The analytical challenges of connectomics

11/20/2023 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
CMSA Room G10
Address: CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Speaker: Jeff W. Lichtman (Harvard University)

Title: The analytical challenges of connectomics

Abstract: Recent progress in generating synapse-level maps of brains, a field known as connectomics, brings both opportunities and challenges. The upside is that the biophysical instantiation of memories, behaviors, and knowledge will soon be before us. The downside is that no one knows exactly how to make sense of this data. I will show what connectomics data sets are and attempt to explain why it is so difficult to unravel their meaning.