Visiting Speaker
Olaf Sporns
Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University; Co-Director, IUNI
Network Neuroscience: Mapping and Modeling Complex Brain Networks
Apr 7, 2017
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2:00 pm
177 Huntington Ave, 11th floor
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Modern neuroscience is in the middle of a transformation, driven by the development of novel high-resolution brain mapping and recording technologies that deliver increasingly large and detailed “big neuroscience data”. Network science has emerged as one of the principal approaches to model and analyze neural systems, from individual neurons to circuits and systems spanning the whole brain [1,2]. A core theme of network neuroscience is the comprehensive mapping of anatomical and functional brain connectivity, also called connectomics. In this presentation I will review current themes and future directions of network neuroscience [3], including comparative studies of brain networks across different animal species, investigation of prominent network attributes in human brains, and use of computational models to map information flow and communication dynamics. I will argue that network neuroscience represents a promising theoretical framework for understanding the complex structure, operations and functioning of nervous systems.

[1] Sporns, O. (2011) Networks of the Brain. MIT Press.

[2] Sporns, O. (2014) Contributions and challenges for network models in cognitive neuroscience. Nature Neuroscience 17, 652-660.

[3] Bassett, D.S. and Sporns, O. (2017) Network neuroscience. Nature Neuroscience 20, 353-364.

about the speaker
After receiving an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, Olaf Sporns earned a PhD in neuroscience at Rockefeller University and then conducted postdoctoral work at The Neurosciences Institute in New York and San Diego. Currently he is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington. His main research area is theoretical and computational neuroscience, with a focus on complex brain networks. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications as well as the recent books “Networks of the Brain” and “Discovering the Human Connectome”, both published by MIT Press. Sporns was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2011 and elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013.
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