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In Memoriam A Tribute to: Keith Worsley --19512009
 

Summary: In Memoriam
A Tribute to: Keith Worsley -- 19512009
Jonathan Taylor, Alan Evans, Karl Friston
Department of Statistics, Stanford University, CA, USA
The McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, UK
Legend has it that Keith's introduction to neuroimaging followed a
chance encounter in a verdant corner of McGill University. One of us
(Alan Evans) found Keith gathering maple leaves in the fond hope that
variations in their shape would provide a useful source of data, against
which to test his statistical ideas. This was in the late 80s when PET
scanners had just started producing images of cerebral hemody-
namics. It was suggested to Keith that there were more than enough
data in functional neuroimaging for his machinations: A suggestion
that Keith took seriously. This is one of the key events in the inception
of modern imaging neuroscience; although probably not the best day
for the study of maple leaves.
It is difficult to imagine human brain mapping without Keith's
contributions. All mainstream inference in neuroimaging rests upon
his ideas and the transcription of those ideas into understandable

  

Source: Adler, Robert J. - Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

 

Collections: Mathematics; Engineering