Brain-Art Competition 2016

  1. Best Representation of the Human Connectome
  2. Best Abstract/Freestyle Brain Illustration
  3. Best Image Resulting from an Error or Bug
  4. Best Video Illustration of the Brain
  5. Best “Under 14” Brain Illustration
  6. Special Topic: Best Multimodal Brain Illustration

Congratulations to the winners:

Best Representation of the Human Connectome

Brain Connectivity Leap
Filipe Sobreira Rodrigues
Champalimaud Foundation

Best Abstract Brain Illustration

Mindgazing
Jean Marcello

Best Humorous Brain Illustration

Brain Broccoli
Marc Ramos Bruach
Mint Labs

Glial Cell Yarn Bombing
Jane P. Sheldon
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Best Video Illustration of the Brain

Staging the Connectome
Katja Heuer, Joachim Böttger, Ralph Schurad, Alfred Anwander

BrainParty 2016!
Katja Heuer, Christoph Leuze, Alfred Anwander, Ahmad Kanaan

Special Topic: Best Stationary Representation of Brain Dynamics

swirls of synchrony
Pierre Bellec
CRIUGM, Université de Montréal

Best Brain Icon

Brain Fingerprint
Emily Finn
Yale University

Brain Yin-Yang
David Coynel
University of Basel

Note on Licensing: All submissions to the Brain Art Competition 2016 are the artists’ own work, and protected under the following Creative Commons license:
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Best Representation of the Human Connectome

Slicing a tractography
Nicolás Delgado
MintLabs S.L.
Slicing a tractography

Animated image from a whole brain tractography and a T1.

Brain Connectivity
Leap Filipe Sobreira Rodrigues
Champalimaud Foundation

Hello, my name is Filipe Rodrigues and I’m a biomedical engineer from Lisbon who’s recently started working as a research technician at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme. This is something I developed in Unity3D (with a Leap Motion controller) while I was still at the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering (IBEB), working on my master’s thesis. It is essentially an interactive VR interface in which the user can use his/her hands to disturb a 3D reconstruction (based on T1-weighted MR images) of a human brain and its underlying network of connectivity graphs (calculated using DTI).

Best Abstract Brain Illustration

Best Humorous Brain Illustration

Special Topic: Best Stationary Representation of Brain Dynamics

Best Video Illustration of the Brain

UK Biobank Brain Imaging
Fidel Alfaro Almagro
FMRIB – Oxford University

UK Biobank is a large-scale (500,000 participants) open access prospective epidemiological study. It is now in the process of bringing back 100,000 of the original participants for brain, heart and body MRI, carotid ultrasound and DXA bone/fat imaging. The brain imaging covers 6 modalities (T1, T2 FLAIR, swMRI, Resting fMRI, Task fMRI and Diffusion MRI). Data from the first 5,000 subjects has recently been acquired and released for general research access.

MRI Data Visualization
Tyler Ard
University of Southern California, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging

A visualization of MRI data from a single subject. Data includes a T1-weighted image from which we derive the brain surface and the hippocampal segmentation (blue) via Freesurfer, and diffusion tractography. Data was collected with care, and visualized with awesome.

All connections lead to the Brainstem
Nicolás Delgado
MintLabs S.L.

Starting from the brainstem, all its connections start growing and activate the connected regions. One of the destination regions is randomly chosen and its connections start growing iteratively.

3D Tumor visualization
Nicolás Delgado
MintLabs S.L.

3D visualization of a tumor, showing whole brain tractography and animated cortex regions.

Solaris
Vadim Epstein

Abstract visual metaphor for internal brain processes. Named after famous thinking ocean from the novel of Stanislav Lem. sound: Species of Fishes “313(7!2I(!30’/ [\/3I2$10I\i]” (used with permission)

Solaris (short version)
Vadim Epstein

Abstract visual metaphor for internal brain processes. Named after famous thinking ocean from the novel of Stanislav Lem. sound: Species of Fishes “313(7!2I(!30’/ [\/3I2$10I\i]” (used with permission)

BrainParty 2016!
Katja Heuer*, Christoph Leuze**, Alfred Anwander*, Ahmad Kanaan*
*Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, **Stanford University

Party visuals based on human brain data. The video shows a flight through structural, functional and diffusion MRI data of the human brain visualized with brainGL and transformed with kaleidoscopic transformations.

The Ar front to back are shown in green — fibres from top to bottom are blue and fibres which interconnect the two hemispheres are red.
Staging the Connectome” allowst of MR. Staging the Connectome.

Katja Heuer, Joachim Böttger, Ralph Schurade and Alfred Anwander
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

This interactive installation uses high resolution state-of-the-art data derived from the Leipzig Max Planck Institute‚Äôs magnetic resonance imaging systems. In addition to the cortical anatomy, we visualise the shape of anatomical connections between functional areas. “Staging the Connectome” allows viewers to explore the brain and its connections while navigating the data with their own movement. An Xbox Kinect tracks the position of the users‚Äô heads inside the room. For one viewer, one or multiple perpendicular slices are projected with a very direct coupling of user movement and slice transition‚Äîit feels like walking through your own brain. For two viewers, two so-called regions of interest are coupled with the viewers‚Äô head positions, and the fibre connections between these two are displayed. In this visualisation format you can explore neuroscientific data in an intuitive way‚ the proportions of the brain are respected and directly translate into the virtual brain space of approximately 3.5 by 2.5 by 2.5 meters.