Dealing with data

Instrumentation and equipment used to image and record integrative brain activity generates vast amounts of digital data that present data storage and analysis issues for researchers. Our Neuroinformatics Program is focused on meeting these challenges.

High performance computing

By partnering with the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE) our researchers have access to large data storage, fast data processing, and advanced visualisation systems to efficiently manage and process the computationally intensive brain datasets, via the Cloud.

In collaboration with MASSIVE, we have created an Australian mirror for data collected by the Human Connectome Project (HCP). This ambitious project is one of the world’s largest brain imaging studies to map the networks underlying brain function and their relationship to genetics. Our mirror site hosts HCP brain imaging data to allow researchers to conduct their own brain functional network analyses.

Access to research tools and data

Our research tools and data repository house experimental data and computational models, providing brain researchers around Australia access to these important resources. We have 100TB of storage space and also use GitLab, a Cloud repository, to help manage complex projects.

World-wide influence

We are partners with the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) and serve as a Governing Node.

Operating across four continents, the INCF develops collaborative neuroinformatics infrastructure and promotes the sharing of data and computing resources to the international research community.

Read the INCF’s 2017 Annual Report.

Neuroinformatics Program Coordinators –

wojtekDr Wojtek James Goscinski

Dr Goscinski provides the Centre with computational expertise and access to critical, high-performance computing resources.

Wojtek is the coordinator of the Multimodal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE), a specialist Australian high-performance computing facility for imaging and visualizing everything from biological molecules to new materials and whole human bodies.

He coordinates the Centre’s access to global neuroscience ICT platforms, including those being developed through initiatives such as the Human Brain Project.

He is also the External Collaborations Manager at the Monash e-Research Centre, a role in which he promotes effective and creative applications of technology in research.

Wojtek has a PhD is computing science, a BDes(Arch) and is co-partner of a small architecture firm Insider-Outsider.

Dr Pulin Gong

Complex Systems

Dr Pulin Gong is a senior lecturer at The University of Sydney, where he is the head of the Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Group. Before joining The University of Sydney, he was a staff scientist at RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan.

Pulin’s research interests are in the spatiotemporal dynamics of neural circuits. This means how the electrical activity of brain cells in the cortex changes over time and over cortical “space”. See this video for a visual representation of spatiotemporal dynamics. Pulin is interested in what these patterns and waves of activity say about information processing in the brain.