Message from Workshop Chairs
Multidisciplinary studies in brain research involve combining a number of approaches at various levels, from molecules, to single neurons, neural networks and behavior, and in areas such as modeling and robotics, owing to a wide variety of methodological approaches. In order to continue deepening our understanding of the brain, it is necessary to share data and findings in a meaningful way. Neuroinformatics is precisely for this purpose.
Neuroinformatics as a global collaboration among nations was started by the launch of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) in 2005. Since 2005, INCF Japan Node has developed neuroinformatics platforms and infrastructures in collaboration with universities and research institutes throughout Japan. In order to promote the exchange of information and ideas amongst researchers who can contribute to neuroinformatics, we organized the first Advances in Neuroinformatics (AINI 2014) workshop at RIKEN BSI last year. In continuing this effort, we will hold the second workshop, AINI 2015, at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo.
This year’s special topic focuses on the construction and development of brain atlases across species and how they can be taken advantage of for knowledge creation. Comparative brain atlas studies involve the nervous systems of animals differing widely in their position in the phylogenetic system, including invertebrate and vertebrate. Taking evolution for granted, comparative digital brain atlasing will lead to an understanding of the structures and general principles underlying nervous system processes and functions throughout the animal kingdom.
AINI 2015 Workshop Chair
Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST)
President, Japanese Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (JSCPB)
Representative of INCF Japan Node
Director, Neuroinformatics Japan Center (NIJC)