Trends and Features of Human Brain Research Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques: A Bibliometric Approach

  • Xieling Chen
  • Xinxin Zhang
  • Haoran Xie
  • Fu Lee Wang
  • Jun Yan
  • Tianyong HaoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1072)


Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays an increasingly important role in advancing human brain research, given the continually growing number of academic research articles in the last decade. Meanwhile, human brain research can provide opportunities for the development of innovative AI techniques. Exploring and tracking patterns of the scientific articles of human brain research using AI can provide a comprehensive overview of the interdisciplinary field. Thus, this paper presents a bibliometric analysis to identify research status and development trend of the field between 2009 and 2018. Specifically, we analyze annual distributions of articles and their citations, identify prolific journals and affiliations, and visualize characteristics of scientific collaboration. Furthermore, research topics are analyzed and revealed. The obtained findings benefit scholars in the field, to understand the current status of research as well as monitoring scientific and technological activities.


Human brain research Artificial Intelligence Bibliometric analysis Scientific collaboration Research hotspots 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61772146).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xieling Chen
    • 1
  • Xinxin Zhang
    • 2
  • Haoran Xie
    • 1
  • Fu Lee Wang
    • 3
  • Jun Yan
    • 4
  • Tianyong Hao
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Information TechnologyThe Education University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina
  2. 2.Institute for Brain Research and RehabilitationSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.School of Science and TechnologyThe Open University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina
  4. 4.AI LabYidu Cloud (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd.BeijingChina
  5. 5.School of Computer ScienceSouth China Normal UniversityGuangzhouChina

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