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BrainDisC PhD Conference 2018

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October 1&2, 2018 / Freiburg, Germany

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When Oct 01, 2018 09:30 AM to
Oct 02, 2018 06:00 PM
Where Bernstein Center Freiburg, Hansastr. 9a, 79104 Freiburg
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BrainDisC PhD Conference 2018:
“Neuroscience: Perspectives from academia and industry”


Annually, the PhD students of BrainDisC, the in-house PhD program of the Bernstein Center Freiburg (BCF), organize a scientific event where selected experts in neuroscience present their work and get acquainted with the research performed at the BCF, in an environment favorable to the exchange of ideas.

The invited scientists are selected not only on the basis of the relevance of their work to the field of neuroscience in general, and to students’ own research in particular, but also having in mind a balanced selection of experimentalists and theoreticians.



Monday, October 1, 2018


Registration & Coffee


Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 - 11:00

Keynote Lecture: Christian Ruff (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Dazed and confused? Neural origins of variability in goal-directed behavior

11:00 - 12:00

Marco Wittmann (University of Oxford, UK)

Multiple representations of past choices and rewards guide decision making in frontal cortex

12:00 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

Robert Schmidt (University of Sheffield, UK)

The trinity of striatal dopamine signals: action potentials, diffusion, and receptor binding

14:30 - 15:30

Anna Jasper (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA)

Predicting perceptual decisions using visual cortical population responses and choice history

15:30 - 17:30

Poster Presentation and Coffee


Conference Dinner at "Goldener Sternen"

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

9:30 - 10:00

Morning Coffee

10:00 - 10:45

Tayfun Gürel (NVIDIA, Helsinki, Finland)

Deep Learning for perception of the environment in self driving cars

10:45 - 11:30

Noah Dolev (wix.com, Tel Aviv, Israel)

Assessing error for people in a rush

11:30 - 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 - 12:30

Ulrich Froriep (Fraunhofer ITEM, Hanover, Germany)

Neural implants in the valley of death

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Abigail Morrison (Research Centre Jülich, Germany)

Virtual Optogenetics in Virtual Mice with Virtual Brains

15:00 - 16:00

Sadra Sadeh (University College London, UK)

Circuit mechanisms underlying spatial frequency selectivity during dynamic visual stimuli

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30

Arvind Kumar (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)

Low dimensional manifolds of neuronal activity


Finger Food and End of the Conference



Ali Mahmoodi
Diego M. Vieira




Promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


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