[Comp-neuro] Final call for participation: NeFF-Workshop on Non-linear and model-free Interdependence Measures in Neuroscience and TRENTOOL course

Joseph Lizier lizier at mis.mpg.de
Mon Apr 16 10:58:15 CEST 2012


_/There are still limited places available for symposium attendance and 
course participation at the following:
/_

*NeFF-Workshop on Non-linear and model-free Interdependence Measures in 
Neuroscience and TRENTOOL course*

*April 26th/27th 2012, MEG Unit, Brain Imaging Center, Goethe University 
Frankfurt, Germany*

*Organizers:*

  * Michael Wibral, BIC, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  * Raul Vicente, FIAS, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  * Joseph T. Lizier, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the
    Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

/This symposium is kindly supported by the NeFF-LOEWE Grant 'Neuronal 
Coordination - Research Group Frankfurt"/

*Synopsis:*
Understanding complex systems composed of many interacting units, such 
as neural networks, means understanding their directed and causal 
interactions. If the units in question interact in a nonlinear way, as 
it can be assumed in neural networks, we are faced with the problem that 
the analysis of interactions must be blind to the type of interaction if 
we want to cover all possible interactions in the network, as we may not 
know the type of nonlinear interaction a priori. Prematurely limiting 
our search to specific models, nonlinearities or, even worse, linear 
interactions may block the road to discovery. Novel model-free 
techniques for the quantification of directed interactions from 
information theory offer a promising alternative to more traditional 
methods in the field of interaction analyses, but also come with their 
own specific challenges. This symposium brings together the most active 
researchers in the field to discuss the state of the art, future 
prospects and challenges on the way to an model-free, information 
theoretic assessment of neuronal directed interactions.

*Course:*
TRENTOOL (www.trentool.de <http://www.trentool.de>) is a recently 
published MATLAB® toolbox for the model-free analysis of directed 
interactions in neural time series. As indicated in the schedule below, 
participants of the symposium will have the opportunity to get a hands 
on tutorial in the use of TRENTOOL on the two afternoons of the 
symposium (limited places!).

*Registration:*
For registration, please send an email to office.fries at esi-frankfurt.de 
<mailto:office.fries at esi-frankfurt.de> or michael.wibral at web.de 
<mailto:michael.wibral at web.de> . Registration fee will be 50.00EUR, 
payable upon acceptance of your registration via bank transfer to:

*Account holder: Universitätsklikum Frankfurt am Main
SWIFT: HELADEF 1822
IBAN: DE32 5005 0201 0000 3799 99
IMPORTNANT: Please add "Drittmittelkonto: 8204689" as reference*

Please note, that there are limited places for both symposium attendance 
and course participation.

*Program and Speakers:
*
*Day 1 - Thu April 26
*
*Time* 	*Speaker* 	*Title*
09:00 - 09:30 	*Opening Talk: Michael Wibral / Raul Vicente*, MEG Unit, 
Brain Imaging Center, Frankfurt, Germany 	/Investigating the function of 
an information processing system with information theoretic methods -- 
current prospects and challenges/
09:30 - 10:10 	*Andre Bastos*, Ernst Strüngmann Institute Frankfurt, 
Germany 	/Title to be announced/
10:10 - 10:50 	*Joseph Lizier*, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in 
the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany 	/Multivariate construction of effective 
computational networks from observational data/
10:50 - 11:10 	Coffee break 	
11:10 - 11:40 	*Stefano Panzeri*, Italian Institute of Technology 
Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Genova, Italy 
/Title to be announced/
11:40 -- 12:20 	*Luca Faes*, Biophysics and Biosignals Lab, University 
of Trento, Italy 	/Computing Transfer Entropy in neurophysiological time 
series: an approach based on efficient conditional entropy estimation/
12:20 - 14:00 	*Lunch break* 	
14:00 - 15:30 	*Discussion:* On the way to multivariate TE and methods 
for nonstationary data 	
15:30 - 16:00 	*Tim Mullen*, Dept. Cognitive Science, University of 
California, San Diego, USA 	/Vector autoregressive and state-space 
representations of electrophysiological dynamics and information
transfer: theory and applications in the Source Information Flow Toolbox 
for EEGLAB/
*16:00 - 19:30* 	*TRENTOOL workshop (@ MEG Laboratory)* 	
20:00 	*Dinner together (complimentary for speakers, but room enough for 
all)* 	



*Day 2 - Fri April 27
*
*Time* 	*Speaker* 	*Title*
09:30 - 10:10 	*Vasily Vakorin*,Baycrest Centre, Rotman Research 
Institute of Baycrest, Toronto, Canada 	/Age-related changes in local 
and distributed entropy of brain signals with brain development and aging/
10:10 - 10:50 	*Mikhail Prokopenko*, CSIRO ICT Centre, Sydney, 
Australia 	/Fisher information and phase transitions in complex systems/
10:50 -- 11:10 	Coffee break 	
11:10 - 11:40 	*Paul Williams*, Cognitive Science Program, Indiana 
University, Bloomington, USA 	/Decomposing Multivariate Information/
11:40 - 12:20 	*Daniel Chicharro*, Italian Institute of Technology 
Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Genova, Italy 	/An 
information-theoretic framework to study dynamic dependencies in 
networks of interacting processes./
12:20 - 14:00 	*Lunch break* 	
14:00 - 14:40 	*Ingo Fischer*, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics 
and Complex Systems, University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de 
Mallorca, Spain 	/Title to be announced/
14:40 - 16:00 	*Discussion:* Information Dynamics - beyond connectivity 	
*16:00 - 19:30* 	*TRENTOOL workshop (@ MEG Laboratory)*





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