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October 4-5, 2012 / Freiburg, Germany

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When Oct 04, 2012 09:00 AM to
Oct 05, 2012 06:00 PM
Where Bernstein Center Freiburg, Hansastr. 9a, 79104 Freiburg
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iCoNeT PhD Conference: 
“Spiking Neural Networks – Dynamics, Structure and Plasticity”

The task of unravelling and understanding the principles of information processing in neuronal circuits (and the brain, more generally) poses, apart from numerous experimental questions, some of the most challenging theoretical problems of modern science, given the tremendous complexity involved at all levels (from molecules to behaviour).
Addressing fundamental questions towards this goal, such as the nature of neuronal coding, signal transmission and adaptation/plasticity can be adequately performed by theoretical investigations at the level of single neurons and neuronal assemblies. Spiking neural networks are models inspired in natural computing, based on dynamic, event-driven processing. Over the past decade or so, they have become a central research tool for studying several emergent computational properties of neuronal circuits and elucidating the links between computational properties and the global network behaviour.

Of critical relevance, in this regard, are the intricate relationships between the spatial organization (network structure) and temporal evolution (network dynamics) as well as the overall effect of different adaptation mechanisms.
Our aim is to invite distinguished scientists, whose recent work in the field of Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience is of focused interest and relevance to the work being currently developed at the BCF. The first day of the conference will be focused on the dynamics of spiking neural networks and the interplay between structure and dynamics, whereas the second day will be reserved for neuronal plasticity, namely theory and models of spike-timing-dependent plasticity, and the impact of plasticity in shaping the dynamics and computational capacity of spiking networks.

October 4, 2012:
Network dynamics and interactions of structure and dynamics

9:00 Welcome words from the organizers
9:15 Keynote Lecture: 
Moshe AbelesGonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center an der Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
“Generating Compound Mental Representations”
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Marc Timme - Network Dynamics Group, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany
“Network Dynamics as an inverse problem”
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Claus Hilgetag - Dept. of Computational Neuroscience, University Medical Center Eppendorf, Hamburg University, Germany
“Exploring the dynamics of neural network topology through simple excitable models”
15:30 Coffee break
15:45 Maurizio Mattia - Department of Technologies and Health, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy
“Inferring effective dynamics of simulated and cultured neuron networks”
17:15 Jaime de la Rocha - Cortical Circuit Dynamics Group, Institut D’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer, Barcelona, Spain
“Neuronal variability and its relation to perceptual decision making”
19:30 Conference dinner


October 5, 2012:
Neuronal plasticity (theory and models of STDP and the impact of plasticity in shaping the dynamics of spiking neural networks)

9:30 Keynote Lecture:  
Jesper Sjöström
 - Center for Research in Neuroscience, McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
"Spike-Timing- Dependent Plasticity"
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Cristina Savin - Computational and Biological Learning Lab, University of Cambridge, UK
“Circuit- and system-level contributions to successful memory retrieval in the hippocampus”
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Jean-Pascal Pfister - Computational and Biological Learning, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
“Computational perspectives on short-term and long-term plasticity”
15:15 Coffee break
15:45 Romain Brette - Hearing Lab, Département d'études cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
“Computing with neural synchrony: an ecological approach to neural computation”
17:00 Poster session & finger food




Jyotika Bahuguna
Renato C. Farinha Duarte
Fereshteh Lagzi



Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)


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