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Full Day: Pattern Recognition for NeuroImaging - PR4NI

The application of pattern recognition techniques to neuroimaging data has increased substantially in the last years leading to a large body of publications. Pattern recognition approaches consist of a whole family of tools coming from the “machine learning” community (at the border of statistics and engineering), which have been adapted to investigate neuroscience questions. Depending on the research question asked, experimental design and imaging modality, it is important that the experimenter knows which tools to use and how to draw reliable conclusions.

The course will focus on subject and/or patient classification (for cognitive and clinical applications) but also on regression issues. The usual functional and structural MRI modalities will be covered but the presentations will also consider other types of data such as PET, EEG/MEG and network metrics. Model validation and statistical inference are particularly crucial as these notions somewhat differ from the standard univariate statistics usually applied to analyse neuroimaging data (e.g. General Linear Model) and should thus be specifically addressed. After introducing the theoretical foundations of pattern recognition in neuroimaging, the remaining talks will introduce more advanced methodological points as illustrated by specific applications and/or modalities.

At the end of the course, the neuroscientist should have a global understanding of pattern recognition approaches, how to apply these tools to his/her own data to address new questions and how to interpret the outcomes of these analyses and draw reliable conclusions.