Big Data Neuroscience 2018 Workshop: Organized by the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN)

Big Data Neuroscience Workshop 2018: Organized by the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN)

September 6 - 7, 2018
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

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What An Interactive Workshop for Big Data Analytics in Neuroscience
Where Thwing Center
10900 Euclid Avenue
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106-7101 USA
Dates Thursday, September 6, 2018 – Friday, September 7, 2018
Accommodation The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland
See the Lodging and Travel section
Travel Scholarships More than 50 travel scholarships offered! Please apply here
See the Travel Scholarship section
Working Groups Official working group themes may be announced before the conference.
Participants are also encouraged to self-organize working groups, such as those that focus on specific Big Neuroscience Data challenges, resources, translational education activities, and collaborative opportunities.


Organizers: A team of transdisciplinary investigators from the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN), including:

Objectives: The ACNN 2018 workshop will continue our work on the development of common practices and standardization to make it easier for neuroscience researchers to annotate and process data; to share data, tools and protocols, and to work with distributed high-performance computing environments. The workshop will bring together members of the Midwest, national, and the global neuroscience research community to promote data reuse, aggregation, result validation and new discoveries in neuroscience.


Big Data Neurosciences Workshop 2018

Organized by the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network and supported by the National Science Foundation

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

7:30 AM Thwing Center Registration opens
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Thwing Center Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Thwing Center Welcome introductory remarks
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Mark Chance (CWRU)
09:00 AM - 09:35 AM Thwing Center Keynote Helen Mayberg (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
9:35 AM - 10:00 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Lin Mei (CWRU)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Richard Gonzales (University of Michigan)
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Coffee break
10:45 AM - 11:10 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Franco Pestilli (Indiana University)
11:10 AM - 11:35 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Jonathan Haines (CWRU)
11:35 AM - 12:10 PM Thwing Center Keynote Ary L. Goldberger (Harvard University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
12:10 PM - 1:20 PM Thwing Center Lunch break and networking session
1:20 PM - 2:00 PM Thwing Center Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities in Translational Neuroscience
2:00PM – 2:35 PM Thwing Center Lightning Talks
2:35 PM - 3:35 PM Thwing Center Coffee break and Poster Session
3:35 PM - 4:35 PM Thwing Center Lightning Talks
4:35 PM - 5:00 PM Thwing Center Invited Speaker, National Science Foundation
5:00 PM - 5:25 PM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Ivo Dinov (University of Michigan)
5:25 PM - 5:50 PM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Satya Sahoo (CWRU)
5:50 PM - 6:00 PM Thwing Center Concluding remarks and planning for Day 2

Friday, September 7, 2018

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Thwing Center Light breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM Thwing Center Introduction – Satya Sahoo
8:35 AM - 9:10 AM Thwing Center Keynote Vinod Menon (Stanford University)
9:10 AM - 9:35 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Dhabaleswar Panda (Ohio State University)
9:35 AM - 10:00 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Melissa Cragin (Midwest Big Data Hub)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Thwing Center Coffee break
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Zhong-Lin Lu (Ohio State University)
10:40 AM - 11:05 AM Thwing Center Invited Speaker Lei Wang (Northwestern University).
11:05 AM - 11:40 AM Thwing Center Keynote Nitin Tandon (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Thwing Center Demonstrations
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Thwing Center Concluding remarks, future programming discussion
12:30 PM Thwing Center Program Concludes: Boxed lunches to go

Keynote Speakers

Ary L. Goldberger, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School



Ary L. Goldberger, M.D., is the Director of the Rey Laboratory and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is the Program Director of the Research Resource for Complex Physiologic Signals ( funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. He is also a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Dr. Goldberger has a long-standing interest in electrocardiography and non-invasive electrophysiology and is the author of two standard textbooks on ECG analysis (Goldberger AL. Clinical Electrocardiography: A Simplified Approach, 6th edition, St. Louis, Mosby, 1999, and Goldberger AL. Myocardial Infarction: Electrocardiographic Differential Diagnosis, 4th edition, Mosby-Year Book, 1991). Both books have been translated into a number of languages. Dr. Goldberger and his colleagues at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have also created ECG Wave-Maven ( http://ecg.bidmc.har, an open-access program for medical students and clinicians. Dr. Goldberger and his colleagues have helped pioneer the application of fractals to physiology and medicine over the past two decades. Current work focuses on the breakdown of long-range (fractal) correlations and loss of nonlinear complexity that accompanies aging and a wide range of disease processes.

Vinod Menon, Ph.D.

Rachel L. and Walter F. Nichols, MD., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
Member, Bio-X
Member, Child Health Research Institute
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Stanford University



Vinod Menon is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Neuroscience, and Director of the Stanford Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Laboratory in the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has broad multidisciplinary expertise that spans several scientific disciplines and has published extensively on various aspects of human cognition and brain function. He is especially interested in the development, maturation and organization of functional networks in the human brain, and its impact on cognition and behavior. Dr. Menon leads the Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (SCSNL) that aims to transform the global landscape of psychiatry research and human health and wellness. Leveraging expertise in neuroscience, statistics, engineering, computer science, psychology, psychiatry, and neurology, researchers in the lab use advanced multimodal brain imaging techniques, novel computational and statistical methods, and clinical-behavioral assays to investigate the architecture, function, and development of the human brain in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Clinical disorders currently under investigation include learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, and schizophrenia.

