We had prepared two ‘challenges’ to work on; a deep learning introduction to analyse brain MRI, and a virtual reality challenge using the Oculus Rift. 25 students from eight different universities (Imperial, UCL, King’s, Oxford, Brighton, Warwick, Cambridge and Buckingham) came and spent the day getting to know the software and picking up coding skills from me and one another.
The majority of the group came to learn with little prior experience, so we had prepared introductory examples in Python and some ideas for example applications (gender classification, age regression, brain segmentation).
Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun, and the group formation worked really well. One group tried to map neural nets to random forests based on a recent paper, and the other group looked into predicting fMRI measurements.
Of course, there was so much to do in just two days, but everyone managed to get some solid coding done, and the social and professional networking aspect of the event was a real benefit for those involved.
For more information about the challenges, and links to resources, see our CodeFest GitHub page.
Jayendra from Warwick:
“It was an amazing experience of learning and working together. The provided sample examples were really helpful to understand and reuse to apply our own idea. In our team one member was really good with coding so we learn to code efficiently from him by modifying existing code with our own idea. I hope, similar events will be organized in future with specific interest in cardiac images.”
Martin from Imperial:
“Thanks again for a great codefest! Apologies for all my beginner questions, but it has given me a great flying start.”