Janelia Junior Scientist Workshop on Machine Learning and Computer Vision (March 31 - April 5, 2019)


Application Deadline: November 25, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Organized by Kristin Branson, Jan Funke, ​Stephan Saalfeld, and Srini Turaga, this workshop is is intended as a “by the students, for the students” meeting. Aside from the organizers, participants will include only students and postdocs, with a diversity of expertise and backgrounds.

Over the course of the week, attendees will teach each other new techniques, discuss fundamental principles, and learn about the exciting computational challenges in neuroscience, imaging, and behavior. They will present their work and run tutorials and coding sessions on the techniques they use.

The workshop will be interactive, intense, and interdisciplinary. We see it as a unique learning opportunity for everyone involved and intend for it to be an enjoyable experience.

We encourage applicants from across the realm of computer vision, machine learning and computational neuroscience, including the areas of image analysis, reinforcement learning, deep learning, and statistics and probabilistic modeling.

In order to maintain a small group atmosphere, allowing for extensive interactions and presentations by everyone, space in the workshop is limited. Participants are expected to stay for the duration.

Janelia covers the cost of accommodation, meals and reasonable travel expenses for accepted participants. We especially encourage applications from women and those who identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science.

To be considered, applicants must APPLY online and provide:

  1. Research Abstract
  2. Answers to two Scientific Thought Questions
  3. Current CV
  4. Recommendation Letter


I just wanted to know whether people from diverse background will be considered if they apply for this workshop. My work is mostly on animal behavior and neuroanatomy (doesn’t involve use of any machine learning algorithm), but I am interested in this field. I am actually planning to shift to this field in future. Please let me know whether I can because i want to apply for this workshop.



Hi @Pooja_Parishar,

Does your work make use of image processing, computer vision, or probabilistic modeling?

I am not an organizer myself, so the criteria for selecting participants is not up to me. In past workshops, the participants did come from a fairly wide variety of backgrounds. For instance, Kristin Branson, one of the organizers, does a lot of work studying animal behavior, so its possible your work could be a good fit.

The only way to know for sure is to apply!


@bogovicj a part of my work does involve IHC image processing. But overall my whole work involves hypothesis testing, data processing and IHC image processing. Thanks a lot for the help I am definitely going to apply.