Helen S. Mayberg, MD

Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Mount Sinai Professor of Neurotherapeutics
Director, Center of Advanced Circuit Therapeutics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



Professor Mayberg is the founding Director of The Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics at the Mount Sinai Health System. Professor Mayberg is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for treatment of depression. Her research examines neural systems mediating mood and emotions in health and disease with a primary emphasis on major depression and its recovery. Defining brain mechanisms underlying major depression and mediating its treatment are the primary goals of her project, with an emphasis on development of algorithms that will discriminate patient subgroups, optimize treatment selection, and provide markers of disease and relapse vulnerability.

Nitin Tandon, M.D.

Professor, The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Epilepsy Surgery Program, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston



Dr. Nitin Tandon is a Professor of Neurosurgery at UTHealth Medical School. His research is focused on cognitive functions using imaging and invasive electrophysiology. He is particularly interested in higher cognitive functions, including language, memory and executive control. He studies these processes in normal humans and in patients undergoing resection for epilepsy or brain tumors. Diffusion tractography, functional MRI and behavioral testing are carried out prior to and after resections. In many patients, he also study cortical processes using intracranial electro-physiologic techniques. These electrocortico-graphic and cortical stimulation data are also compared with the functional and structural imaging data to better delineate the network underlying these disseminated cognitive operations.

Contributed Talks



Poster and Lightning Talks Submission

This year the BDN workshop will feature awards for the three top-ranked posters/lightning talk (5 minutes) abstracts (evaluated by a panel of judges)! Please submit your 300-word (maximum) abstract for consideration for poster/lightning talk through the EasyChair submission site: Please select if your abstract should be considered for poster or lightning talk (please select only one) in the submission site.

Deadline for submission of poster/lightning talk abstracts has been extended!
New deadline: August 15, 2018.

Travel Scholarship

Please apply for travel scholarship by completing this form: Travel Scholarship Application

Sharable Resources

A web form will be provided soon to submit items for inclusion in the sharable resources. Examples (not an exclusive list) of appropriate resources that may be suggested includes:

  • Highly scalable APIs
  • Relevant publications
  • Cloud-services
  • Computational Resources
  • Algorithms, methods, techniques
  • Education and Training Opportunities

Lodging and Travel

Hotel booking

The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland - a DoubleTree by Hilton
10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106, USA (Ph: +1-216-455-1260)

Guests can book rooms using one of the following options:

  • By Calling Central Reservations (800-445-8667) and asking for a room under the Big Data Neuro Workshop Block
  • By calling the hotel directly at 216-455-1260
  • Through the hilton website: Book Your Discounted Tudor Arms Hotel Stay!

List of Nearby Accommodations

There are many other hotel options on CWRU’s campus, and there are many more options in downtown Cleveland and surrounding suburbs that are a short drive away. CWRU provides a list of preferred hotels (

Driving to CWRU

We suggest that you consult MapQuest or Google Maps for the best directions to Cleveland and return or use GPS to guide you. Driving time from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to camps is approximately 30 minutes.

Air Travel to CWRU

Most attendees who elect to fly to the workshop will fly to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Airport Symbol: CLE

Location: 20 miles Southwest of CWRU

Ground Transportation from Hopkins Airport to Campus and Return

Rapid Transit Light Rail

Cost: $2.50

Take the RTA Red Line train from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to the Little Italy–University Circle stop (16 stops, approximately 43 minutes). Trains only travel eastbound from the airport, which is the correct direction towards campus.

  • Head west on Mayfield Road toward Euclid Avenue
  • Turn right on Euclid Avenue


Approximate cost: $30

Reserve with SuperShuttle to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at

Limousine Service


Car Rental

Most major car rental companies provide service at the airport. Car Rental companies are located in the Ground Transportation Center on the lower level of the terminal, outside Baggage Claim.

Bus, Taxis





In order to plan for your arrival, we encourage you to register early.

Approximate Registration Fees

Faculty $60.00
Academic Staff $60.00
Industry Staff $60.00
Post Doc $40.00
Graduate Student $25.00
Undergraduate $25.00

Registration Fees include

  • All workshop materials
  • Attendance at sessions
  • Continental breakfast (Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7th)
  • Morning and afternoon beverage breaks

Registration Check-in

Time: beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Location: Thwing Center
10900 Euclid Avenue
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106-7101 USA

Cancellation of Registration

A refund, less a $10.00 administrative charge, will be accepted if received by midnight Monday, August 8th. Refunds will be made in the same form that you submitted payment. Refunds will not be issued after August 28th, but you may substitute another delegate.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing and either emailed or faxed to the Conference Registrar


If you have questions about how to register or how to cancel your registration, contact the Conference Registrar.