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Brainhack 2013 “Ignite” Speakers

We have confirmed the following “IGNITE” speakers for Brainhack 2013:

Yves Burnod, PhD
Yves Burnod, PhD is a research director at INSERM (French national Institute for Health) with expertise in Mathematics (Ecole Polytechnique), Neuroscience, Neurocomputing and Brain Imaging. Dr. Burnod is a world-renowned computational neuroscientist, author and inventor. He was the founding director of several multidisciplinary laboratories (INSERM U 483, CNRS Cognitive Sciences Institute) with researchers and engineers spanning a variety of fields relating the brain and cognition, from both the basic and clinical neuroscience perspectives, and he has coordinated multidisciplinary European Projects associating Cognitive Neurosciences, Brain imaging, Neurocomputing and Robotics. Dr. Burnod is a strong proponent of the Brainhack and was instrumental in bringing it to Paris in 2013.


Jean Daunizeau, PhD
Jean Daunizeau, PhD is a junior group leader at l’Institut du Cerveau
et de la Moelle épinière (Paris, France)
and an honorary fellow at the Functional Imaging Laboratory of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (London, UK). Dr. Daunizeau has been a leader in thinking about how the brain implements perception, learning and decision making, both from a neurobiological and a computational (or algorithmic) perspective. His work has been influential both in terms of its contributions to understanding the brain and to the growing database of tools in neuroimaging.


Martin Lindquist, PhD
Martin Lindquist, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Lindquist has been a leader in thinking about the appropriateness of various statistical techniques for making inferences from functional neuroimaging data. He has authored over forty publications including those in very high-profile journals such as Neuron and New England Journal of Medicine.


Ziad Saad, PhD
Ziad Saad, PhD, is a staff scientist at the US National Institutes of Mental Health Statistical and Scientific Computing Core. During his career, he has made substantial contributions to the methods used to analyze and visualize structural and functional neuroimaging data. He is one of the primary developers of AFNI, which is one of the oldest and most successful open source software initiatives in neuroimaging neuroscience.


Gaël Varoquaux, PhDGaël Varoquaux, PhD, is a neuroimaging researcher with the Parietal team at INRIA at the Neurospin research center in Saclay, France. In addition to being a neuroimaging researcher, Dr. Varoquaux is the creator and primary developer of many highly successful open source software initiatives such as Mayavi, joblib, nipy, sci-kit learn, and pyreport. His most recent project, nilearn, is a repository of tutorials and demos for teaching neuroimagers how to apply sophisticated machine learning analyses to their data.


Xinian Zuo, PhDXinian Zuo, PhD, is a Distinguished Research Professor and the Associate Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center at theInstitute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing China. Dr. Zuo has made substantial contributions to establishing the reliability of resting state fMRI and proving its utility for psychiatric neuroimaging applications. He is a strong supporter of open science and is currently leading an 1000 Functional Connectomes Project (FCP)-based consortium to assemble and release a multisite test-retest dataset that will include resting state fMRI and structural MRI for over 1000 individuals, as well as, diffusion and arterial spin labeling MRI data, when available.