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Prof. Marcello Rosa
Professor
Department of Physiology Monash University

In addition to leading a productive laboratory, Professor Rosa is also the Deputy Head of the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF) and the head of Monash BDI’s Neuroscience Program. The CIBF is an ARC-funded multidisciplinary program across six Australian Universities, one Medical Research Institute and eight international partner organisations, focused on research at the interface between Neuroscience, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. He is in charge of major international alliances, as well as coordination of the "Neural Circuits" research theme.Professor Rosa was the Head of the preclinical division of the Monash Vision Group (BionicEye) (2010-2014), created following a successful bid to the ARC’s Special Research Initiative on Bionic Vision and Technology.  Professor Rosa also holds an adjunct appointment at the RIKEN Centre for Brain Science (Japan; formerly Brain Science Institute) since 2016. Read more

Prof. Maryann Martone
Professor Emerita
University of California, San Diego, USA

Prof. Maryann Martone received her BA from Wellesley College in Biological Psychology and Ancient Greek and her Ph. D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. She is a professor Emerita at UCSD, but still maintains an active laboratory and currently serves as the Chair of the University of California Academic Senate Committee on Academic Computing and Communications. She started her career as a neuroanatomist, specializing in light and electron microscopy, but her main research for the past 15 years focused on informatics for neuroscience. She led the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience, and the NIDDK Information Network (dknet), a portal for connecting researchers in digestive, kidney and metabolic disease to data, tools, and materials. She just completed 5 years as Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Behavior, an open access journal, and has just launched a new journal as Editor in Chief, NeuroCommons, with BMC. Dr. Martone is past President of FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship. She completed two years as the chair of the Council on Training, Science and Infrastructure for the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility and is now the chair of the Governing Board.

Michael Hawrylycz
Investigator
Allen Institute for Brain Science

Mike Hawrylycz joined the Allen Institute in 2003. He is responsible for the direction of the data analysis and annotation effort. Hawrylycz has worked in a variety of applied mathematics and computer science areas, addressing challenges in consumer and investment finance, electrical engineering and image processing, and computational biology and genomics. Hawrylycz received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He subsequently was a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Research and Applications Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read more

Dr. Jean-Baptiste Poline
Associate Professor
McGill University

Dr Jean-Baptiste (JB) Poline is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill; the co-Chair of the NeuroHub and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee for the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP) at the Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital (the NEURO); and a Primary Investigator at the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health. Among its early pioneers, Dr Poline is a leading researcher in the fields of fMRI, imaging genetics research, and the neuroinformatics technologies that make a big-data approach to neuroscience possible. Through his research, he has developed several novel data-analysis techniques in statistical modeling and inference for functional brain imaging (fMRI, PET) with applications to large imaging genetic datasets. Read more

Prof. Gary Egan
Professor
Monash University

Prof. Gary Egan is the Foundation Director of the Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) research facilities and a Distinguished Professor in the Monash University Institute for Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences. The MBI research infrastructure includes a 3 Tesla MR scannerand a simultaneous MR-PET scannerfor human research, and ultrahigh field 9.4 Tesla MRIand numerous other scanners for preclinical research. The MBI facilities are located adjacent to and connected with the Australian Synchrotron Imaging and Medical Beam Line, which together are the only integrated synchrotron imaging and multi-modality (MRI/PET/SPECT) biomedical imaging research facility worldwide. Read more

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maass
Professor
Institute of Theoretical Computer Science, Technische Universität Graz

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maass holds a Phd (1974) and Habilitation (1978) in Mathematics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. From 1979 to 1984, he conducted research at MIT, the University of Chicago, and UC Berkeley, as a Heisenberg Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he served as an Associate Professor and Full Professor. Since 1991, he has been Professor of Computer Science at the Graz University of Technology in Austria, where he became Head of the Institute für Grundlagen der Informationsverarbeitung (Institute for Theoretical Computer Science) in 1992. Maas was a Sloan Fellow at the Computational Neurobiology Lab of the Salk Institute in La Jolla and a Visiting Professor at the Brain-Mind Institute at EPFL. Since 2005, he has been an Adjunct Fellow of the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies (FIAS). Maass was a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Neural Network Society, and has been a Member of the Academia Europaea since 2013. He has been the Editor of Machine LearningArchive for Mathematical Logic, and Biological Cybernetics (2006-present). Maass has served on the editorial boards of Machine LearningNeurocomputing, and Cognitive Neurodymamics (2006-present). Read more

