Romy Lorenz

Cognitive Neuroscience – Neuroadaptive Technology – Art x Neuroscience

I am now a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow!

Sep
04

Yesterday, I started my 4-year long Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship.  I will be based at the University of Cambridge (UK), the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences (Germany) and Stanford University (US).

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My PhD thesis was awarded!

Sep
04

In June this year, CogX  awarded my PhD thesis as an outstanding contribution in AI.

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I am visiting Thomas Yeo’s lab in Singapore!

Sep
29

From 25th Sept until 25th October, I am a visiting researcher in Prof. BT Thomas Yeo’s Computational Brain Imaging Group in Singapore. With him, I will be working on new and more unbiased ways of mining the cognitive neuroimaging literature and how to evaluate existing top-down cognitive ontologies using neuroadaptive Bayesian optimization.

Super exciting stuff and I am very grateful for having this opportunity!

 

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My PhD work is featured in WIRED!

Sep
20

There is a long article in WIRED magazine this month describing my PhD work:

This AI could hold the key to decoding human intelligence

I love this part:

Minutes later, Lorenz shows me a graph of Violante’s activity across different brain networks for each of the tests. It looks like one of Mark Rothko’s colourful paintings.

…. sounds like I am also doing some serious art business on the side!

 

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I was awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize

Aug
18

Last month, I have been awarded a Doctoral Prize Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This scheme is intended to help universities attract and retain newly qualified PhD students to increase the impact of their PhD and help them to launch their careers. This will allow me to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London for another year to pursue my research vision. I am very grateful for this opportunity!

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I received a Merit Abstract Award

Mar
11

I was selected to receive a Merit Abstract Award for the 2017 OHBM Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada (June 25-29, 2017) for my abstract: Fractioning frontoparietal brain networks using neuroadaptive Bayesian optimization.

I am very excited to present my work in form of an oral presentation on Thursday, 29th June in the “Executive Function” session. Feel free to drop by if you are in Vancouver!

According to the OHBM website the Merit Abstract award is for …

… particularly noteworthy abstract submissions whose peer-reviewed scores place them at the topmost tier of trainee abstract submissions.

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Imperial College news story about our TiCS paper

Feb
23

Our opinion paper published in Trends in Cognitive Science in February 2017 was featured in a news story by Imperial College with the title:

Artificial intelligence could increase speed and reliability of brain research

You can read the full article here.
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Neuroskeptic blogged about our work

Jan
29

Following our publication of the “Automatic Neuroscientist” in January 2016 our work was featured on Neuroskeptic’s blog. Neuroskeptic is a neuroscientist and pseudonymous neuroscience blogger. With over 80,000 followers on Twitter he became an important hub of science communication and scientific debate for the scientific community and beyond.

Neuroskeptic said:

We’ve learned this week that computers can play Go. But at least there’s one human activity they will never master: neuroscience. A computer will never be a neuroscientist. Except… hang on. A new paper just out in Neuroimage describes something called The Automatic Neuroscientist. Oh.

You can read the full blog post here.
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