Workshop 5: Optimizing the use of connectomic data to drive data science and scientific discovery

MARCH 31, 2021

Goal: To identify the current state of the art, challenges and opportunities in the analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of brain connectomic data. This workshop will focus on new analysis methods for partial, full and multiple connectomes emerging from a number of model systems, in addition to the problem of making connectomic data accessible to the community.

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11:00 am ET

Welcome and Series Overview
John Ngai and Harriet Kung

11:10 am ET

Welcome and Introduction
Workshop Co-leads: Mala Murthy and Joshua T. Vogelstein

11:25 am ET

Workshop Logistics

11:30 am ET

Speaker Sessions

Each speaker will address seven questions:

  1. What scientific breakthroughs have analyses of connectomes already enabled?
  2. What current methods for analyses of connectomes are most promising?
  3. What new types of analyses (not developed yet) are needed to make progress and enable scientific breakthroughs?
  4. How do we integrate analyses across scales (from nano to micro to meso)?
  5. How do we integrate connectomic data with functional data?
  6. What types of data and analyses are needed to make interesting comparisons between connectomes?
  7. What kinds of infrastructure are needed to make connectomic data and analyses widely available to the neuroscience community?

11:30 am ET

Speaker Session 1 – Analysis of Partial and Full Connectomes

11:30 am ET

Greg Jefferis

11:40 am ET

Srini Turaga

11:50 am ET

Eva Dyer

12:00 pm ET

Hannah Haberkern

12:05 pm ET

Neural network organization for courtship song feature detection in Drosophila
Christa Baker

12:10 pm ET

When a simple connectome reveals more than meets the eye: the invertebrate basal chordate, Ciona intestinalis
Kerrianne Ryan

12:15 pm ET

Albert Lin

12:20 pm ET

Ashwin Viswanathan

12:25 pm ET

Q&A Session

12:45 pm ET


12:55 pm ET

Speaker Session 2 – Analysis of Multiple Connectomes

12:55 pm ET

Mei Zhen

1:05 pm ET

Marta Zlatic

1:15 pm ET

Jesús Arroyo

1:25 pm ET

How to optimize data aggregation to improve the reliability of functional connectome
Ting Xu

1:35 pm ET

Benjamin Pedigo

1:45 pm ET

Q&A Session

2:05 pm ET


2:15 pm ET

Session 3 – Making Connectomic Data Acessible to the Community

2:15 pm ET

Will Gray-Roncal

2:20 pm ET

Albert Cardona

2:25 pm ET

Sven Dorkenwald

2:30 pm ET

Exploring connectomes at varying levels of detail
Stephen Plaza

2:35 pm ET

Alexander Ropelewski

2:40 pm ET

William O’Mullane

2:50 pm ET

Q&A Session

3:10 pm ET


3:20 pm ET

Discussion Panel

Session Chairs: Mala Murthy, Joshua T. Vogelstein

Discussants: Carey E. Priebe, Sebastian Seung, Terry Sejnowski, Kim Stachenfeld, Alex Szalay, Rachel Wilson

4:20 pm ET

Workshop ends