BHI 2013

Brain and Health Informatics (BHI) aims to develop and disseminate understandings of novel intelligent computing formalisms, techniques, and technologies in the special application contexts of brain and health/well-being related studies and services. It is devoted to interdisciplinary studies on BHI, covering computational, logical, cognitive, neuro-psyiological, biological, physical, ecological, and social perspectives of BHI.

BHI’13 aims to provide a leading international, interdisciplinary forum to bring together researchers and practitioners that explore the interplay between studies of human brain and health/well-being related issues and advents of computer science and information technologies. For instance, emerging advanced information technologies, such as Internet/Web of things (IOT/WOT), the wisdom Web of things (W2T), cloud computing, may be applied to brain studies. Informatics-enabled brain studies, e.g., based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalogram (EEG), positron emission tomography (PET), and eye-tracking, can significantly broaden the spectrum of theories and models of brain sciences, which will in turn offer new insights into the development of intelligent computing systems and informatics. BHI will feature high-quality, original research papers in all theoretical, technological, clinical, and interdisciplinary studies that make up the field of brain/health informatics.

The systematic BHI methodology has resulted in the BHI big data, including various raw brain data, data-related information, extracted data features, found domain knowledge related to human intelligence, and so forth. A brain data centre needs to be constructed on the W2T and cloud computing platform for effectively utilizing the “data wealth” as services, which provides big opportunities for both fundamental and clinical researches with respect to cognitive science, neuroscience, mental health, and artificial intelligence. The most challenging problem is to curate BHI big data, which can be characterized by four parameters: volume, variety, velocity, and value, in order to support data sharing and reuse among different BHI experimental and computational studies for generating and testing hypotheses about human and computational intelligence.

The series of Brain Informatics Conferences started with the First WICI International Workshop on Web Intelligence meets Brain Informatics (WImBI'06), held at Beijing, China in 2006.  The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th conferences, Brain Informatics 2009, 2010 and 2011 were jointly held with International Conferences on Active Media Technology (AMT09, AMT10, and AMT11), respectively, in Beijing China, Toronto Canada, and Lanzhou China. The 5th Brain Informatics 2012 was held jointly with other international conferences (AMTI2, WI12, IAT12, and ISMIS12) in Macau, China. Following the success of WImBI06, BI09, BI10, BI1 and BI12, Brain and Health Informatics 2013 (BHI13) will be jointly held with the International Conference on Active Media Technology (AMT 2013). The two conferences will have a joint opening, keynote, reception, and banquet. Attendees only need to register for one conference and can attend workshops, sessions, exhibits and demonstrations across the two conferences.