Dr. Hanchuan Peng leads a group of computational neuroanatomy and smart imaging at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. His current research focuses on bioimage analysis and large-scale informatics, as well as computational biology. Before joining the Allen Institute, Peng was the head of a computational bioimage analysis lab at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus.
Peng's recent work includes developing novel and very efficient algorithms for 3D and higher-dimensional image analysis and data mining, building single-neuron whole-brain level 3-D digital atlases for model animals, and Vaa3D (http://vaa3d.org), which is a high-performance visualization-assisted analysis system for large 3D/multi-dimensional biological and biomedical-image datasets. He built the first neuron stereotypy map of a fruit fly brain, co-developed the first single cell resolution 3D digital maps of C elegans, and led one of the largest studies to-date on 3D brain image registration and standardization. He was also the inventor of the widely cited minimum-redundant maximum-relevance (mRMR) feature/variable selection algorithm in machine learning and data mining.
Peng was a recipient of Cozzarelli Prize (2013) for his collaborative research on dragonfly neurons, which "recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences (USA)".
Peng was the founder of the annual Bioimage Informatics meetings. He currently serves as the section editor of BMC Bioinformatics for the section of imaging, bioimage analysis, and data visualization. He also serves on the editorial board of Bioinformatics (Oxford) and a few other journals.