Session: E. Informatics III: Visualization
Will talk about: Massive Scale Neuroinformatics
Bio: Hanchuan Peng (http://penglab.com) leads a group of computational neuroanatomy and smart imaging at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. His current research focuses on bioimage analysis and large-scale informatics, as well as computational biology. Before joining the Allen Institute, Peng was the head of a computational bioimage analysis lab at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus. He is also an affiliate professor with University of Washington (USA), an adjunct professor with University of Georgia (USA), Southeast University (China) and Shanghai University (China), etc.
Peng is the inventor of a number of algorithms and software/hardware systems, including Vaa3D, BrainAligner, NeuronTracers, SmartScope, mRMR, 3D Virtual Finger, SmartACT, TeraFly,etc. Peng's recent work includes developing novel and very efficient algorithms for 3D and high-dimensional image analysis and data mining, building single-neuron whole-brain level 3-D digital atlases for model animals, and Vaa3D (http://vaa3d.org), which is a high-performance visualization-assisted analysis system for large 3D/multi-dimensional biological and biomedical-image datasets. He built the first neuron stereotypy map of a fruit fly brain, co-developed the first single cell resolution 3D digital maps of C elegans, led one of the largest studies to-date on 3D brain image registration and standardization, and is the lead for a major international collaboration project “BigNeuron” (http://bigneuron.org). He was also the inventor of the widely cited minimum-Redundancy Maximum-Relevance (mRMR) feature/variable selection methods in machine learning and data mining.
Peng was a recipient of Cozzarelli Prize (2013), which "recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences (USA)". He also received other awards including DIADEM Challenge award (2010), etc. Peng also received other research awards such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing grant, etc. His work has been featured in Nature News, Science News, Science Magazine, NPR (National Public Radio), NBC, etc.
Peng was the founder of the annual Bioimage Informatics conferences (http://bioimageinformatics.org). He serves as the steering committee chairs for both the Bioimage Informatics conference and the Brain Informatics conference. He currently also serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the SpringerOpen journal Brain Informatics, and the Section Chief Editor of BMC Bioinformatics overseeing the section of imaging, bioimage analysis, and data visualization.