Computational Neuroimaging


Research Activities

The ”Computational Neuroimaging” (CN) group is headed by Kristoffer H. Madsen. The main focus of the group is modelling and analysis of neuroimaging data based on machine learning methodology. The efforts within the group aim to improve sensitivity and interpretability of the vast amounts of data that are acquired with neuroimaging techniques through sophisticated modelling and analysis methods. Furthermore, the group makes significant contributions to a wide range of projects running within DRCMR.

The CN group maintains particularly close collaboration with the “Neurophysics” group headed by Axel Thielscher, the “Biophysically Adjusted State-Informed Cortex Stimulation (BaSiCs)” group headed by Hartwig R. Siebner, and the “Reward and Homeostasis” group headed by Oliver Hulme.

Key Research Areas

Modelling of functional connectivity

By continuous observation of brain activity, connectivity between brain areas can be inferred through the identification of statistical dependencies between signal from distinct brain areas. The research efforts within this area are mainly focused on unsupervised multivariate modelling CMA techniques for functional magnetic resonance imaging data (fMRI). Whereas traditional analyses of fMRI data typically involve inferring brain activity for each volume element (voxel) individually using a so-called mass-univariate approach. In contrast unsupervised multivariate modelling techniques aims to identify latent networks of functional connectivity by simultaneously considering all voxels in the brain in a combined multivariate model. Current efforts within this area are on multi-way extensions of unsupervised decomposition models, such as the well-known Independent Component Analysis, to naturally extend modelling of data recorded over several trials, sessions, subjects and modalities. One example is a Bayesian formulation of Independent Vector Analysis for modelling of functional networks across subjects in the presence of limited inter-subject variability. Additional research efforts are within Bayesian nonparametric modelling of fMRI data and investigations of predictability and reproducibility of unsupervised decomposition methods using resampling techniques.


Source localization for EEG/MEG

EEG and MEG data records electrical and magnetic electrophysiological signals respectively over a limited number of electrodes or sensors (in the order of hundreds) outside the skull. The so-called source localization problem is concerned with identifying the origin/source of these signals inside the brain. This ill-posed problem is challenging mainly because the conductive properties of the head renders the signals measured outside the skull very correlated, and because the number of sensors available are typically much less that the potential number of locations for the sources. In this research we aim to investigate how the quality of the head model, accuracy of the conductive properties of the head and the source localization model type and regularization. This is approached through rigorous biophysical head modelling in collaboration with the neurophysics group and functional multimodal validation experiments involving fMRI and simultaneous EEG/MEG of well established behavioral paradigms.

Associated Publications

Madsen KH, Ewald L, Siebner HR, Thielscher A. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: An Automated Procedure to Obtain Coil-specific Models for Field Calculations. Brain Stimul 2015. doi:10.1016/j.brs.2015.07.035.

Andersen KW, Madsen KH, Siebner HR, et al. Non-parametric Bayesian graph models reveal community structure in resting state fMRI. Neuroimage 2014;100C:301–15. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.05.083.

Jørgensen KW, Mørup M, Siebner HR, Madsen KH, Hansen LK. Identifying Modular Relations in Complex Brain Networks. IEEE Int. Work. Mach. Learn. Signal Process., 2012.

Mørup M, Hansen LK, Madsen KH. Frequency Constrained ShiftCP Modeling of Neuroimaging Data. Procedings Asilomar Conf. Signals, Syst. Comput. 2011, 2011.

Rasmussen PM, Madsen KH, Lund TE, Hansen LK. Visualization of nonlinear kernel models in neuroimaging by sensitivity maps. Neuroimage 2011;55:1120–31. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.12.035.

Rasmussen PM, Abrahamsen TJ, Madsen KH, Hansen LK. Nonlinear denoising and analysis of neuroimages with kernel principal component analysis and pre-image estimation. Neuroimage 2012;60:1807–18. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.01.096.

Mørup M, Hansen LK, Arnfred SM, Lim L-H, Madsen KH. Shift-invariant multilinear decomposition of neuroimaging data. Neuroimage 2008;42:1439–50. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.05.062.

Jacobsen DJ, Hansen LK, Madsen KH. Bayesian model comparison in nonlinear BOLD fMRI hemodynamics. Neural Comput 2008;20:738–55. doi:10.1162/neco.2007.07-06-282.

Nielsen FA, Christensen MS, Madsen KH, Lund TE, Hansen LK. fMRI neuroinformatics. IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag 2006;25:112–9.

Lund TE, Madsen KH, Sidaros K, Luo W-L, Nichols TE. Non-white noise in fMRI: does modelling have an impact? Neuroimage 2006;29:54–66. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.07.005.

Group Members

Kasper Winther Andersen


Jesper Duemose Nielsen

PhD Student

Lærke Karen Krohne

Research Assistant

Kristoffer Hougaard Madsen

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External Collaborators

Morten Mørup

Section for Cognitive System, DTU Compute

Prof. Lars Kai Hansen

Section for Cognitive System, DTU Compute

Prof. Fang Wang

Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Science

Prof. Rong Xue

Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Nathan W. Churchill

Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Canada

Prof. Raymond Chan

Institute of Physchology, Chinese Academy of Sciences