Big Data in Neuroinformatics and INCF

Tarih: 23.02.2016
Yer: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Kandilli Kampüsü BME Binası AZ-19

~~Big Data in Neuroinformatics
 and INCF Linda LANYON, PhD 
Executive Director,
International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility,
Karolinska Institute,  Stockholm, Sweden

About the Seminar:
The amount of data that can be generated in a typical neuroscience lab grows at an amazing rate. But our collected knowledge about the brain lags behind, since condensing all these data sets into a coherent picture is an increasingly complex task. That is why neuroscience needs neuroinformatics; the collaboration between neuroscientists and computer scientists to make both new and old neuroscience data more accessible and more useful to the research community, and to advance our understanding of the brain at a much faster rate than previously possible. International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) develops collaborative neuroinformatics infrastructure and promotes the sharing of data and computing resources to the international research community. The mission is to facilitate the work of neuroscientists around the world, and to catalyze and coordinate the global development of neuroinformatics. The aim is also to foster scientific interaction through information flow within our global network; valuate neuroinformatics activities and infrastructures; and to facilitate training in Neuroinformatics.

 About the Speaker:
Dr. Linda received a BSc (Hons) degree in computing and informatics and obtained a PhD in computational neuroscience from University of Plymouth, UK. Her computational modeling work involved simulating cortical neuronal responses and network dynamics that generate healthy and pathological visual attentional behaviours in humans and monkeys. Her postdoctoral fellowship was spent in a clinically-oriented vision laboratory at The University of British Columbia, Canada. There she developed her modelling work further in the pathological domain, producing models of visual hemineglect and hemianopia. She also extended her research into the empirical realm using eye tracking techniques and MRI neuroimaging, specifically diffusion tensor imaging, to understand the networks involved in human visual perception in health and disease. Her research interests include general neuroinformatics, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, large scale modeling and clinical neuroscience.
Dr Lanyon held the voluntary position of Director of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology during 2008-2011. She joined the INCF Secretariat as Program Officer in November 2011 and became Head of Programs in April 2012. She was appointed as INCF Executive Director in December 2013.