Sanmi Koyejo
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sanmi Koyejo an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Koyejo's research interests are in developing the principles and practice of adaptive and robust machine learning. Additionally, Koyejo focuses on applications to neuroscience and biomedical imaging. Koyejo completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin advised by Joydeep Ghosh and completed postdoctoral research at Stanford University with a focus on developing machine learning techniques for neuroimaging data. His postdoctoral research was primarily with Russell A. Poldrack and Pradeep Ravikumar. Koyejo has been the recipient of several awards including a best paper award from the conference on uncertainty in artificial intelligence (UAI), a Kavli Fellowship, an IJCAI early career spotlight, and a trainee award from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM). Koyejo serves on the board of the Black in AI organization.

Marta Garrido
Associate Professor In Psychology
University of Melbourne

Dr. Marta Garrido leads the Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational Psychiatry Laboratory at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne and is Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function. Dr Garrido received her PhD in 2008 from University College London under the supervision of Professor Karl Friston.

Dr Benjamin Fulcher
Senior Lecturer, Neurophysics
University of Sydney

Ben Fulcher is a Senior Lecturer in Neurophysics at The University of Sydney. His research uses physical brain modeling, dynamical systems, genetics, and statistical machine learning approaches to understand principles of brain organization and function in terms of underlying physical mechanisms. Read more

Linda Douw
Assistant Professor
Amsterdam University Medical Centre

Linda Douw is a clinical neuropsychologist with a strong interest in network neuroscience. She investigates the brain network on multiple scales and with several imaging modalities, such as magnetoencephalography, functional MRI and diffusion MRI. She is particularly invested in advancing our understanding or cognitive decline in patients with brain tumors, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, and applies computational methodologies to do so. Linda currently holds an assistant professor position at Amsterdam UMC (The Netherlands), but also spends some of her time at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston (USA). Read more

Nicole Pfeiffer
Director of Product
Center for Open Science

Nicole Pfeiffer is versatile product manager with proven leadership success in developing product strategy with key stakeholders and internal leadership, creating detailed product launch plans, collaborating with engineering teams on implementation, negotiating features and timelines, interlacing marketing and community outreach teams throughout product planning, and completing successful launch of new projects with iterative improvement and maintenance cycles through feedback and analytics.

Jérôme Lecoq, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, Optical Physiology
Allen Institute

Jérôme Lecoq joined the Allen Institute in 2015 to lead efforts in mapping cortical computation using in vivo two-photon microscopy in behaving animals. He brings 10 years of experience in in vivo microscopy working with rodents. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, Lecoq was a postdoctoral scholar in Mark Schnitzer’s group at Stanford University, where he developed novel imaging methodologies to monitor large neuronal populations in the visual cortex of behaving mice.  Lecoq received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and an M.S. in Physics from ESPCI ParisTech, a French multidisciplinary engineering school. Read more

Elizabeth Zavitz, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Monash University

Elizabeth Zavitz perform research across human behaviour, animal physiology, and computational models in order to study how neural circuits transform and represent the sensory information that guides our behaviour. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, specialising in cognitive science. For her doctoral work, she studied at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Elizabeth's research examined how models of early visual processing predict how we perceive complex, natural images. In her postdoctoral work at Monash University in Melbourne, she study how networks in early visual cortex represent naturalistic information. Read more

Anton Arkhipov, Ph.D.
Associate Investigator
Allen Institute

Anton Arkhipov joined the Allen Institute in 2013 as an assistant investigator in the Modeling, Analysis, and Theory group. He is leading efforts to carry out biophysically detailed simulations of individual neurons as well as large-scale neuronal circuits from the mouse visual system. The main focus of his research is on integration of experimental anatomical and physiological data to build sophisticated, highly realistic computational models of cortical circuitry, with the aim of elucidating mechanisms underlying processing of visual information in the cortex. Before joining the Allen Institute he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at D. E. Shaw Research in New York City, where he used a specialized supercomputing architecture to perform computational studies of structure-function relationships in proteins, with the emphasis on cancer-associated cell-surface receptors. Arkhipov received his B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more