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kick-off meeting for the MIND team

On 07 September, the young MIND team organised its kick-off meeting, symbolising the shared desire of its two supervisory administrations, the CEA and Inria, to consolidate and create synergies in artificial intelligence and machine learning for neuroscience, at a time of key transformation in this discipline.

Published on 11 September 2023

The kick-off meeting of the MIND (Models and Inference for Neuroimaging Data) project team was held on 07 September at NeuroSpin. With the help of the Inria centre in Saclay, Philippe Ciuciu, the team's director, had put together a programme combining scientific presentations and convivial moments, highlighting the team's abundant expertise in artificial intelligence applied to neuroscience. On the one hand, MIND uses AI as a tool for :

    • acquiring better images, more quickly, particularly with the essential developments needed to exploit ultra-high-field MRI ​;
    • and better understanding of brain function through the use of large databases.

MIND also uses AI as a model of the brain, for example in language processing.

The kick-off was also an opportunity to announce the recruitment by the CEA of a fifth permanent researcher, Chaithya Giliyar Radhakrishna, who will join from November 2023 to strengthen the ultra high field MRI image acquisition activity.

Jean-Yves Berthou, Director of the Inria Centre in Saclay, praised the team's outstanding scientific achievements. Philippe Vernier, Director of the Frédéric-Joliot Life Sciences Institute, emphasised the strategic importance of the team for the Institute and the CEA, and the support of the CEA's Fundamental Research Division in developing high-potential projects at the frontier between neuroscience and digital technology.

Finally, after welcoming the entire team, based on two sites (NeuroSpin and the Inria centre in Saclay), with the words: "This is your home", Stanislas Dehaene, Director of NeuroSpin, looked to the future, imagining some of the major achievements that could result from MIND's work.

Members of the MIND project team present at the kick-off meeting on 07 September 2023. © Inria / Photo B. Fourrier
The MIND project team was created on 1 April 2022 as a partial successor to the PARIETAL team. It has been led by Philippe Ciuciu since November 2022. The three other permanent members are: Bertrand Thirion, former director of PARIETAL, Demian Wassermann and Thomas Moreau. Twenty PhD students, five post-docs, five engineers and one assistant complete one of the most visible teams at Inria Saclay..

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