2015-16: E&O: Undergraduate Workshop – October 19-20, 2015

Registration for this workshop is currently closed.

Participant List

As part of its Education and Outreach Program for 2015-2016, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) held a two-day undergraduate workshop on topics of current interest in statistics and applied mathematics. In addition to an overview of current and planned SAMSI Research Programs, the program topic

Program on Challenges in Computational Neuroscience (CCNS) was covered in some depth. The workshop focused on Computational Neuroscience and featured introductory lectures on mathematical and statistical methods in neuroscience. Particular emphasis was given to understanding the mechanisms that link the various activities (e.g., in molecular biology, genetics, and neuron networks) and their interactions to the overall complex dynamic behavior of the brain and nervous system. Hands on illustrations were presented and the participants were encouraged to bring their laptops. This workshop was held on Monday, October 19, and Tuesday, October 20 at SAMSI.

Participants arrived on Sunday evening, and began their return home by 1:00PM on Tuesday.

Applications received by Friday, September 11, 2015 received full consideration. While students from universities not in the U.S. were welcome to apply, please be aware that priority is given to students who are enrolled at U.S. schools.

SAMSI reimbursed appropriate travel expenses as well as provided food and lodging.

Questions: email ugworkshop@samsi.info

Schedule and Supporting Media

Monday, October 19, 2015
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:15-8:30 a.m. Shuttle to SAMSI (meet in hotel lobby)
8:30-9:00 Registration Zhengwu Zhang and Karem Jackson, SAMSI
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI/NCSU
Jamie Nunnelly, SAMSI/NISS
9:15-10:15 A tutorial for clinical brain imaging Ciprian Crainiceanu, Johns Hopkins University
10:30-11:30 A Primer on Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study of Multiple Sclerosis Ana-Maria Staicu, N.C. State University  
11:45-12:30 Group Photo and Lunch at SAMSI
12:30-12:45 Shuttle to Dzirasa’s Lab (Meet in Parking lot)
12:45-2:00 Overview of the research lab and tour of facilities Stephan Mague, Center for Neuroimaging, Duke University
2:00-2:15 Shuttle back to SAMSI (meet in Lab’s reception)
2:15-3:15 Programs and files for UG workshop tutorial I
A Tutorial on Image Reconstruction using Discrete Fourier Transformation (with R demos)
Benjamin Risk, SAMSI
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 A Tutorial on Computed Tomography (with Matlab/Phython demos)
Instructions for Installing Octave Zip File
Document with details about what each component function of the demo does
“X-Ray notes”
Sarah Vallelian, SAMSI  
4:30-4:45 Break and move to Room 104
4:45-5:30 Panel Discussion: Careers in Mathematical Sciences
SAMSI Graduate students and Postdoctoral fellows
Adam Jaeger
Lucas Mentch
Zhengwu Zhang
(from SAMSI)
5:30-6:45 Meet with SAMSI members, and Dinner
7:00 Shuttle to the hotel

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:15-8:30 a.m. Shuttle to SAMSI (Check out and meet in hotel lobby)
9:00-9:15 Recap Sujit Ghosh, SAMSI/NCSU
9:15-10:30 Mathematical models for muscle activation Laura Miller, UNC-Chapel Hill
10:30-11:45 Topology for Statistical Analysis of Brain Artery Images Ezra Miller, Duke University  
11:45-12:00 Adjourn
12:00 Box lunch and shuttle to RDU Airport
(Don’t forget to submit evaluation forms before you leave)