Entrance hall of the ICMS

Neurodynamics: a workshop on heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity in neural systems

Mar 05, 2012 - Mar 07, 2012

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

Organisers

Name Institution
Coombes, Stephen University of Nottingham
Timofeeva, Yulia University of Warwick

Training Workshop "Tutorial Day" Organiser:
Mark van Rossum, University of Edinburgh

 

Although mathematical work on Neurodynamics has increased in recent years, the study of heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity needs much further attention.  A firmer mathematical framework for treating dynamical systems with these attributes will pave the way for a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamic states of biological neural networks, and their role in facilitating natural computation.  This three-day conference will bring together experts in these key areas to seed a new phase of theoretical work to develop those pieces of mathematical theory which are critical for future realistic modelling studies of the brain.

The meeting will consist of invited speakers and registered participants, though will be limited to 100 people. The schedule will allow for a number of poster presentations.
This event is sponsored by the EPSRC in association with the UK Mathematical Neuroscience Network.

 

Arrangements

Please note that the main workshop will begin with registration from 09.00-10.30 on Monday 5 March (first talk at 10.45) and will close at 16.15 on Wednesday 7 March.   Please take these timings into account when booking your travel. 

Participation
Registration is now open:  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM.
   Places are limited to 100 and will be allocated mainly on a first-come/first-served basis.  Early application is encouraged.   The application period will close as soon as capacity is reached.
Invited Speakers will receive a personalised e-mailed invitation with a link to their own registration form.

Training Workshop "Tutorial Day" - Informatics Forum, Edinburgh (please note that this training workshop has a different venue from the main meeting).
This is a one-day tutorial on PhD student-level, covering key concepts in mathematical neuroscience, in particular those relevant for the main meeting.  The event will take place  (on Sunday 4 March 2012) in the Informatics Forum jointly with the DTC for Neuroinformatics.  This tutorial day will be organised by Mark van Rossum.   For further information about the Tutorial Day click here .  Map showing Informatics Forum

Further information and details about the Training Workshop Tutorial Day will be announced here in due course.  Click here for a map showing Informatics Forum

Venue for main conference (15 South College Street, Edinburgh)
The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA. All lectures will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre. To view this room and a list of the visual equipment available click here. In addition, two blackboards have recently been installed. Follow this link for a map showing the location of 15 South College Street, or this map may also prove useful. Invited speakers can either bring talks on a memory/usb stick or laptop.

Travel
Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.  Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 15.00 to 20.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 3.50 single or 6.00 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station and the workshop venue. 

Lothian buses charge £1.40 for a single, £3.50 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has two railway stations; Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.

UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.

Accommodation
Participants are asked to make their own accommodation arrangements. A list of Edinburgh accommodation of various sorts and prices is available here
Invited Speakers will be contacted separately by email regarding accommodation - ICMS will book hotel accommodation for Invited Speakers and will email full details of the booking.

Financial Assistance
Some financial assistance is available to assist graduate students who attend BOTH the training workshop and the main workshop.  Applicants should provide a brief résumé including degrees and at least one recommendation letter explaining their suitability for the activity.  The résumé and letter should be emailed to audrey.brown at icms.org.uk .  Students requesting financial support will be notified of the outcome by 13 January 2012.  

Registration Fee and Financial Matters
The registration fee for this workshop is 100.00 GBP.  Further details regarding payment will follow at a later date. 

Poster Sessions
Only A1 Portrait posters will be accepted due to space restrictions and the number of posters submitted.   
Those wishing to present a poster should indicate this on the application form and supply a provisional title for the poster.   The title can updated nearer the time of the workshop.  Further details regarding the Poster Sessions will follow at a later date. 

Meals and Refreshments
Refreshments will be provided during the breaks in the Programme.  On Tuesday 6 March and Wednesday 7 March there will be a light buffet lunch provided.  The Conference Dinner will take place on Tuesday 6 March at 19.00 at Howie's Restaurant, 29 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ (see map).

Wireless Access
The workshop venue, 15 South College Street, has wireless access throughout. On arrival you will be given instructions and a code for accessing the wireless network.

