The Hierarch of Cosyne

Attention warning: I appear to be in the list-making and ranking mood, lately. This list is probably not 100% accurate. This is from every Cosyne except 2012 & 2013 (seriously, get the list of posters up in a non-PDF form, I ain’t scraping that.)

I thought that a good way to get a handle on who is active in the computational neuroscience community would be to see who presents the most posters at Cosyne. Presumably, the more active you are, the more posters that you will have. There are obvious biases here: bigger labs will have more posters, international researchers have a harder time making it to Cosyne, and some people (eg Terry Sejnowski) just aren’t interested in showing up. So take this for what it is.

cosyne names

This year the winner of the ‘Most Posters’ award (aka, The Hierarch of Cosyne) was Wulfram Gerstner with 6 posters, followed by Jonathan Pillow, Tatyana Sharpee, and Maneesh Sahani with 5.

Historically, the number of posters follows a power law (with obeisance given to Cosma Shalizi, noting this is probably not a power law and I’m too lazy to test it.)

Here is the ranking of most Cosyne posters aka the “Pope of Cosyne” award – remember that I’m unfortunately omitting 2012-2013:

(32) Liam Paninski

(22) Maneesh Sahani

(18) Jonathan Pillow

(16) Wei Ji Ma

(15) Paul Schrater, Markus Meister

(14) Masato Okada, Peter Dayan

(13) Wulfram Gerstner, Vijay Balasubramanian, Mate Lengyel, Zach Mainen, Alexendre Pouget, Krishnan Shenoy

I was going to make a connectivity diagram but I realized I have no idea how! If anyone has a tool that is easy to use, let me know.

(Incidentally, the most common last name was ‘Wang’ followed by ‘Paninski’)


5 thoughts on “The Hierarch of Cosyne

  1. Nice. I tried pdftotext on the PDF program book of 2013, and it is too messy. I guess one can extract the author names from the author index first then search for the names but that’s still probably painful. Why not ask the corresponding program chairs?

  2. Pingback: #Cosyne2015, by the numbers | neuroecology

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