Hi everybody! We’ve heard from scientist alexh this afternoon, and he has let us know he dropped by earlier today and left plenty of comments for us to ponder and work with on our currently running challenges. If you’re looking to pick up some extra points, check those comments and see if you can assist. He is estimating we still have a fair bit to go on these, so it’s a safe bet we won’t be closing these until midweek at the earliest.
In related news, we are currently working on some updates to our website, as well as gameplay improvements and hope to roll those out soon. One of these important changes will allow us to add a scrollbar to the side of the challenges list, meaning we can add even newer challenges while we finish up others.
As always, we look forward to your thoughts on challenge volume when that happens over in our forums.
Want to work with us on Mozak? We’re hiring software engineers! Apply now: http://hr.uw.edu/jobs/ - job #s 140499 & 140497
Similar to Mouse-ALM-06, this newest challenge does not yet have a gold standard, which means the community’s traces are important and accurate traces are likely to be used as a starting point for our collaborating scientists.
Behind the scenes, we’ve been working on a big new feature for the past month or so that is nearly ready to see the light of day and of course, get ready for your input. We appreciate everyone’s patience and hope to start tackling some of the other great suggestions that have come up in the meantime once that’s out the door.
This latest neuron returns to the Primary Visual Cortex. Our partners at the Allen Institute of Brain Science have already reconstructed the gold standard and estimate it would take 4 hours of work to trace.
Also make sure to finish up work on Mouse-ALM-04 by this Thursday at noon PST. We will be sending the AIBS scientists the trace results of the last 3 finished neurons at that time in addition to posting a new neuron to work on.