Registration Fee and Financial Matters
The registration fee for this meeting is 100.00 GBP.  This should be paid by FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY by completing the details on this credit/debit card payment form.   As email is not secure, please print the form and return it by fax using the fax number at the top of the form.   ICMS will take your payment and a receipt will be sent to you.  Alternatively, we can accept sterling cheques, made payable to Heriot-Watt University but sent to Audrey Brown, ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA.  If you have any difficulty in paying in advance, please email Audrey Brown (email address below).   For Speakers only - no registration fee is required - you will be given a claim form for travel expenses when you arrive at Registration.  

All enquiries about arrangements for this workshop should be addressed to audrey.brown at icms.org.uk   

 

Programme

Sunday 4 Mar 2012   One-day training course for PhD students at the Informatics Forum, covering key concepts in heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity in neural systems.  Tutorial lectures by Wechselberger, Kuske, Clopath and Wolf.

 

Monday 5 Mar 2012 

09.00 - 10.30

Registration - ground floor, 15 South College Street

10.30 - 10.45

Welcome and introductions

10.45 - 11.15

Toni Guillamon (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
Isochron-based extensions of phase response curves

11.15 - 11.45

Martin Wechselberger (University of Sydney)
Pseudo-plateau bursting in a pituitary cell model - a geometric theory

11.45 - 12.15

Peter Ashwin (University of Exeter)
Criteria for robustness of heteroclinic cycles in neural microcircuits

12.15 - 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 - 14.30

Rachel Kuske (University of British Columbia)
Interactions of noise and bifurcation structure in neural dynamics

14.30 - 15.00

Stephen Coombes (University of Nottingham)
Interface dynamics in planar neural field models

15.00 - 17.00

Open discussion of new and important research areas in Mathematical Neuroscience (panel led)

17.00 - 18.30

Poster session and wine reception - 15 South College Street

 

Tuesday 6 Mar 2012

09.00 - 09.30

Boris Gutkin (École Normale Supérieure)
Uncovering intrinsic spike generating dynamics with noise: case of inverse stochastic resonance in neurons

09.30 - 10.00

Nicholas Swindale (University of British Columbia)
The relationship between spikes and local field potentials during periods of spontaneous activity in cat visual cortex

10.00 - 10.45

Coffee

10.45 - 11.15

Stefan Rotter (University of Freiburg)
Spike train correlations derived from anatomical microstructure

11.15 - 11.45

Alessandro Torcini (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
Stability of the splay state in networks of pulse-coupled neurons

11.45 – 12.15

Fred Wolf (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization)
Theoretical neuroscience, nonlinear dynamics and synchronization in cortical neural networks, function and development of the visual cortex, sensory processing in the auditory system

12.15 -13.00

Buffet lunch (in the Chapterhouse, ground floor – to coincide with posters)

12.45 - 14.15

Poster session - 15 South College Street

14.15 – 18.00

Breakout sessions focusing on new scientific ideas arising at the conference

19.00

Conference Dinner - Howies, Waterloo Place

 

Wednesday 7 Mar 2012

09.00 - 09.30

Gabriel Lord (Heriot-Watt University)
Stochastic travelling waves and neural dendrites

09.30 - 10.00

Jonathan Touboul (College de France)
Stochastic neural fields: mean-field limits and dynamics

10.00 - 10.45

Coffee

10.45 – 11.15

Dmitri Chklovskii (Janelia Farm Research Campus)
Predictive coding in sensory systems

11.15 - 11.45

Carina Curto (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Encoding memories as perturbations of rank 1 threshold-linear networks

11.45 - 12.15

Claudia Clopath (Columbia University)
Storage of correlated patterns in binary and bistable Purkinje cell models 

12.15 - 14.00

Buffet lunch (in the Chapterhouse, ground floor)

14.00 - 16.00

Open discussion of future challenges and new directions in Neurodynamics (panel led)

16.00 – 16.15

Conclusion

 

Presentations:

Presentation Details
Ashwin, Peter
Criteria for robustness of heteroclinic cycles in neural microcircuits
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Chklovskii, Dmitri
Predictive coding in sensory systems
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Clopath, Claudia
Storage of correlated patterns in binary and bistable Purkinje cell models
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Coombes, Stephen
Interface dynamics in planar neural field models
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Curto, Carina
Encoding memories as perturbations of rank 1 threshold-linear networks
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Guillamon, Toni
Isochron-based extensions of phase response curves
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Gutkin, Boris
Uncovering intrinsic spike generating dynamics with noise: case of inverse stochasitc resonance in neurons
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Kuske, Rachel
Interactions of noise and bifurcation structure in neural dynamics
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Lord, Gabriel
Stochastic travelling waves and neural dendrites
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Rotter, Stefan
Spike train correlations derived from anatomical microstructure
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Swindale, Nicholas
The relationship between spikes and local field potentials during periods of spontaneous activity in cat visual cortex
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Torcini, Alessandro
Stability of the splay state in networks of pulse-coupled neurons
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Touboul, Jonathan
Stochastic neural fields: mean-field limits and dynamics
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Wechselberger, Martin
Pseudo-plateau bursting in a pituitary cell model - a geometric theory
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Participants

