BlockSeminar "Algorithms for Brain Reading and Writing"
General Information
Erster Termin für Themenvergabe 
Thursday, 19th November 2015, 10:15 
Room 
4.033 
Trainers 
Stefan Haufe 
Contact 

Credits 
3 ECTS, Elective in the M.Sc. module "Machine Learning I" 
Description
Many results in modern neuroscience are derived from noninvasive neuroimaging data, most notably electrophysiology (electro and magnetoencephalography, EEG/MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In this seminar, we will review the main steps that are needed in order to eventually draw neurophysiological conclusions from such data ("brain reading"). The focus will be on algorithms and mathematical methods used to solve respective subproblems along the processing pipeline. The seminar will cover forward (data generating) models, inverse solutions, MRI segmentation and registration, statistical source separation as well as en and decoding approaches. As a side topic, we will also cover "brain writing" using transcranial current stimulation and algorithms for optimal targeting.
Each student is required to choose a particular topic from a predefined list of topics and to present it at the end of the semester. Basic knowledge in mathematical topics such as linear algebra, numerical optimization, and statistics are helpful for this course.