CMU Students Will Forgo Sleep To Hack The Brain At First Ever Neurohackathon

Graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University will spend 24 hours this week trying to “hack” the brain using big data. As part of CMU’s first Neurohacakathon, students will be looking for patterns in large datasets culled from experiments conducted across campus. “(The datasets are) quite varied, from gene expression to cell activity to electrical activity to functional anatomy,” said Alison Barth, professor of biological sciences and interim director of the university’s multi-disciplinary brain research center, BrainHub. Barth said many people think of neuroscience as dependent on imaging and working directly with neurons, but that CMU has a much broader definition of brain science. “It involves people who are experts in statistical analysis of neural data, robotics, computer science and network analysis, deep learning (and) algorithmic approaches to understanding how we…


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