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THOR Center for Neuroinformatics
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Background

The THOR Center for Neuroinformatics was established April 1998 at the Department of Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark. Besides pursuing independent research goals, the THOR Center hosts a number of related projects concerning neural networks, functional neuroimaging, multimedia signal processing, and biomedical signal processing. The Center is funded by the Danish Research Councils through the THOR plan for Technology by Highly Oriented Research . The THOR Center was established in collaboration with Professor Olaf B. Paulson, Neurobiological Research Unit, Rigshospitalet and the Danish Center for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital, and Professor Benny Lautrup, Computational Neural Network Center (CONNECT), Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

Neuroinformatics is a research field rooted in classical disciplines like signal processing, biology, physics, computer science and engineering. Neuroinformatics combines learning from the brain and learning about the brain. By studying information processing in the brain neuroinformatics invents new computing paradigms (e.g., artificial neural networks) with the objective of understanding the dynamics of the conscious mind.

Neuroinformatics is a key component of a US research program, the Human Brain Project which is supported by all the major American governmental funding agencies and hosted by the National Institute of Health. The geographically and scientifically distributed nature of the collaborating research groups involved in this interdisciplinary neuroscience effort calls for new visual and interactive means of communication. A point strongly emphasized in this program is the need for using the World Wide Web for communication and dissemination of results. Scientific uses of multimedia techniques are now beginning to appear.

Artificial neural networks is an active neuroinformatics research field, which combines many approaches to adaptive signal processing in solving real world problems. Our first experience with neural nets dates back to an industrial application in 1987. In 1989 we began using neural networks for general nonlinear adaptive signal processing. Since 1991 the CONNECT groups have participated in the development of neural computing as an advanced, non-linear statistical tool, which has been applied to forecasting within dynamical systems, pattern recognition, and medical image analysis, particularly functional neuroimages.

While neural computing has largely been viewed as a black box approach, we have initiated research aimed at opening this black box, using hypertext, multimedia, and interactivity. Our key objective is to convert abstract models into intuitive knowledge through interactive visualization.

Scientific aims for the THOR center grant



Glossary

Neuroinformatics:
Research field that develops informatics tools inspired by the brain and applies these to the study of the brain.
 
Neural Networks:
Information processing in large networks of simple computers.
 
Bio-medical signal processing:
Algorithms and systems for understanding biological signals.
 
THOR:
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