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Machine Learning for Brain Health Symposium

Machine Learning for Brain Health Symposium

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St. Joseph’s Healthcare
100 West 5th St. 
Hamilton, Ontario

Event Contact:

Janet Delsey
905-525-9140, ext. 24910

Friday, September 7, 2018 | Hamilton, Ontario


The machine learning paradigm is a major new frontier in brain research.  It has been used for multiple purposes relating to disorders of consciousness, and for diagnosing and treating psychiatric illness.  It is also the driving engine behind brain-computer interfaces. This symposium is a venue for expanding on the current understanding of the interactions between machine learning and brain health.  

A group of renowned local, national and international speakers will be discussing diverse topics such as archiving brain data in various forms, the role of machine learning as it relates to mental health and disorders of consciousness, and neuro-engineering applications of machine learning.

Participants at the event will gain an opportunity to interact with prominent researchers in the field, and will also be exposed to the latest ideas in this emerging and exciting area of research.

Researchers are invited to submit a poster on their recent work relating to machine learning and brain health. 

This symposium is a joint venture by McMaster's Faculties of Health Sciences, Science, Engineering and the Humanities Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental and Applied Linguistics (ARiEAL).

McMaster University Organizers:

Sue Becker Sue Becker 
Professor, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Associate Member, Department of Linguistics & Languages
Member, School of Computational Science and Engineering
Member, McMaster Integrative Neuroscience & Discovery Program
Faculty Affiliate, Vector AI Institute
Adjunct Member, Centre for Vision Research, York University
Member, Spatial Learning Network, Spatial Intelligence and Learning Centre
John Connolly John Connolly
Director of ARiEAL
Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages
Co-Director, Language, Memory and Brain Lab
Supervisory Member, McMaster Integrative Neuroscience Discovery & Study (MiNDS)
Associate Member, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Faculty, School of Biomedical Engineering
Flávio Kapczinski

Flávio Kapczinski
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neuroscience
Director, Graduate Program in Neurosciences

Jim Reilly

James (Jim) Reilly
Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Professor, McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering
Full Member, ARiEAL
Member, McMaster Integrative Neuroscience & Discovery Program
Faculty Affiliate, Vector AI Institute


Keynote Speakers

Sylvain Baillet Sylvain Baillet
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science
School of Computer Science, McGill University
Montreal, Canada
Martin M. Monti Martin M. Monti
Associate Professor
Los Angeles, California
Klaus-Robert Müller
Professor and Chair
Machine Learning Department
Institute of Software Engineering and Theoretical Computer Science
Berlin, Germany
Jose C. Principe

Jose C. Principe
Distinguished Professor, NeuroEngineering Lab
Professor, ECE Director Computational NeuroEngineering Lab
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

 Stephen Strother

Stephen Strother 
Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto 


Confirmed Invited Speakers

Narges Armanfard - Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
McGill University, Montreal, Canada (August 1, 2018)

Bo Cao - Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, The University of Alberta

Andrew R. Dykstra - The Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario

Faranak Farzan - Assistant Professor, School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering; Chair in Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health, Simon Fraser University

Tomas Hajek - Professor, Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

Ives Passos - Professor, Psychiatry, Federal University, Brazil

Garth Smith -  Director, Industry Relations, Ontario Brain Institute


Abstract titles coming soon.

8:00 am Registration and coffee
8:30 - 10:00 am Presenters from Ontario Brain Institute (Garth Smithh and Brendan Behan) and Indoc Research
Brain-CODE – A comprehensive informatics platform for research data federation, query and analysis
10:00 - 10:30 am Keynote: Stephen Strother, University of Toronto 
10:30 - 11:00 am Refreshment break
11:00 - 11:30 am Andrew Dykstra, University of Western Ontario
11:30 - 12:00 am Narges Armanfard, McGill University
12:00 - 12:30 pm Keynote: Martin M. Monty, UCLA
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch and Poster Session
2:00 - 2:20 pm Bo Cloud Cao, The University of Alberta
2:20 - 2:40 pm Ives Passos, Federal University
Predicting mood disorders in a cohort of bipolar offspring
2:40 - 3:00 pm Tomas Hajek, Psychiatry, Dalhousie University
3:00 - 3:30 pm Panel Discussion
3:30 - 14:00 pm Refreshment break
4:00 - 4:30 pm Keynote: Jose Principe, University of Florida
4:30 - 5:00 pm Keynote: Sylvain Baillet, McGill University
5:00 - 5:30 pm Faranak Farzan, Mechatronics Engineering, SFU
5:30 - 6:00 pm Keynote: Klaus-Robert Mueller, Institute of Software Engineering and Theoretical Computer Science

Registration/Poster Submission

Please register here  

Registration fee includes admission to all talks, poster session, lunch and coffee breaks.

Regular: $50
Student / PostDoc: $0

Registration deadline: Friday, August 31

Poster Submission

Researchers are invited to submit a poster on their recent work relating to:

  • machine learning
  • brain modeling
  • neural data analysis
  • neuro imaging

Please submit a 250-word abstract. Poster should be A0 format (33.1 x 46.8 in) with portrait (vertical) orientation. 

Registration deadline if submitting a poster: Friday, August 24


St. Joseph's Healthcare
West 5th Campus
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, ON L8N 3K7

Sessions take place in the Auditorium on Level 1 

Parking is available in the special event lot (5 minute walk to building) for $10 per day. This must be purchased in advance with your registration and a parking pass will be sent to you. There is a limited amount of parking closer to the building ($20 per day payable at machine on-site), but these lots are best left for patients and short-term visitors.
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