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Lab and grant



Dimitris Samaras, Associate Professor at the State University of New York, Stony Brook has been awarded from DIGITEO a 4-year [2012-2016] chair (SuBSAmPLE) to execute a cutting edge research program on the identification and prediction of Salient Brain StAtes through ProbabiListic structure learning towards fusion of Imaging and Genomic data. Prof. Samaras DIGITEO funded research will focus primarily on the analysis of neuro-imaging data, and secondary on their link with genetic information.

This research iniative will result in a highly visible international collaboration between Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Labs - Center for Visual Computing - INRIA/CEA NeuroSpin PARIETAL Research Team. Ecole Centrale de Paris and the Center for Visual Computing will be hosting and coordinating such an initiative.



Working at the crossroads of computer sciences and mathematics, over the last 40 years Inria's researchers have been developing the scientific foundations for a new field of learning: computational sciences.

When associated with other scientific disciplines, computational sciences can be used to offer new concepts, languages, methods and teaching aids which open up new avenues for exploration and understanding of complex phenomena. Working in project-teams, Inria researchers mix fundamental and applied research in an innovative blend to produce their results.

The institute's 179 teams, the majority of which are joint teams with other major French or international research bodies, are comprised of around twenty researchers working on a shared project for a period of 4 to 8 years.

Inria is France's only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. It hosts over 1000 young researchers each year.

Neurospin - CEA


Neurospin is a research centre dedicated to neuroimaging. It was opened on January 1st 2007 and belongs to Life Science Direction at CEA (but has strong links with the Matter Science Division since its conception). Neurospin is a shared imaging facility with unique devices. It is headed by Dr. Denis Le Bihan, a Member of the French Academy of Sciences.


Neurospin is neither a center of neurosciences or biology, nor a center of MRI physics. Such centers already exist at other sites in the world. Our objective is different: we wish to join together on the same location the methodological and neurobiological players so that they develop, in synergy, the tools and the models which will enable them to better understand the working of the human brain in normal and deficient conditions. This intimate and strong coupling between neuroimaging methodology and applications makes NeuroSpin very different from other structures more dedicated to neurosciences. The results of this project should impact clinical, artificial intelligence, social sciences and industrial fields. A point that must be emphasized is that the equipment, methodologies, and human resources needed for imaging humans are mostly the same as those used on animals. That is the reason why the grouping of teams around a state-of-the-art imaging facility, dedicated to both human and animal studies, appears as an ideal solution, both from scientific and biomedical as well as economic points of view. This concept, which we are trying bring to life between NeuroSpin and MIRCen within I²BM, is now adopted in many developed nations, who are anxious to optimize the return from very heavy investments, whether public or private.