SIGGRAPH 2010: Los Angeles

posted Jun 8, 2010, 10:23 PM by Stephen Larson   [ updated Aug 14, 2010, 6:17 PM ]

I'm speaking at the "Biomedical Applications" course and related panel at the SIGGRAPH 2010 conference in Los Angeles on July 26th.  The slides are available online.

Bio Ontologies workshop in Boston

posted Jun 8, 2010, 10:21 PM by Stephen Larson   [ updated Jul 26, 2010, 3:38 AM ]

I presented a poster on the project in Boston, July 9th and 10th as part of the Bio Ontologies workshop. I've attached my poster from that session to this page.

UCSD Neurosciences Spring Retreat talk: Multi-scale computational models for neuroanatomy

posted Jun 8, 2010, 10:09 PM by Stephen Larson

I got to speak at the UCSD Neurosciences Spring Retreat on May 22nd, 2010!  I hope to post this talk online soon.

Multiscale approaches to understanding neural plasticity @ ASU - 03/03/2010

posted Feb 9, 2010, 5:25 PM by Stephen Larson

I am attending and speaking at a symposium called "Multiscale approaches to understanding neural plasticity" being hosted by the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems at Arizona State University.  In addition, I am attending and presenting at "The future of multiscale modeling", the second annual NeuroML workshop, co-localized with the symposium.  This looks like a great event and I am excited about it!

INCF Program on Ontologies for Neuronal Structures (PONS) meeting - 01/26/2010

posted Feb 9, 2010, 5:16 PM by Stephen Larson   [ updated Feb 9, 2010, 5:24 PM ]

As part of my work for the INCF's Program on Ontologies for Neuronal Structures, I attended a workshop in Boston, MA from 1/26/2010 to 1/30/2010, working with various scientists in Neuroinformatics to establish standards for the representation of neurons and brain regions.   

American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting - 12/05/2009

posted Aug 26, 2009, 2:40 PM by Stephen Larson

I was invited to give a 20-30 minute talk at the American Society for Cell Biology's 49th annual meeting this December, in a special interest subgroup.  Here's the session title and abstract:

Exploring Cell Biology at the Frontier of 3D Visualization

Cell biology reveals the complex choreography of cells and molecules, but most of this science is too small to be directly observed or takes place at dynamic rates beyond our normal perception of time. 3D visualization of cells and molecules has become an increasingly important component of exploring and communicating biological mechanisms to the public, students and scientific peers.  Dynamic visualizations, such as animations, are able to synthesize diverse structural, dynamic and locational data derived from a variety of research sources and data sets , and can thus act as a visual hypothesis for a particular molecular or cellular process.  Beyond the bench, 3D visualizations are powerful tools that are being used in classrooms and in the mass media to educate and entertain.

I'll be speaking alongside a really amazing group of people:

Jonathan Alberts, Friday Harbor Labs []
Drew Berry, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute []
Adrian Elcock, University of Iowa []
David Goodsell, Scripps []
Janet Iwasa, Harvard Medical School []
Graham Johnson (Art Olson lab), Scripps [
Gael McGill, Harvard Medical School [

Society for Neuroscience 2009 - 10/17/2009

posted Aug 15, 2009, 12:09 PM by Stephen Larson   [ updated Oct 21, 2009, 7:17 AM ]

I will be presenting and the Whole Brain Catalog at the 39th annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago, IL.  

SfN's annual meeting provides the world's largest forum for neuroscientists to debut research and network with colleagues from around the world.

Some feedback from the event:

Neuroinformatics 2009 - 09/06/2009

posted Aug 15, 2009, 12:00 PM by Stephen Larson   [ updated Aug 15, 2009, 12:19 PM ]

I'll be attending the 2nd Annual Congress of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility in Pilsen, Czech Republic this September.

At the congress, I'll be presenting a poster on, as well as demonstrating a tool useful for visualizing data inside a new standard mouse brain coordinate system, the Waxholm space.

I'll arrive early and leave late to the conference in order to server on several INCF task forces, including the Program on Ontologies of Neural Structures and the Digital atlasing task force.

Ignite San Diego - 8/12/2009

posted Aug 15, 2009, 11:52 AM by Stephen Larson   [ updated Aug 16, 2009, 11:29 AM ]

Ignite San Diego has the following premise:

If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds?

I gave the following talk:

STEPHEN LARSON - Reverse engineering the brain, online
Neuroscience is undergoing a revolution in information technology. New online tools bridging neuroscience and computer science have the potential to bring scientists, students, educators, and even the public together to reverse-engineer the structure and function of the brain. This talk will provide a brief overview of this trend and what can be expected coming down the road.

The talk was well received.  An attendee blogged about it:

Larson is a Ph.D candidate in Neuroscience at UCSD and discussed the potential of combining both neuroscience and computer science to provide the academic and public communities with more information and a better understanding of the human brain. As soon as he mentioned developing a “Google Map of the Brain,” I was sold.

On Sunday, August 16th, my presentation was made a featured presentation on the front page of SlideShare!

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