Pereira, Francisco Pereira. You can email me by clicking .


I am a research scientist at Siemens Corporate Technology, working on neuro- and medical imaging.
I am the project manager and one of the principal investigators in a team in the IARPA Knowledge Representation in Neural Systems program.

I was a postdoc in the Botvinick Lab (and a frequent lurker in the Computational Memory Lab) at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

Previously I got my Ph.D. in the Computer Science Department at CMU, working with Tom Mitchell and Geoff Gordon. I was also a student in the graduate training program of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, working in collaboration with the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging. I got my undergraduate degree at the Computer Science Department of the University of Porto, in Portugal.


what's in the box?
My area of research is the development and application of machine learning methods to answering scientific questions in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. I work with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral experiment data, with the goals of understanding how stimuli and mental constructs in the brain of a subject manifest in those data and, conversely, may be inferred from them. I am also interested in applying these methods in diagnostic or clinical study settings, using fMRI and other imaging modalities -- structural, diffusion or spectroscopy -- as well as various biomarkers and cognitive tests.

If you want to know more about my work

open-source software

These MATLAB+C toolboxes are geared towards doing "searchlight"-style analyses over the entire brain, considering all overlapping small voxel neighbourhoods, in seconds: Other toolboxes:


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