Dr. Randy McIntosh is vice-president of Research at Baycrest and director of Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. Dr. McIntosh is a pioneer in the study of how different parts of the brain work together to bring about the wide range of human mental operations. He is leading a team of international scientists on the development of The Virtual Brain (thevirtualbrain.org), which has the potential to revolutionize how clinicians assess and treat various brain disorders, including cognitive impairment caused by stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. The computerized model will deliver the first real, usable and open simulation of the human brain. For researchers, surgeons, neuroscientists and therapists, The Virtual Brain promises improved patient outcomes by letting clinicians simulate cognitive interventions – right from a Web browser.
Dr. Janaina Mourao-Miranda is a Professorial Research Associate and Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at the Computer Science Department, UCL and at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. Her research focuses on developing and applying machine-learning models to investigate complex relationships between neuroimaging data and multidimensional descriptions of mental health disorders. More specifically, her research group investigates the following questions: can we learn about underlying brain mechanisms of mental disorders from these relationships? Can we better stratify patient groups based on these relationships? Can we combine information from clinical assessments with different neuroimaging modalities to build better diagnostic and prognostic models of mental health disorders?
Note: Janaina will be presenting remotely, rather than attending PRNI in person.
Dr. Rajeev Raizada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, and also a member of the university's Center of Excellence in Data Science. His research uses pattern recognition algorithms to investigate the structure of neural representations in the human brain, concentrating especially on visual object recognition and linguistic meaning. More information about the research in his lab can be found at http://raizadalab.org and on Twitter at @RaizadaLab.
Dr. Irina Rish is a researcher at the AI Foundations department of IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She received MS in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Gubkin Institute, Russia, and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. Her areas of expertise include artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a particular focus on probabilistic graphical models, sparsity and compressed sensing, active learning, and their applications to various domains, ranging from diagnosis and performance management of distributed computer systems ("autonomic computing") to predictive modeling and statistical biomarker discovery in neuroimaging and other biological data. Irina has published over 60 research papers, several book chapters, two edited books, and a monograph on Sparse Modeling, taught several tutorials and organized multiple workshops at machine-learning conferences, including NIPS, ICML and ECML. She holds 24 patents and several IBM awards. As an adjunct professor at the EE Department of Columbia University, she taught several advanced graduate courses on statistical learning and sparse signal modeling.