[Comp-neuro] Competition: predicting single-neuron behavior

Arnd Roth arnd.roth at ucl.ac.uk
Sat Mar 17 09:05:03 CET 2007


Here is our Challenge, open to everybody in
in neural modeling, machine learning, or similar fields:

     - Is it possible to predict the timing
        of every spike that a neuron emits with 2 ms precision?
     - Is it possible to predict the subthreshold membrane potential
        with a precision of 2 mV for arbitrary input?

Annotated training data and test stimuli from several
cells under different stimulation conditions are available
at
    http://icwww.epfl.ch/~gerstner//QuantNeuronMod2007/challenge.html

Important dates
     * Data set available by March 16.
     * Participants must submit their prediction by June 1st.
     * Winner announced around June 10 .
     * Winning results will be presented at the workshop June 25/26
        Quantitative Neuron Modeling: Predicting every spike?
        http://icwww.epfl.ch/~gerstner//QuantNeuronMod2007/

Competition and Prizes
The competition is organized in several categories, called A,B,C,D.  
Participants may run in one or several categories

     * 1st prize :

           o 4 nights of hotel in Lausanne at the Lake of Geneva,
                  June 23-27.
           o Free participation in the Quantitative Neuron Modeling
  	        workshop June 25/26
           o 35-minute-slot for talk as an
                 Invited Speaker at the workshop.

     * 2nd prize:

           o Free participation in the
                 Quantitative Neuron Modeling workshop June 25/26
           o Poster presentation and poster spotlight in the workshop.


Methods and Models:
The only aspect that counts for us is the quality of the prediction  
on the test set. In terms of methods, anything goes
(Machine learning, compartmental model, integrate-and-fire model,
systems identification etc)

For details
     http://icwww.epfl.ch/~gerstner//QuantNeuronMod2007/challenge.html


We hope that many people will take up the challenge.
Let the best model win!

The organisation team
Renaud Jolivet
Arnd Roth
Felix Schuermann
Wulfram Gerstner



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