Jun 15, 2021

Time:

Location: Virtual

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The 2021 BRAIN Initiative® Investigators Meeting will virtually convene BRAIN Initiative awardees, staff, and leadership from the contributing federal agencies (NIH, NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and FDA), plus representatives and investigators from participating non-federal organizations, and members of the media, public, and Congress. The purpose of this open meeting is to provide a forum for sharing exciting scientific developments and potential new directions and identifying areas for collaboration and research coordination. To learn more and register, please visit: https://www.brainmeeting2021.com/.

May 20, 2021

Time: 12:00pm ET

Location: Virtual

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group, which works to ensure a coordinated and focused effort on BRAIN across NIH, will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 20th, 2021. This meeting will include a joint session with the BRAIN Neuroethics Working Group. Videocast will be available for live viewing and later archived.

By: IEEE Brain

Click on the "Learn More" link to register! Speaker: Dr. Vince Calhoun, Founding Director, Tri-institutional Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science (TReNDS), Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Emory, Atlanta, GA. Abstract: The analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data can greatly benefit from flexible analytic approaches. In particular, the advent of data-driven approaches to identify whole-brain time-varying connectivity and activity has revealed a number of interesting relevant variation in the data which, when ignored, can provide misleading information. In this lecture I will provide a comparative introduction of a range of data-driven approaches to estimating time-varying connectivity. I will also present detailed examples where studies of both brain health and disorder have been advanced by approaches designed to capture and estimate time-varying information in resting fMRI data. I will review several exemplar data sets analyzed in different ways to demonstrate the complementarity as well as trade-offs of various modeling approaches to answer questions about brain function. Finally, I will review and provide examples of strategies for validating time-varying connectivity including simulations, multimodal imaging, and comparative prediction within clinical populations, among others. As part of the interactive aspect I will provide a hands-on guide to the dynamic functional network connectivity toolbox within the GIFT software, including an online didactic analytic decision tree to introduce the various concepts and decisions that need to be made when using such tools.

Jun 15, 2021

Time: 10:00am ET

Location: Virtual

By: IEEE Brain

Click on the "Learn More" link to register! Speaker: Julie Grollier, CNRS/Thales lab, Palaiseau, France. Abstract: In this talk, I aim to show that the dynamical properties of emerging nanodevices can accelerate the development of smart, and environmentally friendly chips that inherently learn through their physics. The goal of neuromorphic computing is to draw inspiration from the architecture of the brain to build low-power circuits for artificial intelligence. I will first give a brief overview of the state of the art of neuromorphic computing, highlighting the opportunities offered by emerging nanodevices in this field, and the associated challenges. I will then show that the intrinsic dynamical properties of these nanodevices can be exploited at the device and algorithmic level to assemble systems that infer and learn though their physics. I will illustrate these possibilities with examples from our work on spintronic neural networks that communicate and compute through their microwave oscillations, and on an algorithm called Equilibrium Propagation that minimizes both the error and energy of a dynamical system.

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The BRAIN Neuroethics Working Group (NEWG) is a group of experts in neuroethics and neuroscience that serves to provide the NIH BRAIN Initiative with input relating to neuroethics. The twelfth meeting of the NEWG will be on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Videocast will be available for live viewing and later archived.

By: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group, which works to ensure a coordinated and focused effort on BRAIN across NIH, will hold a meeting on Friday, August 20th, 2021. Videocast will be available for live viewing and later archived.