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What: Virtual lecture series on topics across machine learning in medicine, featuring extensive Q & A and panel discussions

Why: To reduce academia’s carbon footprint, accommodate the schedules of the world’s top scientists and maintain social distancing

Who: All are welcome!

Where: Zoom Webinar

Recordings of previous talks can be found here

We are currently inviting speakers for Spring 2024! If you are interested or would like to nominate a speaker, please fill out this nomination form

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Anqi Wu, PhD
When: Friday, October 6th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
Title:  Understand the Brain Using Interpretable Machine Learning Models

Abstract: Computational neuroscience is a burgeoning field embracing exciting scientific questions, a deluge of data, an imperative demand for quantitative models, and a close affinity with artificial intelligence. These opportunities promote the advancement of data-driven machine learning methods to help neuroscientists deeply understand our brains. In particular, my work lies in such an interdisciplinary field and spans the development of scientifically-motivated probabilistic modeling approaches for neural and behavior analyses. In this talk, I will first present my work on developing Bayesian methods to identify latent manifold structures with applications to neural recordings in multiple cortical areas. The models are able to reveal the underlying signals of neural populations as well as uncover interesting topography of neurons where there is a lack of knowledge and understanding about the brain. Discovering such low-dimensional signals or structures can help shed light on how information is encoded at the population level, and provide significant scientific insight into the brain. Next, I will talk about probabilistic priors that encourage region-sparse activation for brain decoding. The proposed model provides spatial decoding weights for brain imaging data that are both more interpretable and achieve higher decoding performance. Finally, I will introduce a series of works on semi-supervised learning for animal behavior analysis and understanding. I will show that when we have a very limited amount of human-labeled data, the semi-supervised learning frameworks can well resolve the scarce data issue by leveraging both labeled and unlabeled data in the context of pose tracking, video understanding, and behavioral segmentation. By actively working on both neural and behavioral studies, I hope to develop interpretable machine learning and Bayesian statistical approaches to understanding neural systems integrating extensive and complex behaviors, thus providing a systematic understanding of neural mechanisms and biological functions.

Bio: Anqi Wu is an Assistant Professor at the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE), Georgia Institute of Technology. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computational and Quantitative Neuroscience and a graduate certificate in Statistics and Machine Learning from Princeton University. Anqi was selected for the 2018 MIT Rising Star in EECS, 2022 DARPA Riser, and 2023 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Her research interest is to develop scientifically-motivated Bayesian statistical models to characterize structure in neural data and behavior data in the interdisciplinary field of machine learning and computational neuroscience. She has a general interest in building data-driven models to promote both animal and human studies in the system and cognitive neuroscience.

Helen Zhou
When: Friday, October 13th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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Tom Hartvigsen, PhD
When: Friday, October 27th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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Lena Maier-Hein, PhD
When: Friday, November 10th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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Sara Mostafavi, PhD
When: Friday, November 17th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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Anant Madabhushi, PhD
When: Friday, Janurary 26th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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Jack Gallant, PhD
When: Friday, February 2nd, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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Zhi Huang, PhD
When: Friday, February 9th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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Paul Sajda, PhD
When: Friday, March 15th, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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April Khademi, PhD
When: Friday, March 22nd, 2023, 10am-11am EST
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