[Neuroinfo] Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon

Yiyin Zhou yiyin at ee.columbia.edu
Wed Dec 30 17:09:40 CET 2015

Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon 2016
FFBH 2016 <http://www.bionet.ee.columbia.edu/hackathons/ffbh/2016>March 17,
2016Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

The goal of the hackathon is to bring together researchers interested in
developing executable models of the fruit fly brain. Towards that end we
will engage systems and computational neuroscientists in modeling, design,
implementation and biological validation of an open-source emulation
platform of the whole fruit fly brain. All hackathon participants will be
provided with an Amazon Machine Image of the recently developed open-source
Neurokernel <http://neurokernel.github.io/> platform for executable fruit
fly brain circuits.

The hackathon is aimed at three main groups of participants: biologists,
modelers and software engineers. For biologists, the hackathon focuses on
the intuitive modeling and representation of biological data, such as
anatomical and recordings data of the fruit fly brain, in the NeuroArch
<http://neurokernel.github.io/docs.html> database. For modelers, the
hackathon aims at creating/modifying models of neuropils that are compliant
with the Neurokernel API <http://neurokernel.github.io/docs.html>. For
software engineers, the hackathon focuses on improving the Neurokernel
<http://neurokernel.github.io/> platform and its API, and developing new,
proof-of-concept features that are needed by biologists and modelers alike.
All hackathon participants will be strongly encouraged to collaborate
towards the realization of executable fruit fly brain models.

The Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon is organized in conjunction with the Columbia
Workshop on Brain Circuit, Memory and Computation
<http://www.bionet.ee.columbia.edu/workshops/bcmc/2016> on March 18-19,
2016. Participants of the hackathon are welcome to attend the workshop.

Registration is free but all participants have to register
<https://fruit-fly-brain-hackathon16.eventbrite.com/> (

Paul Richmond, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield
Adam Tomkins, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering,
University of Sheffield
Nikul Ukani, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
Yiyin Zhou, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

More information can be found on the hackathon website:
Best Regards,

Yiyin Zhou,
on behalf of the organizers
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