Michael Eickenberg

PhD student under the supervision of Bertrand Thirion in the Inria Parietal Team at Neurospin, CEA Saclay

My work consists in using machine learning methods towards forward and reverse modeling of fMRI brain activity following sensory stimulation.
The main approaches I take to create predictive models from and to BOLD fMRI brain imaging data lie in regularized empirical risk minimization methods, often with non-smooth convex regularizers, which lead to convex optimization problems for which iterative algorithms can be devised.
Recently I have had success in forward modelling brain activity from features extracted from convolutional networks. This project was one of the reasons to create sklearn-theano, an open-source software package which makes the use of powerful convolutional nets very easy. It has also sparked my general interest in this type of learning architecture.

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Michael staring at two screens
(me staring at brains,
© Inria / Photo H. Raguet)