In February 2015 , the Centre for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research (CISIR), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) became the Malaysian Node for International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF).
INCF is an international non-profit organization devoted to advancing the field of neuroinformatics consisting of 18 member countries and associated research groups, consortia, funding agencies and publishers in the field. The Secretariat, located in Stockholm Sweden, is the central office of INCF and is responsible for overall scientific and administrative activities. It assists the National Nodes and plays an active role in furthering neuroinformatics through outreach.
As a National Node, CISIR will coordinate INCF neuroinformatics activity within Malaysia and to provide a connection with the Secretariat. CISIR will play an active role in formulating and implementing INCF Programs. For this year, CISIR will focus on community building activities such as starting collaborations within clinical neurosciences.
Image left: Head of Malaysia Node, Prof. Ahmad Fadzil M. Hani (left) and Node Coordinator, Dr. Eric Tatt Wei Ho (right) with INCF Secretariat (Traumatic Brain Injury Project Manager), Jeannette Söderberg and INCF Scientific Director, Prof. Sean Hill
The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) was established through the Global Science Forum of the OECD to develop an international neuroinformatics infrastructure, which promotes the sharing of data and computing resources to the international research community. INCF seeks to develop scalable, portable and extensible applications that can be used by neuroscience laboratories worldwide.
Benefits to Member Countries
INCF develops and maintains database and computational infrastructure for neuroscientists. Software tools and standards for the international neuroinformatics community are being developed through the INCF Programs, which address infrastructural issues of high importance to the neuroscience community.
A cloud-based data federation - the INCF Dataspace - has been developed to enable collaboration between researchers through the sharing of neuroscience data, text, images, sounds, movies, models and simulations.
Currently there are 4 program areas:
National Nodes have priority access to training materials, are actively promoted by the INCF with the focus on national research activities and interests and have exclusive access to collaborative opportunities during the Node Workshops twice per year.
National nodes also have representation on the INCF Governing Board to
The INCF Community thus far consists of more than 180 researchers from 17 member countries and associated research groups, consortia, funding agencies and publishers in the field. The National Nodes are established to coordinate neuroinformatics activity within a country and to provide a connection with the Secretariat and they play an active role in formulating and implementing INCF Programs. The Secretariat, located in Stockholm Sweden, is the central office of INCF and is responsible for overall scientific and administrative activities.