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INCF Working Group on Neuroinformatics for Aging

Active, Soliciting members

Toshiharu Nakai, National Center for Geriatrics & Gerontology
Eric Tatt Wei Ho, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS


Countries in Asia Pacific face a major societal burden due to decline in mental abilities and health of the rapidly aging population. The technology solutions to this challenge will come from the intersection of aging neuroscience, cognitive engineering and information sciences. We call this field neuroinformatics for aging, where the management and analysis of data will be combined with neurorobotics, neuropsychology, clinical neurology and social neuroscience to delay the decline or improve the mental abilities among the aging. The Working Group hosts a scientific symposium, an annual meeting between neuroscientists, neuroinformaticians, roboticists, neuropsychiatrists, neurologists and neurosurgeons. Forging international collaborations will be the primary goal at these meetings, as the means to (1) find and match expertise to project needs of each member group/country (2) promote the dissemination of tools, analysis techniques and knowledge of neuroinformatics (3) raise the visibility of neuroinformatics to researchers and clinicians from each member country through important use-cases in aging.

How we work

Yearly conference. Publishing under a joint theme at Frontiers.


Toshiharu Nakai, National Center for Geriatrics & Gerontology
Eric Tatt Wei Ho, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
Fan-Pei Gloria Yang, National Tsinghua University
Muzaimi Mustapha, Universiti Sains
Ahmad Fadzil Mohd Hani, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
Hirohisa Watanabe, Nagoya University
Annabel SH Chen, Nanyang Technological University


This Working Group works towards three initial objectives which are:

  • To establish a shared Asia Pacific neuroinformatics data repository and analytics workflows to be seeded by collaborators from Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia & Singapore 
  • To define collaborative research projects and seek joint funding from national funders
  • To develop a collaborative plan for neuroinformatics training i.e. annual short courses for graduate & postdoctoral students specifically for the Asia Pacific region.
Completed Deliverables

“Neuroimaging and Informatics for Successful Aging” Research Topic in Frontiers