2017 Brainhack DC

Naturalistic Viewing

District House, GW University, Washington DC      November 8 - 10, 2017

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Video capture from Inscapes by Tamara Vanderal and Tobias S. Hoffman. Publication: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.07.069


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Dates: November 8-10, 2017

Costs: $50 USD, includes continuous coffee

Location: District House, 2121 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Registration: Register Here

Housing: Group rates for hotels may be negotiated in the future.

Hotels near Brainhack DC include:

Courtyard by Marriot

Kimpton Hotel Monaco

The River Inn


Thanks to the generous support of the Child Mind Institute and the Neuro Bureau, funding is available for a limited number of students and postdocs to defray their costs for attending Brainhack DC 2017.

The award will cover approved costs up to $500.

To apply, email a one-page Brainhack project proposal and CV to brainhackorg@gmail.com.

Application deadline is November 1, 2017.

The organizing committee will determine the winners based on the merits of the submitted materials, as well as geographical, expertise and gender diversity. The winners will be encouraged to develop their project during the hackathon, notably using the brainhack slack ahead of the event.

Awards will be announced by email by November 7, 2017.

DC Data Viz

Join us for a special DC Data Viz hack on big neuroscience data sets! At this meetup, leaders from different projects produced in the Online Brain Intensive, where students from around the world worked together on large open brain data sets, will show their results. Any visualizations produced will be highlighted at the DC Brainhack, and online the Online Brain Intensive website. RSVP and you'll have access to all of this data and results matrix in advance!


Wednesday, November 8

09:00 - 09:30
Registration and Coffee
09:30 - 10:00
Welcome and Icebreakers
10:00 - 10:30
Emily Finn "Naturalistic tasks in fMRI: The fun, the fickle, the frustrating"
10:30 - 11:00
Project Pitches
11:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch (on your own)
14:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:30
Brian Russ "Naturalistic viewing in non-human primates"
16:30 - 18:00
Unconference #1
18:00 - 19:00
Dinner on your own
19:00 - 22:00
Continued Hacking

Thursday, November 9

09:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:00
Sam Nastase "Aligning fine-grained functional topographies across individuals"
10:00 - 11:00
Unconference #2
11:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch (on your own)
14:00 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:30
Alejandro de la Vega "NeuroScout: A cloud-based platform for flexible re-analysis of naturalistic fMRI datasets (video)"
16:30 - 19:00
Unconference #3
19:00 - 21:00
Data Viz Challenge: Online Brain Intensive (Sudhouse DC)

Friday, November 10

09:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:00
Tamara Vanderwall "Using naturalistic viewing to improve compliance of hyperkinetic populations while neuroimaging"
10:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch (on your own)
13:00 - 15:00
15:00 - 17:00
Project wrap-ups, hackathon retrospective.

Official Data of Brainhack DC:

The Healthy Brain Network Serial Scanning Intiative

13 adult participants (ages: 21-42) repeatedly scanned under each of four scan conditions across 12 sessions: 1) rest, 2) naturalistic viewing of a sequence of abstract shapes (i.e., "Inscapes", Vanderwal, 2015), 3) naturalistic viewing of highly engaging movies (Betti, 2013), 4) performance of an active task (i.e., an Erickson flanker task with no-Go trials included)

For each of the non-rest conditions, three different stimuli were used repeated four times across the 12 sessions to allow for consideration of repetition effects.

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