‘Big data’ research gets boost from National Science Foundation

Angie Laird reviews brain scans with students from her Neuroinformatics and Brain Connectivity Lab. FIU physicist Angie Laird is leading a team of researchers embarking on a new phase of the National Science Foundation’s BRAIN Initiative. NSF has awarded 18 grants totaling $17 million to multidisciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct frontier research focused on neural and cognitive systems. Laird’s project, titled the Automated Text Harvesting and Exploration of Neuroimaging Annotations (ATHENA) Resource, is designed to allow enhanced access to cognitive neuroscience knowledge that is currently locked in journal text. “A number of important neuroinformatics resources already exist, including neuroimaging data repositories, crowd-sourcing knowledge-bases, standardized ontologies and terminologies, and meta-analytic repositories,” Laird said. “However, there is little interaction and limited sharing of knowledge across platforms. This project will develop algorithms and approaches for more efficient knowledge extraction from…


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