Neural network based pattern matching and spike detection tools and services - in the CARMEN neuroinformatics project

Martyn Fletcher, Bojian Liang, Leslie Smith, Alastair Knowles, Tom Jackson, Mark Jessop, Jim Austin

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In the study of information flow in the nervous system, component processes can be investigated using a range of electrophysiological and imaging techniques. Although data is difficult and expensive to produce, it is rarely shared and collaboratively exploited. The Code Analysis, Repository and Modelling for e-Neuroscience (CARMEN) project addresses this challenge through the provision of a virtual neuroscience laboratory: an infrastructure for sharing data, tools and services. Central to the CARMEN concept are federated CARMEN nodes, which provide: data and metadata storage, new, thirdparty and legacy services, and tools. In this paper, we describe the CARMEN project as well as the node infrastructure and an associated thick client tool for pattern visualisation and searching, the Signal Data Explorer (SDE). We also discuss new spike detection methods, which are central to the services provided by CARMEN. The SDE is a client application which can be used to explore data in the CARMEN repository, providing data visualization, signal processing and a pattern matching capability. It performs extremely fast pattern matching and can be used to search for complex conditions composed of many different patterns across the large datasets that are typical in neuroinformatics. Searches can also be constrained by specifying text based metadata filters. Spike detection services which use wavelet and morphology techniques are discussed, and have been shown to outperform traditional thresholding and template based systems. A number of different spike detection and sorting techniques will be deployed as services within the CARMEN infrastructure, to allow users to benchmark their performance against a wide range of reference datasets. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1076-1084
Number of pages9
JournalNeural Networks
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • Grid
  • Pattern matching
  • Neural networks
  • Spike detection
  • Neuroinformatics

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