[Comp-neuro] Summer semester short course on "Understanding biological vision" in Beijing, July 1-12 2013

Zhaoping Li z.li at cs.ucl.ac.uk
Sat Mar 23 21:20:59 CET 2013

There will be a 2-week summer semester short course on "Understanding 
biological vision, theory, data, and models" July 1-12, in Tsinghua 
University, Beijing.  This course will be mainly taught by Li Zhaoping 
(see www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/Zhaopoing.Li/). See 
http://cns.med.tsinghua.edu.cn/summercourse2013/  for more details.


This course is the updated version of the course last summer. It 
introduces neural mechanisms and cognitive behaviors in biological 
vision (particularly  human or primate vision). It emphasizes 
understanding the principles behind biological vision, and introduces 
computational models. The predictions of the theories and models are 
compared with or tested by experimental (physiological/psychological)  
data. The topics includes visual encoding (neural mechanisms, 
principles, and their modeling), visual attentional selection (neural 
mechanisms, cognitive phenomena,  models/theories and their experimental 
tests), and (more briefly) visual perception/recognition (mechanism, 
phenomena, models, and perspectives).

Course materials will be based on detailed lecture notes provided by the 
lecturers.  This website gives a draft course syllabus.  This website  
gives a glimpse of some likely topics in the course.  Lectures will be 
mainly in English (Chinese explanations/answers to questions will be 
available when requested).


The lectures will be in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and exact 
classroom will be announced later


During every weekday in July 1-12, 2013, about 3 hours (usually spread 
out throughout the day) will be devoted to formal lectures/tutorials. 
Additional activities, such as discussions, seminars, exercise/homework 
workshops,  will be organized informally based on the feedback and 
requests from students attending the course.

Lecture time: Every Monday – Friday, July 1-12th.

Lecture 1: 9:30-10:20
Lecture 2: 10:40-11:30
Lecture 3: 16:00 – 16:50

Homework club/seminar/tutorial time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

There can also be other self-organized time for further study.


The course is organized by Li Zhaoping (the main lecturer) , and 
Tsinghua University Medical school.  There may be additional invited 
lecturers to be announced later.

Intended students/course pre-requisite:

Students should have learned linear algebra, probability theory and 
statistical methods. Students should know how to do programming. It will 
be useful to learn MATLAB programming ahead of the course. Knowledge in 
biology, neuroscience, and psychology is not necessary but are helpful. 
Skills in differential equations, dynamic systems, signal processing are 
a plus, but much of the course can be learned without these skills 
before the start of the course.  This course is suitable for students 
with physical science background (physics/engineering/math/computer 
science) interested in biological visual mechanisms, principles, and 
phenomena (e.g., those with computer vision background are suitable). It 
is also suitable for those with biological vision science background  to 
learn computational approaches.

Who can take the course:

Tsinghua University students can take the course for credit.  Extra 
seating space in the lecture room can accommodate students from outside 
Tsinghua university  to take (or audit) the course without  credit (from 
Tsinghua University).  For organizational purpose, each non-Tsinghua 
student must register (please click here  to register) to be admitted.  
If the number of non-Tsinghua registrants exceeds spare seating 
capacity, the non-Tsinghua (registered) registrants will be selected 
based on their registration date (first come first serve) and the match 
between the student’s interest/background skills and  the course 
content. The selection/admission decision is solely by the course 
organizer and administration.


Each registered student from outside Tsinghua will be informed within 3 
weeks of the registration whether there is a seat for him/her for the 
course, and if there is a seat, then the registrant should pay a 
registration fee (about 300 RMB or 50 US dollars for students, and 500 
RMB or 85 US dollars for non-students, payment method and deadline will 
be given)  to be admitted to the course.  No seat will be reserved for 
the registrant if the fee is not paid within the time period specified 
in the
payment method. The registration fee is for administrative uses, and is 
not refundable. This course does not arrange travel, board, and 
accommodations for the participants. This link (link) provides some 
information about travel and accommodation. Students from overseas are 
likely to need visa to enter China, please check Chinese consulate in 
your country for information. Because the course will last only two 
weeks, a tourist visa is recommended.

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