AKNOWLEDGEMENT

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Dr Vasiliki N. Ikonomidou earned the Diploma in Engineering (MSc) degree and the PhD in Electrical Engineering Her PhD thesis focused on the development of excitation techniques for magnetic resonance tagging. She has been with George Mason University, where she is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the MRI Physicist of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Ikonomidou has co-authored 19 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is a member of ISMRM and IEEE.

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Dr. Laurence Bray received her B.S. degree in biological sciences and M.S. degree in bioengineering from Clemson University, SC in 2004 and 2005, respectively. She received her Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 2010. She then gained more research and teaching experience as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of computer science and engineering at UNR. She has recently started a new appointment as a research assistant professor in the department of bioengineering at George Mason University. Her main interests are brain modeling, real-time systems, and virtual neurorobotics. She has worked on several projects funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and her research contributions are covered in multiple recent journal and conference publications.