This was a fun project! We tried using an off-the-shelf face recognition tool, Amazon Rekognition, to score infant video data collected online.
Chouinard, B., Scott, K., Cusack, R. (in press). Using Automatic Face Analysis to Score Infant Behaviour from Video Collected Online. Infant Behavior and Development. preprint
The lab's penultimate student from Western University, Patrick Gatutsi, receiving his MSc in Neuroscience.
Congratulations to Patrick Gatutsi, who passed is Master's defense with minor changes. He worked to develop a wearable device to measure fetal movements in response to sound, and conducted extensive evaluation in Rwanda.
It was great to see past and present PhD students from the lab in three different countries in Singapore for the Human Brain Mapping conference, along with a potential member of the next generation of neuroimagers. Thank you to everyone that came to Laura Cabral's and Chiara Caldinelli's posters. And, to Chiara for her work on the committee of the Student & postdoc special interest group.
Thanks to the organisers of the International Congress in Infant Studies in Philadelphia. Laura Cabral and I had a great time at the meeting.
Many members of the lab have published work that I'm very excited about this year. Some of the publications in 2018 include:
We are excited to announce the ERC "Foundations of Cognition" project, which will begin in October 2018. Read the launch summary.
I was honoured to be featured in the Provost's Annual Review of 2016-2017 along with the other professors appointed at Trinity this year. The review also gives an overview of Trinity in 2017, including the entrance to the League of European Research Universities, about student experience and public engagement.
It has been a busy summer for the lab. In addition to getting set up at Trinity College Dublin, we've been to some fantastic conferences and met some fascinating people.
We're excited to have been selected as organizers of a symposium at the Human Brain Mapping meeting this June. "Collect Your Thoughts: Individual Differences in the Networks Underlying Intelligence," examines how information is brought together to allow the complex, flexible cognition that is fundamental to human intelligence.
I'm excited to be working with a fantastic group of presenters representing four countries and fittingly for International Women's Day, equally representing the genders:
Rhodri Cusack (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) "The Fronto-Parietal Network is Maturely Connected and Influences Developing Behaviour from the First Months."
Rogier Kievit (University of Cambridge, UK) "Watershed Models of Intelligence Through the Lifespan"
Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania, USA) “Charting dynamic interactions between large-scale brain networks in health and disease”
Lorina Naci (Western University, Canada) “The Neural Machinery of Conscious Cognition: Converging Evidence from Anesthesia-Induced Unconsciousness, Severe Brain Injury and Intellectual Prowess.”
Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in the rapidly expanding field of infant neuroimaging. The project’s goals are to understand how cognitive functions emerge, and to address the pressing clinical problem of detecting which infants with perinatal brain injury will develop atypical cognitive function to facilitate focused and timely intervention.
The project will characterize the development of brain systems in the first year after birth using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It will require an interdisciplinary synthesis across fields, including models of brain function from cognitive neuroscience, MRI acquisition, and data analysis with machine learning. Experience in each of these areas, or a willingness and aptitude to learn them, is essential. You will hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology, computer science, neuroscience, physics, or a related field.
You will be based at the prestigious Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, on Trinity College’s campus in the heart of Dublin, which houses 3T and 7T MRI scanners and has strong clinical collaborations. The successful candidate will join an exciting and dynamic research team and will be encouraged to develop their knowledge, technical skills and transferable skills.
The PhD will be directly supervised by Rhodri Cusack, the incoming Thomas Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience.
To apply, please send before April 1, 2017, the following items by email to rhodri [at] cusacklab.org with the subject line PHD17:
* a cover letter explaining why this project interest you and what you will bring to it
* your curriculum vitae
* your transcript or grades (unofficial is fine at this stage)
* the names of three referees with email addresses and phone numbers
For further details:
* Cusack laboratory http://www.cusacklab.org
* Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience http://www.tcd.ie/Neuroscience
* Trinity College http://www.tcd.ie (video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8evbCLVepg)
Kate Lanau at Vice Motherboard wrote a piece on our lab's work, "Why scientists are playing nursery rhymes to babies while scanning their brains."