NeuroStorm: Accelerating Brain Science Discovery in the Cloud

June (7) 8, 2017 | Baltimore, MD


Meeting Synopsis

NeuroStorm: Accelerating Brain Science Discovery in the Cloud 

June (7) 8, 2017 | Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, MD 

The goal of this meeting is to bring together leaders who are both
collecting and building tools to analyze the next generation datasets in brain sciences.  Because each participant is actively working on these goals, we believe that now is a good time to come together to decide where to divide and conquer, converge, or diverge as appropriate. Through a series of small simultaneous breakout sessions throughout the day, attendees will be grouped by topic and report back to the group as a whole. The proposed break-out session topics will be: data collection, data wrangling, data exploring, and data modeling. Participants will be encouraged to attend each of the four topic break-out sessions, so that about 10 people will be discussing each topic during each session. The only exception will be a designated moderator and rapporteur for each group to facilitate participation and continuity across sessions.

Workshop Schedule Outline (All Events at the Johns Hopkins Club)
Wednesday, June 7 | Evening get-together with dinner, 6pm-9pm
Thursday, June 8 | All-day meeting with full schedule of participant talks  and group discussion.
Thursday, June 8 | Meeting dinner (optional)

Johns Hopkins Club

3400 North Charles Street

Baltimore, Md 21218


June 2, 2017

dear attendees-

by way of background, the last meeting that we held at jhu was a massive success on many levels.  in particular, it laid the seeds for several new initiatives, including new companies, new collaborations, and funding for new projects.  

the goal of this workshop is to build on that momentum, and in particular, to make a plan for the next steps towards accelerating brain science discovery in the cloud.

our plan for doing so is as follows:

wednesday night (for those who are able to join) we will be treated to dine at the jhu faculty club.

between dinner and desserts, all the participants are invited to speak for 1 minute about the one thing you are most excited about that is directly related to accelerating brain science discovery in the cloud.  

for example, it could be about data you are generating that will be stored in the cloud, tools for managing or exploring data, or analyses that many people could use.

the point of that one minute exercise is to get everybody in the room quickly up to speed on the various ongoing efforts.

on thursday, after breakfast, we will break up into small working groups (ideally, 4 groups of ~10 people each).

the goal of the working groups is to collectively decide what the next steps will be. of note, those next steps should be actions that each of us will take in the coming months.

in october, we are organizing at hackathon at the marine biological laboratory (mbl), representatives from each of your labs will be invited to demo their successes between now and then, and then collectively build on them again!

the outcome of the meeting will therefore be a report in which we catalog the set of successes that have resulted from these efforts (with links), including development and application of various resources.

we are all very excited about this, and look forward to seeing you next week!


jovo, on behalf of bobby, eric and greg