[Comp-neuro] Blue Brain Project Satellite Meeting FENS 2008

Sean Hill sean.hill at epfl.ch
Tue May 13 18:34:52 CEST 2008

The Blue Brain Project is hosting a satellite meeting just before the
FENS 2008 meeting at the PalEXPO center in Geneva, Switzerland, from
July 10-11, 2008.

Registration for this meeting is now open with a limited number of
spaces available.  It is recommended to register as soon as
possible as registration will close as soon as the available spaces
are filled. Register at http://bluebrain.epfl.ch

A limited number of poster spaces are also available for presenting
relevant research.  Please submit an abstract to sean.hill at epfl.ch by
June 15th.

The Blue Brain Project: Reverse-Engineering Biological Intelligence

Biological intelligence exists in the organizing principles of
biological networks, from gene regulatory networks, to signaling and
metabolic networks, to the complex neural circuitry of the brain.
Reverse-engineering in systems biology has traditionally focused on
the reconstruction of these networks within individual cells based on
measured data of the genome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome.
In computational neuroscience, reverse engineering has focused on
networks of cells in the brain. However, reverse-engineering efforts
must seek and characterize the organizing principles across all types
of biological networks. In order to achieve this level of reverse
engineering, industrial scale efforts are required to systematically
gather biological data and assemble computational models to explore
the solutions biology has engineered to build living cells and produce

The Blue Brain Project invites you to join an open discussion on
future directions in reverse engineering large-scale biological
systems, with presentations from world experts in systems biology,
simulation and computing. This meeting will also provide a unique
opportunity to hear from the Blue Brain team itself, with
presentations on the tools and workflow of reconstructing and
simulating the neocortical column.

Day 1: Reverse Engineering Biological Intelligence
A group of experts in systems biology and neuroscience present their
visions for the future of large-scale systems biology efforts.

Confirmed speakers:
Henry Markram - Blue Brain Project and Brain Mind Institute, EPFL
Michel Baudry - Rhenovia and University of Southern California
Mark Ellisman - UCSD
Mark Potse - University of Montreal
Thomas Bartol - The Salk Institute
Gustavo Stolovitzky - IBM Research

Day 2: Morning: Grand-Challenge Computing for Neuroscience
The day starts out with a review, by the experts in their fields, of
the grand challenge problems in databasing, modeling, simulation,
visualization and computing architectures for systems biology and

Confirmed speakers:
Felix Schuermann -  Blue Brain Project
Michael Hawrylycz - The Allen Institute
Alan Gara - IBM Research

Day 2: Afternoon: Blue Brain Workshop
An in-depth look at the current Blue Brain Project toolchain and
calibration process.

Confirmed speakers:
Michael Hines - Yale University
Shaul Druckmann - Hebrew University
Imad Riachi - Blue Brain Project
Sean Hill - Blue Brain Project

We look forward to seeing you in Geneva.

Sean Hill
Project Manager for Computational Neuroscience
Blue Brain Project
Brain Mind Institute
EPFL - AAB 2 01
CH-1015 Lausanne
sean.hill at epfl.ch

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