Rebecca A. Hutchinson

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Over the past decade, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has emerged as a powerful new instrument to collect vast quantities of data about activity in the human brain. A typical fMRI experiment can produce a three-dimensional image related to the human subject's brain activity every half second, at a spatial resolution of a few millimeters. As in(More)
We consider learning to classify cognitive states of human subjects, based on their brain activity observed via functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). This problem is important because such classifiers constitute " virtual sensors " of hidden cognitive states, which may be useful in cognitive science research and clinical applications. In recent(More)
We consider the problem of detecting the instantaneous cognitive state of a human subject based on their observed functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data. Whereas fMRI has been widely used to determine average activation in different brain regions, our problem of automatically decoding instantaneous cognitive states has received little attention.(More)
We present a new method for modeling fMRI time series data called Hidden Process Models (HPMs). Like several earlier models for fMRI analysis, Hidden Process Models assume that the observed data is generated by a sequence of underlying mental processes that may be triggered by stimuli. HPMs go beyond these earlier models by allowing for processes whose(More)
Citizen scientists, who are volunteers from the community that participate as field assistants in scientific studies [3], enable research to be performed at much larger spatial and temporal scales than trained scientists can cover. Species distribution modeling [6], which involves understanding species-habitat relationships, is a research area that can(More)
Important ecological phenomena are often observed indirectly. Consequently, probabilistic latent variable models provide an important tool, because they can include explicit models of the ecological phenomenon of interest and the process by which it is observed. However, existing latent variable methods rely on hand-formulated parametric models, which are(More)
—To avoid ecological collapse, we must manage Earth's ecosystems sustainably. Viewed as a control problem, the two central challenges of ecosystem management are to acquire a model of the system that is sufficient to guide good decision making and then optimize the control policy against that model. This paper describes three efforts aimed at addressing the(More)
Data quality is a common source of concern for large-scale citizen science projects like eBird. In the case of eBird, a major cause of poor quality data is the misiden-tification of bird species by inexperienced contributors. A proactive approach for improving data quality is to discover commonly misidentified bird species and to teach inexperienced birders(More)
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