Automated, Synapse-Resolution Connectomics in Fly, Bird, and Human Brains

March 5, 2019
Location: Davis Auditorium, CEPSR
Speaker: Dr. Viren Jain, Google AI


The large-scale reconstruction of synaptic-level wiring diagrams remains an attractive target for achieving greater understanding of nervous systems in health and disease. Progress has been severely limited due to technical issues involved in the imaging and analysis of nanometer-resolution brain imaging data. We will discuss recent advances that are driving order-of-magnitude progress in synapse-resolution connectomics, along with some of the biology that such progress is enabling in fly, bird, and human brains. This work is done in collaboration with HHMI Janelia, MPI Neurobiology, and Harvard.

Speaker Bio

Viren JainViren Jain is a Research Scientist at Google in Mountain View, California, where he is working towards the automated reconstruction of neural circuit connectivity from large-scale, nanometer resolution images of brain tissue. From 2011-2013, Dr. Jain was a Laboratory Head at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia Research Campus. He completed undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, followed by a PhD in Computation at MIT.


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