neural ensembles driven by optogenetic stimulation, Frontiers in Neural Circuits, Vol. 7, No. 54, Apr 2013

Ching, S., Brown, E.N. & Kramer, M.A., Distributed control in a mesoscale cortical network model: Implications for seizure suppression, Physical Reviews E, Vol. 86, Issue 2, pp 021920, Aug 2012

Ching, S., Purdon, P.L., Vijayan, S., Kopell, N.J., & Brown, E.N., A neurophysiological-metabolic model for burst-suppression, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 109 No. 8, p3095-3100, Feb 2012

Ching, S., Cimenser, A., Purdon, P.L., Brown, E.N., & Kopell, N.J., Thalamocortical model for a propofol-induced alpha rhythm associated with loss of consciousness, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 107, No. 52, pp 22665-22670, Dec 2010

Ching, S., Kabamba, P. T. & Meerkov, S. M., Simultaneous Design of Controllers and Instrumentation: ILQR/ILQG, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 55, Issue 1, Jan 2010 

Ching, S., Kabamba, P. T. & Meerkov, S. M., Root Locus for Random Reference Tracking in Systems With Saturating Actuators, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 54, Issue 1, Jan 2009

Ching, S., Kabamba, P. T. & Meerkov, S. M., Admissible Pole Locations for Tracking Random References, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume 54, Issue 1, Jan 2009

Selected Research
“Towards treatments in disorders of consciousness and new models of general anesthesia,” Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, Career Award at the Scientific Interface, 7/2012-2017
Contact ShiNung Ching
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1042
City/St/Zip St. Louis , MO 63130
Green Hall, Room 1120C
Phone (314) 935-6508
Fax (314) 935-7500
Email shinung@ese.wustl.edu
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PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
MASc, University of Toronto, 2005
BEng, McGill University, 2003

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

Green Hall, CB 1042, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5565, Fax: (314) 935-7500

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