2009-10 Special Focus Series: Statistical Methods in Neuroscience
Department of Statistics
Columbia University

Organisers: Martin Lindquist and Liam Paninski

NEWS

09/01/10 - On Friday September 24, 2010 we are organizing a half-day workshop entitled "Brain 'decoding': Classifying and predicting mental states from brain activity". See the workshop webpage for more information and to register.

01/11/10 - On Friday January 15th Stephen Strother from the Rotman Research Institute will be giving a talk entitled 'Better BOLD fMRI across the Lifespan from Children to the Elderly'. The talk will be held between 11-12am in 903 School of Social Work. To see an abstract of the talk click here.

11/11/09 - On Friday November 20th Peter Molenaar from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State Universty will be giving a talk entitled 'New methods to estimate functional relationships between ROIs'. The talk will be held at noon in 1025 School of Social Work. To see an abstract of the talk click here.

09/09/09 - On Wednesday October 7th Irina Rish from IBM T. J. Watson Research Center will be giving a talk entitled 'Network-based Models for Mental State Prediction: from Functional Networks to Sparse MRFs'. The room is tba. To see an abstract of the talk click here.

08/10/09 - Slides and video recordings of the talks from the July workshop can be found on the following webpage.

06/10/09 - On Wednesday July 15 we will be organizing a half-day workshop entitled "Estimating Effects and Correlations in Neuroimaging Data". See the workshop webpage for more information and to register.

03/10/09 - On Tuesday April 14 we will be organizing a half-day workshop entitled "Time Series Analysis in Neuroscience". See the workshop webpage for more information and to register.

02/10/09 - Between Febuary 18-25 and March 4-13, Frank Wood from Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit will be visiting the department. For more information about Dr. Woods work please see his webpage. During his visit he will be giving a lecture. We will post information about it as soon as it becomes available.


BACKGROUND

Statistics has become an integral part of neuroscience research. During 2009-10 the Department of Statistics at Columbia University is offering a special focus series dealing with Statistical Methods in Neuroscience. This special focus series hopes to highlight the contributions of statistics in neuroscience and help facilitate collaboration between researchers in the field.

EVENTS

Throughout the year the department will host a series of events. These events include:
  • A biweekly working group meeting on statistical methods in neuroscience.

  • A monthly seminar series.

  • A visitors program.
    • A series of two week visits for collaboration/short courses.

  • Teaching special topics courses.

  • A workshop on Statistical Challenges in NeuroImaging.

Please return to this page often for an updated schedule of events.

GETTING INVOLVED

We invite all interested parties both within and outside of the University to take part in the Special Focus Series. If you would like to take advantage of our visitors program please contact Martin Lindquist or Liam Paninski.

ABOUT THE SPECIAL FOCUS SERIES

The Department of Statistics at Columbia University offers an annual year-long special focus series covering various statistical topics. This series may include a visitors program, seminar series, wrap-up workshop and a journal special issue. The goal of the series is promote interdisciplinary research on campus and more broadly.