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Keynote announcement

Viktor Jirsa, PhD
Institut de Neurosciences des Systemès

Dr. Jirsa is one of the Lead Scientists in the Human Brain Project and The Virtual Brain and has published more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as co-edited several books including the Handbook of Brain Connectivity. Dr. Jirsa has made notable contributions to the understanding of how network structure constrains the emergence of functional dynamics using methods from nonlinear dynamic system theory and computational neuroscience.

Dr. Jirsa will be the keynote speaker for Session 4: Closing the discovery loop and digital twins.

Elisabeth Bik, PhD
Microbiome Digest

Microbiome specialist Elisabeth Bik is a Microbiome and Science Integrity consultant. She can often be found discussing science papers on Twitter at @MicrobiomDigest, writing for her blog ScienceIntegrityDigest or searching the biomedical literature for inappropriately duplicated or manipulated photographic images, plagiarized text, or poor study design and data analysis. Bik’s work has been featured in Nature, Science, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal, STAT News, and The Scientist.

Dr. Bik will be the keynote speaker for a special guest session.

Danilo Bzdok, MD, PhD
Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute

Dr Bzdok currently serves as Associate Professor at McGill's Faculty of Medicine and as Canada CIFAR AI Chair at Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, Montreal, Canada, including cross-appointments at the McConnell Brain Imaging Center, Montreal Neurological Institute, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health, and the School of Computer Science at McGill University. His interdisciplinary research activity centers on narrowing knowledge gaps in the brain basis of human-defining types of thinking, with a special focus on the higher association cortex in health.

Dr. Bzdok will be the keynote speaker for Session 3: Applications of AI to Neuroscience research.

Timo Dicksheid, PhD
Jülich Research Center

Contributing to the development of a highly detailed and openly accessible human brain atlas at cellular resolution, Dr. Dicksheid’s research interests are at the intersection of Computer Vision, Big Data Analytics, and Neuroinformatics. Dr. Dicksheid’s research group in Jülich investigates methods for extracting information from microscopic images, and reconstructing 3D brain models at the level of individual cells and nerve fibers. His team contributes to the development of EBRAINS through the Human Brain Project by building the technology for a highly detailed human brain atlas together with partners in different European research institutions.

Dr. Dicksheid will be the keynote speaker for Session 1: FAIR neuroscience.

Hanchuan Peng, PhD
SEU-ALLEN Joint Center

Dr. Peng is a fellow of IEEE and AIMBE. He is currently the Director of the SEU-ALLEN Joint Center. He is an inventor of many algorithms and software systems and an atlas-builder for many model systems at the single-cell resolution. His recent work was recognized among the Top-10 Annual Breakthroughs of Chinese Life Sciences (2021) and awarded a USA National Academy of Sciences’ Cozzarelli Prize (2013). Peng also founded the Bioimage Informatics conference series in 2005 and helped establish “bioimage informatics” as a widely recognized field. .

Dr. Peng will be the keynote speaker for Session 2: Technologies for large-scale computation and team science.