Big Data Neuroscience 2017 Workshop: Organized by the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ACNN)

September 8 - 9, 2017
Bloomington, IN


What An interactive Big Neuroscience Data Analytic Workshop
Where Indiana University Bloomington
Dates September 8-9 2017
Accommodation Biddle Hotel Indiana Memorial Union
See the Lodging and Travel section
Travel Scholarships 50+ scholarships for trainees will be offered on a competitive basis. Apply for Scholarships Here


Organizers: A team of transdisciplinary investigators from the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN), including:

Goals: Students, trainees, fellows, junior investigators, and outside researchers in Midwest academic institutions and industry partners are invited to attend and actively participate in this workshop. Expected workshop outcomes include (1) building an active Midwest Neuroscience Network Community, (2) open-sharing of data-intense challenges, datasets, research projects, expertise, software, services, protocols, resources, learning modules, and (3) productive discussions of joint (multi-institutional) grants, training opportunities, publications, research projects. The workshop success will be measured by assessing the community involvement (early registration, active workshop participation, post-workshop activities and interactions), website analytics (geographic locations of income traffic, counts, frequencies, and intensity of web-site utilization (, and evidence of collaborations on development of software tools, services, learning materials, end-to-end pipeline workflows.


Keynote Speakers

Invited speakers

  • Olaf Sporns, Indiana University
  • Ivo Dinov, University of Michigan
  • DK Panda, Ohio State University
  • Satya Sahoo, Case Western University
  • Lei Wang, Northwestern University
  • Richard Gonzalez, University of Michigan
  • Franco Pestilli, Indiana University
  • Andrew Saykin, Indiana University School of Medicine

Lightning talks

Working Groups

Participants are encouraged to self-organize working groups that focus on specific Big Neuroscience Data challenges, resource, translational education activities, and collaborative opportunities.

Sharable Resources

A web form will be provided soon to submit items for inclusion in the sharable resources. Examples (not an exclusive list) of appropriate resources that may be suggested includes:

  • Highly scalable APIs
  • Relevant publications
  • Cloud-services
  • Computational Resources
  • Algorithms, methods, techniques
  • Education and Training Opportunities

Lodging and Travel

On Campus Hotel Accommodations

Host Hotel: Indiana Memorial Union (IMU)

A block of hotel rooms on the IU Bloomington campus have been reserved for people attending the Big Data Neuroscience Workshop.

900 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN USA 47405
812.856. 6381

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) is located in the center of campus and is in easy walking distance to many of Bloomington’s downtown shops, cafes and restaurants. The IMU will serve as the host hotel and will be the site of workshop registration, sessions and food events.

Rates & Reservations

In order to secure a hotel room at the Indiana Memorial Union, contact the hotel directly or reserve your room on-line. When phoning for your reservation, you must identify that you will be attending the ACNN Workshopin order to obtain a room.

On-line reservation: ; click “reserve a room”
Code: ACNN2017
Phone reservations: (812) 856-6381
Room rates: Rates currently range from $139/night to $189/night depending on the type of room you reserve.
All rooms are currently subject to a 12% tax.
Reservation cut- off date: August 7, 2017
Parking: free to hotel guests
Wireless Internet: free

Off Campus Accommodations

There are many hotel options outside of the IU Bloomington campus. Some hotels are located within walking distance; some are a short drive from campus. Check out the Visit Bloomington web site for off campus lodging (

Driving to IU Bloomington

We suggest that you consult Mapquest or Google maps for the best directions to Bloomington and return or use GPS to guide you. Driving to and from the airport to campus is simple and direct. Driving time from the airport to camps is approximately 50 minutes.

Air Travel to IU Bloomington

Most attendees who elect to fly to the workshop will fly to the Indianapolis International Airport.

Airport Symbol: IND

Location: 50 miles north of Bloomington, IN

Ground Transportation from the Indianapolis Airport to Campus and Return

Shuttle Service (two options):

Go Express Travel
  • Service 9 times daily between the airport and Bloomington campus
  • Advance reservations: Recommended
  • Reservations on-line:
  • Phone: 1.800.589.6004 or 812.332.6004
  • Rate: Currently $18.00 one way
  • Airport pick-up location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim
Star of America
  • Service 9 times daily between the airport and Bloomington campus
  • Advance reservations: Recommended
  • Reservations on-line:
  • Phone: 1.800.933.0097
  • Rate: Currently $18.00 one way
  • Airport pick-up location: Ground Transportation Center. Lower level, outside of airport Baggage Claim

Limousine Service

Classic Touch Limousine
  • Door to door service from airport to any location in Bloomington
  • Advance reservations: Required
  • Rates: Currently $122 roundtrip per person. When making your reservations, inform Classic Touch that you are attending a conference at IU. Request an IU conference rate. Rate is for shared ride service; private car rate is not guaranteed
  • Reservations:
  • Phone: 1.800.319.0082 or 812.339.7269
  • IMPORTANT: The limousine driver will not meet you inside of the terminal nor will he/she have a sign identifying you by name. It is your responsibility to approach a Classic Touch limousine and provide them with your name.

Car Rental

Most major car rental companies provide service at the airport. Car Rental companies are located in the Ground Transportation Center on the lower level of the terminal, outside Baggage Claim.

Bus, Taxis

There is no convenient bus service from the Indianapolis Airport to IU Bloomington.

Taxis service is available, but is very expensive and not recommended.


Parking is free of charge to those staying at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel.

Attendees electing to stay at off campus hotels who wish to drive to campus and park their car on campus may do so in the two parking lots adjacent to the Indiana Memorial Union. There will be a fee for parking in these lots. Discount parking passes will be available at the registration check-in desk for conference participants. The approximate discounted parking fee is currently $12/day.


In order to plan for your arrival, we encourage you to register early.

Dates & Deadlines

Registration Opens Monday, May 8th
Deadline for cancelling registration: Monday, August 28th
On-line registration closes midnight Monday, Sept. 4th

Registration Fees

Faculty $60.00
Academic Staff $60.00
Industry Staff $60.00
Post Doc $40.00
Graduate Student $25.00
Undergraduate $25.00

Registration Fees include

  • All workshop materials
  • Attendance at sessions
  • Continental breakfast (Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9th)
  • Morning and afternoon beverage breaks
  • Buffet lunch (Friday, September 8th)
  • Boxed lunch (Saturday, September 9th)
  • Registration Check-in

    Time: beginning at 7:30 a.m.
    Location: Frangipani Room, Mezzanine Level
    Indiana Memorial Union (host hotel)
    900 East 7th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Cancellation of Registration

    A refund, less a $10.00 administrative charge, will be accepted if received by midnight Monday, August 8th. Refunds will be made in the same form that you submitted payment. Refunds will not be issued after August 28th, but you may substitute another delegate.

    All cancellation requests must be made in writing and either emailed or faxed to the Conference Registrar at: or FAX: 812.855.8077


    If you have questions about how to register or how to cancel your registration, contact the Conference Registrar, Melissa Kocias at: or 812.855.4224


    Administrative: Mary Morgan ( or Programmatic: Franco Pestilli (


    This work is sponsored by National Science Foundation Award 1636893. Additional workshop sponsors include:

    • Midwest Big Data Hub
    • Indiana University College of Arts and Science
    • Department of Psychology
    • Indiana University Office for Vice President for Research Technologies
    • Indiana University Program in Cognitive Science
    • Indiana University Program in Neuroscience