[Comp-neuro] Workshop on olfactory learning and memory in insects

Jan Wessnitzer jwessnit at staffmail.ed.ac.uk
Thu Apr 30 17:38:53 CEST 2009

Olfactory learning and memory in insects: from experiments to models

We are pleased to announce that we are organising a workshop on  
Olfactory Learning and Memory in Insects (July 22nd-23rd) at the  
Eighteenth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting CNS*2009 (July  
18th ? 23rd 2009, Berlin, Germany).


Further details are provided below. If you have any questions or  
require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.  
Please spread the word among your colleagues.


Scope of the Workshop


The neural circuit underlying insect olfaction and olfactory  
associative learning is anatomically and physiologically well-studied,  
calling for detailed computational models, which then can be  
challenged by the available knowledge of insect olfactory behaviour.  
We aim to facilitate this process by bringing together the researchers  
from the experimental and theoretical sides. After an overview of the  
anatomy and the electrophysiology of the insect olfactory pathway, we  
will discuss the available models pertaining to this circuit; such  
discussion will be extended to pheromone processing as well. We will  
then consider the key behavioural phenomena, which such models need to  
account for- e.g. effects of odour-similarity, processing of  
odour-mixtures. We will evaluate the current knowledge on the sites  
and kinds of synaptic plasticity along the olfactory pathway as well  
as the available computational models.
Finally, we will discuss the key behavioural phenomena, which need to  
be accounted for: effects of event-timing, memory dynamics, role of  
outcome expectation and motivation.

This workshop focuses on key issues in olfactory learning and memory  
research. Our aim is to bring together researchers from the  
experimental and theoretical fields investigating the functioning of  
insect olfactory systems. Our goal is to identify the key questions  
motivating interdisciplinary research, to map the range of theoretical  
frameworks, empirical techniques and technologies currently used, and  
to bring together theoretical and experimental researchers  
investigating insect olfaction. We want to address our research  
questions through conventional short presentations by invited keynote  
speakers, selected workshop participants, discussion/poster sessions.  
We encourage demonstrations of computer simulations giving the  
participants opportunities to use and evaluate these systems under the  
guidance of the designers.



A. Yarali (MaxPlanck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinstried, Germany)

J. Wessnitzer (University of Edinburgh, UK)


Abstract submission

If you wish to present a poster or give a talk, please send your abstract to

	Ayse Yarali
  	yarali at neuro.mpg.de


	Jan Wessnitzer
	jwessnit at inf.ed.ac.uk


Important Dates

- Registration deadlines for CNS




A. Yarali (MaxPlanck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinstried, Germany)
yarali at neuro.mpg.de

J. Wessnitzer (University of Edinburgh, UK)
jwessnit at inf.ed.ac.uk

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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