ANC Workshop - 17/12/2019

Host 

Lazar Valkov

Speaker  

Sam Rupprechter

Title 

Computational and neuroimaging approaches to major depressive disorder

Abstract

Major depression is a severely debilitating psychiatric condition with high prevalence and substantial economic impact. However, its aetiology is largely unknown, mechanistic understanding remains limited and treatment outcomes are hard to predict. I will present my work which combines computational modelling and fMRI to look at impairments in depression during reward-related decision making. Results implicated striatal and prefrontal areas. Functional connectivity analysis showed differences in event-related connectivity between prefrontal areas and effective connectivity analysis revealed blunted medial prefrontal cortico-limbic reward-related connectivity associated with depressive symptom severity. The results demonstrate the usefulness of computational psychiatry approaches to better understand depressive disorders.

 

Speaker  

Andrew Wood

Title 

Improvements in hiking route planning using data analysis

Abstract

Despite technological advancement, route planning for hiking is often done the same way today as it was 100 years ago, using a piece of string and a paper map. Even in cases where this has been computerised, the methods used are effectively the same, with no updates to take into account the increased processing power and data available to us. In this work I am looking at how we can improve route planning to make it easier, faster and more accurate. By analysing data from past hikes it should be possible to produce walking routes which optimize for simple factors such as speed or ‘stay on paths’, while also improving the accurate of the estimates of walking time.

Dec 17 2019 -

ANC Workshop - 17/12/2019

Sam Rupprechter, Andrew Wood

G.03, IF