philosophy

This world is already an incredibly beautiful and lovely place to live (at least for me, for now). We are motivated by a desire to make it even better for all of us, as well as our descendants, and our fellow inhabitants. We do so via searching for patterns. Specifically, we seek patterns in our physical worlds (e.g., our bodies, our brains) as well as our mental worlds (e.g., our perceptions, experiences, memories, thoughts, emotions, psychiatric conditions). More importantly, we seek to understand patterns in our mental worlds in terms of our physical worlds. Our hope and belief is that via developing a deeper understanding of the links between these worlds, we will be able to improve both. A primary motivating factor is that all humans have brains and therefore such ideas could directly benefit all of humankind. In alignment with our intentions, all of our research products are freely available to all. For more formal/technical/jargony details see my research page, my cv, our publications, conference posters, invited talks, code and the open connectome project's github page and webpage.

recent updates

Mar 20, 2014
Funded! "Synaptomes of Mouse and Man." 08/01/14-07/31/19. Role: Co-I. NIH RFA-RM-13-008 (TRA), $10,884,605.
Mar 17, 2014
Accepted to Science! JT Vogelstein, Y Park, T Ohyama, R Kerr, JW Truman, CE Priebe, M Zlatic. Discovery of Brainwide Neural-Behavioral Maps via Multiscale Unsupervised Structure Learning. abstract, website, pdf, code, reuters, data.
Mar 14, 2014
Posted to arxiv. W Gray Roncal, et al. Volumetric Exploitation of Synaptic Information using Context Localization and Evaluation.
Mar 5, 2014
Accepted pending revisions at Nature Scientific Data. NC Weiler, FC Collman, JT Vogelstein, R Burns, SJ Smith. Molecular architecture of barrel synapses following experience dependent plasticity .
Feb 27, 2014
DARPA BAA-13-20 (GRAPHS) grant funded! "Scalable Brain Graph Analyses Using Big-Memory, High-IOPS Compute Architectures."
Feb 19, 2014
Accepted to Science pending revisions: JT Vogelstein, Y Park, T Ohyama, R Kerr, JW Truman, CE Priebe, M Zlatic. Discovery of Brainwide Neural-Behavioral Maps via Multiscale Unsupervised Structure Learning.
Jan 31, 2014
Accepted pending revisions at PLOS ONE: EM Sweeney, JT Vogelstein, et al. Using a canon to kill a mosquito: a comparison of machine learning techniques in the context of MS lesion segmentation in structural MRI.
Jan 31, 2014
Submitted something to ICML :-)
Jan 15, 2014
Submitted to Journal of Classification: V Lyzinski, S Adali, JT Vogelstein, Y Park, CE Priebe. Seeded Graph Matching Via Joint Optimization of Fidelity and Commensurability. arxiv.
Jan 14, 2014
Video lecture of my talk last year at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, University of Utah, posted here.
Jan 14, 2014
Submitted to JMLR: V Lyzinski, DL Sussman, DE Fishkind, H Pao, JT Vogelstein, CE Priebe. Seeded graph matching for large stochastic block model graphs. arxiv.
Jan 5, 2014
Submitted to Nature Scientific Data: NC Weiler, FC Collman, JT Vogelstein, R Burns, SJ Smith. Molecular architecture of barrel synapses following experience dependent plasticity. Data available for download from our OCP Array Tomography page.
Dec 25, 2013
Submitted to Science: JT Vogelstein, Y Park, T Ohyama, R Kerr, JW Truman, CE Priebe, M Zlatic. Discovery of Brainwide Neural-Behavioral Maps via Multiscale Unsupervised Structure Learning.
Dec 20, 2013
Accepted to Journal of Classification: JT Vogelstein, et al. Shuffled Graph Classification: Theory and Applications in Statistical Connectomics. arxiv, code.
Dec 10, 2013
Giving talk at NIPS Workshop on "Acquiring and analyzing the activity of large neural ensembles". My talk will be called something like: "Statistical Models and Inference for Big Brain-Graphs".
Dec 6, 2013
Posted to arxiv "Parallel inversion of huge covariance matrices".
Dec 5, 2013
3 papers at NIPS this year, come check out the posters (see cv for details)!
Dec 2, 2013
2 papers at Global SIP this year, come check out the posters (see cv for details)!


email: jo.vo@duke.edu
office: 3rd flr, gross chem
phone: 443.858.9911
social networking:
github, LinkedIn, twitter
skype: joshyv
address:
campus box 90984
140 science drive
duke university
durham, nc 27708-0984