[Comp-neuro] 4th U. Ottawa Computational Neuroscience Summer School

Andre Longtin alongtin at uottawa.ca
Wed Nov 11 17:53:57 CET 2009


SUMMER SCHOOL                     



JUNE 13-25, 2010




We are pleased to announce the 4th summer School in Computational Neuroscience, which will be held from Sunday June 13, 2010 until Friday June 25, 2010 inclusively. It is organized by the Center for Neural Dynamics at the University of Ottawa. This highly pedagogical course is directed at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the physical sciences (e.g. physics, applied mathematics, engineering, computer science) and the life sciences (e.g. neuroscience, biology, physiology, human kinetics) who wish to develop their skills in neural data analysis and in mathematical modeling of neural activity. The topics will range from cellular to systems neuroscience, with a focus on sensory and motor systems. There is no tuition fee for participants from academic institutions, and further, there is support for travel and accommodation based on need. 


The course will consist of 3 hours of lectures in the mornings, followed by 3-hour MATLAB-based computer laboratories in the afternoons. Participants will pair up for these laboratories, and an effort will be made to pair someone from the life sciences with someone from the physical sciences. All classes and laboratories will be held on the main downtown campus of the University of Ottawa. The School will be held in English. All participants must also do a research project and 15-minute presentation. The course can also be taken for official credits, since it is a University of Ottawa three-credit graduate course (NSC8104). The mark for the course will be based on work done in the computer laboratories, on the presentation of a research project by the end of the course, plus a write-up to follow within a week. The first day of the school (Sunday June 13th) will consist of a refresher on linear differential equations, linear algebra and probability theory open to all participants, as well as an introduction to MATLAB.  


Enrollment in the course will be limited to 40 participants. Apart from enjoying the capitol city, there will also be opportunities to hike or swim in the Gatineau hills nearby or to go white-water rafting down the world-class Ottawa river. 


MATH PRE-REQUISITES: Calculus I and II, first-year university level Linear Algebra  and Probability and Statistics.  


LIFE SCIENCES PRE-REQUISITES: first-year university level life science courses for students in the physical sciences. 




Prof. Maurice Chacron, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics, Dept. Physiology, McGill 

Prof. John Lewis, Biology, University of Ottawa

Prof. Tim Lewis, Mathematics, University of California at Davis 

Prof. André Longtin, Physics, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa

Prof. Len Maler, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa 

Prof. John Milton, Keck Science Center, Claremont Colleges, California, USA

Prof. Jonathan Rubin, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, USA




None for participants from academia. 

See the application form at:   http://www.neurodynamic.uottawa.ca/summer.html





Accommodation will be available at the Marchand Residence of the University of Ottawa, a few minutes walk away from the lecture hall and computer lab, cafeterias and downtown Ottawa with its restaurants, museums etc... Accommodation consists of a single room (with desk and internet access), with communal kitchen and living area and shared bathroom. The cost is approximately $28 CAN per night per person, taxes included. 




Partial financial support is available for those demonstrating the need.  




February 1st , 2010: Application, including a letter of recommendation sent to compneuro09 at uottawa.ca

February 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance and level of financial support.

March 1st, 2010: Notification of acceptance by the participant.

Accommodation: as soon as possible after notification of acceptance, participants can reserve their accommodation online at reserve at uottawa.ca or by phoning 1-888-564-4545.


REGISTER AT: www.neurodynamic.uottawa.ca/summer.html   


CONTACT US: compneuro10 at uottawa.ca   




1) Introduction to Linear and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

     -solutions of linear differential equations

     -qualitative analysis of nonlinear differential equations 


2) Single Neuron Models

     -ionic models

     -simplified deterministic models

     -stochastic models


3) Neural Spike Train Analysis and Modeling

     -basic statistics

     -autocorrelation, spectrum 

     -information theory toolbox


4) Sensory Coding

     -artificial and naturalistic stimuli

     -modeling activity along the afferent pathways 

     -modeling feedback 

     -population coding and information theory


5) Computational and Dynamical Approaches to Motor Control

     -posture control and equilibrium point approaches

     -movement adaptation to force fields

     -timing and rhythmic movements

     -computational approaches to movement pathologies


6) Synaptic Plasticity

     -short term depression and facilitation

     -long term plasticity    

     -implications for information processing


7) Coupled Neurons

     -gap junction

     -excitatory and inhibitory synaptic coupling

     -effect of coupling on neural population behavior


8) Waves of Activity in Neural Networks

     -neural field models

     -traveling waves

     -spiral waves


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