1st French Neuroinformatics Workshop

17th June 2014, European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience, Paris

Computational methods are ubiquitous in neuroscience, from large-scale simulations to complex and sophisticated analyses of electrophysiology and neuroimaging data to detailed anatomical reconstructions and connectomics. Neuroinformatics is a discipline at the interface between neuroscience and computer science, which aims to develop computational models, new analysis methods, and tools and databases for managing and sharing neuroscience data.

The French Node of the INCF is organising a one day workshop with the aims of:

We invite anyone involved in using computational approaches in neuroscience, or who is interested in discovering new tools and techniques they can apply to their own research, to take part in the workshop. A limited number of travel grants are available to doctoral students and postdocs working in French universities or research institutes.


09:30Introduction to neuroinformatics and to the INCFAndrew Davison, UNIC, CNRS, Gif sur Yvette
10:00The INCF scientific programsJean-Baptiste Poline, Neurospin, CEA and UC Berkeley
11:00Introducing The Virtual Brain: the challenges and benefits of building a large-scale brain network simulator.Paula Sanz Leon, Université Aix-Marseille,
11:30Watching Brian grow - the development of a neural simulatorMarcel Stimberg, Institut de la Vision, Paris
12:00Recording and analysis of massively parallel neuronal data in relation to behaviorThomas Brochier, CNRS, Université Aix-Marseille.
14:00MNE software for MEG and EEG data analysisAlexandre Gramfort, Telecom ParisTech, CNRS,
14:30Structuring Neurophysiology metadata: why not sprinkle a bit of semantics on them to make your life easier?Yann Le Franc, Independent scientist, Paris.
15:00-15:30Brain imaging and genetics database: a semantic web experience with the Imagen data.Dimitri Papadopoulos, CEA/Saclay, I2BM, NeuroSpin.
16:00BrainSpell: Help us create the first open, human-curated, classification of the neuroimaging literatureRoberto Toro, CNRS, Institut Pasteur, Paris.
16:30Fli-IAM: A national infrastructure for the management of data and tools in in vivo imagingMichel Dojat, Inserm, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble.
17:00Discussion and closing remarks


Registration is now closed.


The meeting will take place at the European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience in Paris, France. The EITN is hosted by the Fondation Voir et Entendre and located at the Vision Institute at 74 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in central Paris (see map).

Organisation and Support

The workshop is being organised by the French National Node of the INCF (organising committee Yves Frégnac (UNIC, CNRS), Jean-Baptiste Poline (Neurospin, CEA2, UC Berkeley) and Andrew Davison (UNIC)). The workshop is supported by a grant to the INCF French National Node from the Thematic Institute for Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Neurology, and Psychiatry of the French National Alliance for Life and Health Sciences, by the CNRS and by the EITN.