Brandon Forys

Hi there! I'm a PhD student at UBC Psychology and an avid explorer of psychology, neuroscience, and AI.

Organizations I've worked with

Current projects

Here's what I've been working on lately:
MesoNet

A toolbox for automatically identifying brain regions in calcium imaging data.

DeepCut2RealTime

We adapted a leading pose-tracking system to work in real time and integrate with GPIO output.

Research

Right now, I'm exploring how people use effort to get things they like and avoid things they don't like, as well as what makes a sound unpleasant or pleasant. I also develop computer vision solutions for tracking animal movements and analyzing their brain activity, so that we can better understand how people recover from stroke. I'm also characterizing the regulation of stress-related hormones in rats.

Teaching

Through teaching others about topics that interest me, I learn a lot about a variety of topics: what fascinates people and what drives them, to name a few. As co-founder of the AMS Turing Club at UBC, I helped people explore AI by developing their own programs, so that anyone from any background could use AI to aid their lives or revolutionize their field. As a Psychology teaching assistant at UBC, I help guide students through foundational psychology courses and cutting-edge research.

Web Development

As a volunteer web developer for The Ubyssey, the most read student-run newspaper in Canada, I implemented new features on the website and fixed issues on the ubyssey.ca website. I also contributed to Dispatch, an open source publishing platform developed by the Ubyssey. On the side, I develop websites for organizations like the Turing Club.