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RIKEN Center for Brain Science Connectome Analysis Unit

Unit Leader: Alexander Woodward (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

Alexander  Woodward(Ph.D.)

Our research focuses on mapping and analyzing the neuronal connectivity (connectome) of the brain. The challenge is how to automatically process and understand diverse experimental data of ever-increasing size and complexity. We take a computational approach to solve this and are developing digital brain atlases, connectome based brain simulation, and a comprehensive neuroimaging database platform. As a member of the Brain/MINDS project, our group applies these solutions to study the brain of the common marmoset monkey. Connectome analysis, including that of different species and diseased states, will advance our understanding of the brain and also give insight into creating new artificial intelligence.

Main Research Fields

  • Informatics

Related Research Fields

  • Complex Systems
  • Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering
  • Intelligent information processing
  • Computer vision
  • Neuroinformatics


  • Connectomics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer vision
  • Databasing
  • Brain simulation

Selected Publications

  • 1.Woodward, A., Hashikawa, T., Maeda, M., Kaneko, T., Hikishima, K., Iriki, A., Okano, H., Yamaguchi, Y.:
    "The Brain/MINDS 3D digital marmoset brain atlas"
    Scientific Data volume 5, Article number: 180009 (2018)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Alexander Woodward
Unit Leader

Contact Information

Second floor, room N207,
Brain Science Central Building
2-1 Hirosawa,
Wako-shi, Saitama
351-0198, Japan
Email: cau-contact [at] ml.riken.jp