[Comp-neuro] Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon 2018

Yiyin Zhou yiyin at ee.columbia.edu
Mon Feb 19 17:01:01 CET 2018

Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon 2018
FFBH 2018 <http://fruitflybrain.org/hackathons>March 14, 2018Columbia
University, New York, NY 10027

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon (FFBH 2018).
This hackathon will be focused on open neurophysiology data
(electrophysiology, imaging, etc.) of, but not limited to, the fruit fly

The hackathon will be focused on the following topics:

   1. Promoting *Neurodata Without Board* (NWB) as a standard format for
   storing and sharing neurophysiology data in general, and extend it to
   standardize the storage and distribution of fruit fly brain
   electrophysiology and calcium imaging data,
   2. *Queryable* neurophysiology data: organizing neurophysiology data and
   metadata in a database to make them easily queryable, and developing
   comprehensive querying tools accordingly,
   3. Incorporating queried neurophysiology data into computational study.

The goals are to:

   1. create a common language for sharing open neurophysiology data,
   2. speed up pattern search in the data that can often be tedious and
   inefficient to do manually,
   3. drive the creation of computational models and the validation of them
   using open data.

The hackathon is aimed at three main groups of participants:
neurobiologists, modelers and software engineers. We welcome researchers
working on the fruit fly brain as well as those working on other model
organisms to participate and broaden the discussion in the hackathon.

The Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon 2018 is organized in conjunction with the
Columbia Workshop on Brain Circuit, Memory and Computation on March 15-16,
2018. Participants of the hackathon are welcome to attend the workshop.

Registration is free but all participants have to register
<https://ffbh2018.eventbrite.com/> (*https://ffbh2018.eventbrite.com/

Adam Tomkins, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering,
University of Sheffield
Nikul Ukani, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
Chung-Heng Yeh, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
Yiyin Zhou, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

More information can be found on the hackathon website:

Best Regards,

Yiyin Zhou,
on behalf of the organizers

Yiyin Zhou
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Bionet Group: www.bionet.ee.columbia.edu
Department of Electrical Engineering
Columbia University
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