[Comp-neuro] Call for Participation: IEEE Brain Data Bank Competition – Boston

Sam Michalka samanthamichalka at gmail.com
Sun Nov 5 17:17:53 CET 2017

*Call for Participation: IEEE Brain Data Bank Competition – Boston*

The IEEE Brain Initiative is sponsoring several challenges and competitions
in 2017 to explore various brain/neuro datasets.

You are cordially invited to explore the data and register for this
competition in Boston on December 9th 9:45 AM – 4 PM.  For more information
about the event and how to register, please visit


Charles River Analytics
625 Mt. Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA, USA


* Seth Elkin-Frankston, Charles River Analytics
* Sam Michalka, Olin College of Engineering
* Wasim Q. Malik, Harvard/MIT

If you have questions, please contact bdb-boston at ieee.org


The aim of the competition is to bring a diverse group of individuals of
varying backgrounds and experience together to analyze, visualize, and
evaluate complex datasets. Competitors will have access to a multi-modal
dataset that will challenge individuals with varying backgrounds in data
science, computer science, biology, or neuroscience. Results will be
evaluated on analytic approach, visualization, and final presentation and


Datasets are provided by the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and
were collected as part of a broader intervention-based study designed to
test the effects of efficacy of interventions designed to enhance fluid
intelligence. This study was one of several funded as part of the
Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-solving (SHARP<
https://www.iarpa.gov/index.php/research-programs/sharp>) program at the
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA<
https://www.iarpa.gov/>). This specific intervention involved 48 training
sessions of an adaptive visuo-spatial and change detection task. We provide
both behavioral measures and neuroimaging data at pre- and
post-intervention time points. We also provide summary and session-level
descriptions of the training data collected during the intervention.

*Challenge Questions*

The goal of this challenge is to encourage thoughtful investigation and
discussion around enhancement of human intelligence and strategies for
rigorous investigation of these topics. Entries will be judged in three
categories: data analysis, data visualization, and presentation and
interpretation of findings.

Participants can investigate any question(s) about the data that they wish.
The following guiding questions are provided as a jumping off point:

* Can intervention training predict changes in pre- and post-intervention
* How do measures of brain connectivity and structure relate to performance
in intervention training?
* How do measures of brain connectivity and structure relate to pre- and
post-intervention performance?
* How well can we predict post-intervention performance? Beyond
pre-intervention performance, what factors serve as the best predictors?
* Do performance changes on the two training intervention tasks differ? How
do they each relate to changes in pre- and post-intervention performance
and/or imaging data?


Data is hosted by the IEEE Dataport<https://ieee-dataport.org/competitions/
ieee-brain-data-bank-competition-boston-ma>. To access IEEE Dataport, you
need to have an IEEE account. You do not need to be an IEEE member to
create an IEEE account, and you can use your own email address to create an
account and password. Click here to sign up for an IEEE account.<

The full dataset is 11.29GB. The dataset can be downloaded in full, or in
more manageable chunks separated as:

* Behavioral and analyzed fMRI/DTI data
* Structural T1 images
* Raw resting-state fMRI data (divided in 5 file groups)
* Raw DTI data

Please note that access from IEEE DataPort will be granted after you have
completed an access request.


Judges will include experts from Industry, Government, and Academia.

Entries will be judged in three categories:

* Data analysis including well-justified, innovative, and rigorous
* Data visualization including novel, highly informative, and aesthetically
appealing visualization techniques
* Presentation and interpretation of findings including clear, informative
delivery and compelling investigation and interpretation


IEEE Brain will sponsor cash awards. More details will follow.
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