$150 – $375

Neurohacking 101: Brain Networks and Machine Learning

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Class in two sessions with an optional third session:

[optional] Python Boot Camp on Saturday, December 1 from 11am-2pm

Neurohacking 101 on Saturday, December 8th from 11am-5pm

Neurohacking 101 on Sunday, December 9th from 11am-5pm

Did you know you can learn a lot about the brain from as little as a half hour in an MRI scanner? And that there are tens of thousands of brain scans publicly available on the internet? MRI has revolutionized the way we see the brain and mind, and it is advancing at an incredible speed. This introductory course covers some of the most important techniques used in the analysis of MRI data, and you’ll learn plenty about neuroscience along the way!

In the first session, we’ll start by going over some of the neuroscience fundamentals, and talk about how they apply to brain networks. You’ll learn to use Python, a powerful general purpose open source programming language. You’ll get an introduction to working with powerful Python packages, including Nilearn, Nibabel, and Scikit Learn. You’ll pull brain data from servers, and analyze and visualize the brain networks in these open source data on your own laptop!

Day two, we'll learn about the major branches of machine learning and best practices in the field. You’ll learn how to perform different kinds machine learning on many kinds of data, tricks to improve prediction accuracy, and then you’ll see how to apply these machine learning techniques in MRI data too.

This is our fourth time offering this workshop at Genspace, and for the second time we've decided to include an optional Python Boot Camp. Python is an incredibly powerful and easy to learn all-purpose programming language. This short Python Boot Camp will be great for bringing your programming skills up to speed. Our goal is to give you exposure and training in the introductory Python skills you’ll need to do everything we’ll tackle in the Neurohacking 101 course. By the end of our training, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable writing code and debugging it yourself, and will be even more prepared to tackle Python with MRI data! This optional boot camp is a great course for people who haven’t programmed at all, or just never in Python. This would also be a great refresher course for people who already have a bit of experience but may feel rusty.

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Aki Nikolaidis, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. He uses machine learning techniques to map out the development of the brain circuits critical for emergence of executive function and attention in children and adolescents. His work also focuses on understanding the neural correlates of intelligence, and more broadly, he is interested in understanding how patterns of large-scale brain plasticity drive the development of generalized higher cognitive skills. Aki received his BA in Psychology from Yale University and PhD in Neuroscience from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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