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  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019

PTI Seminar: A public cloud platform for large-scale data analysis, visualization, and sharing of reproducible neuroscience research

Featuring Franco Pestilli, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington.

Event details

  • Date & time
    Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Location
    Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB)
    Room: Wrubel Lobby - MPA
    IU - Bloomington

About this event

Abstract: Neuroscience is at the forefront of science by reaching across disciplinary boundaries and promoting transdisciplinary research. This is a process that, in principle, can facilitate discovery by convergent efforts from theoretical, experimental and cognitive neuroscience, as well as computer science and engineering. To ensure the success of this process mechanisms to guarantee reproducibility of scientific results must be established. Open software development and data sharing are therefore paramount in the quest to achieve reproducibility.

We present, a platform which addresses challenges of neuroscience reproducibility by providing integrative mechanisms for publishing data, and algorithms while embedding them with computing resources to impact multiple scientific communities.

We present three main technological results with broad impacts on neuroscience research and discovery. First, we demonstrate that platform can process brain data, publish algorithms as reproducible applications, and perform data-intensive computing on clouds. Second, we present novel algorithms for mapping brain networks using clouds. These algorithms will enhance discovery by leveraging the online platform for data-intensive processing of large datasets. Third, we publish test-retest brain datasets and derived data (processed), such as connectome matrices, multi-parameters tractography models, cortical segmentation and functional maps. These datasets can be used as a reference or to develop algorithms for functional mapping, anatomical computing, and optimization.

The platform represents a unique method and technology for publishing the full set of scientific research assets in a study comprising data and analyses code as well as all provenance information, embedded in a series of reproducible, open cloud platform web-services that allow collaborative tracking of the scientific process. We demonstrate that the core platform can integrate previously published data, and analyses to reproduce major published results in neuroscience. To promote open neuroscience, allows scientists to publish data and reproducible analyses with seamless access to national supercomputers.

In sum, the platform provides access to algorithms, data, and computing resources to trainees and faculty nationwide. The entire platform and all technologies developed with it are freely available and open-source in order to contribute to the wide community of users and researchers in the neurosciences..


Franco Pestilli is Assistant Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. He is also associated with the Indiana University programs in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience and holds adjunct positions at the Indiana University School of Optometry, Department of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems Engineering.

Franco Pestilli bio.

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