Name Institution
Ashwin, Peter University of Exeter
Avramidis, Eleftherios University of Exeter
Bamber, Jon University of Edinburgh
Bennett, James University of Oxford
Bick, Christian Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Borisyuk, Roman Plymouth University
Botcharova, Maria University College London
Bouchekhima, Nacer The University of Warwick
Caudron, Quentin University of Warwick
Chadwick, Angus University of Edinburgh
Chklovskii, Dmitri Janelia Farm Research Campus
Chua, Yam Song University of Freiburg
Clopath, Claudia Columbia Universtiy
Coombes, Stephen University of Nottingham
Corcoran, Thomas University of Sussex
Curto, Carina University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Cutts, Catherine University of Cambridge
Deniz, Taskin University of Freiburg
Donnelly, Simon University of Edinburgh
Elibol, Rahmi Istanbul Technical University
Fontolan, Lorenzo École Normale Supérieure
Garcia del Molino, Luis Carlos Collège de France
Garry, Daniel University of Manchester
Goodfellow, Marc University of Manchester
Guillamon, Toni Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Gutkin, Boris École Normale Supérieure
Harris, Kenneth Imperial College London
Hartley, Caroline University College London
Hass, Joachim Universität Heidelberg-Mannheim
Hebden, Peter University of Warwick
Hennig, Matthias University of Edinburgh
Hjorth, Johannes University of Cambridge
Hyafil, Alexandre École Normale Supérieure
Jarvis, Sarah University of Freiburg
Kuske, Rachel University of British Columbia
Lagzi, Fereshteh University of Freiburg
Legros, Alexandre Lawson Health Research Institute
Lewis, Sarah Imperial College London
Lobov, Sergey Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Lord, Gabriel Heriot-Watt
Lowe, Scott University of Edinburgh
Lynch, Stephen Manchester Metropolitan University
Merrison, Robert University of Plymouth
Michieletto, Davide University of Warwick
Modolo, Julien Lawson Health Research Institute
Mugruza Vassallo, Carlos University of Dundee
Muthmann, Jens-Oliver University of Edinburgh
Olmi, Simona Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
Padmanabhan, Ajith University of Freiburg
Pelko, Miha University of Edinburgh
Perez, Toni Newcastle University
Pieczkowski, Jan Kungliga Tekniska högskolan/University of Edinburgh
Puggioni, Paolo University of Edinburgh
Rotter, Stefan University of Freiburg
Russell, Noah University of Nottingham
Santamaria, Fidel University of Texas at San Antonio
Schmidt, Helmut University of Nottingham
Schumacher, Johannes University of Osnabrück
Sengor, Neslihan Serap Istanbul Technical University
Shippi, Maria University of Edinburgh
Sixt, Joerg Springer UK
Smith, Ruth University of Nottingham
Solanka, Lukas University of Edinburgh
Sterratt, David University of Edinburgh
Sweeney, Yann University of Edinburgh
Swindale, Nicholas University of British Columbia
Taylor, Peter University of Manchester
Terry, John University of Exeter
Thul, Ruediger University of Nottingham
Timofeeva, Yulia University of Warwick
Tomsett, Richard Newcastle University
Torcini, Alessandro Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Touboul, Jonathan Collège de France
Tsaparin, Sergey Saint Petersburg State University
Tucker, Colin Morganic
van Rossum, Mark University of Edinburgh
Wang, Yuchang University of Edinburgh
Ward, Nick University of Sussex & University College London
Wechselberger, Martin University of Sydney
Wedgwood, Kyle University of Nottingham
Williamson, David University of Leeds
Wolf, Fred Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation
Yger, Pierre Imperial College London
Yim, Man Yi University of Freiburg
Zachariou, Margarita University of Cyprus