[Comp-neuro] Feb 15 Application Deadline - 2015 Summer School on Large-Scale Brain Modelling

Chris Eliasmith celiasmith at uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jan 19 16:13:04 CET 2015

[All details about this school can be found online at 

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo is 
inviting applications for our 2nd annual summer school on large-scale 
brain modelling.
This two-week school will teach participants how to use the Nengo 
simulation package to build state-of-the-art cognitive and neural 
models. Nengo has been used to build what is currently the world's 
largest functional brain model, Spaun 
<http://www.nengo.ca/build-a-brain/spaunvideos>[1], and provides users 
with a versatile and powerful environment for simulating cognitive and 
neural systems.

We welcome applications from all interested graduate students, research 
associates, postdocs, professors, and industry professionals. No 
specific training in the use of modelling software is required, but we 
encourage applications from active researchers with a relevant 
background in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, engineering, 
computer science, or a related field.

For a look at last year's summer school, please see this short video: 

[1] Eliasmith, C., Stewart T. C., Choo X., Bekolay T., DeWolf T., Tang 
Y., Rasmussen, D. (2012). A large-scale model of the functioning brain. 
Science. Vol. 338 no. 6111 pp. 1202-1205. DOI: 10.1126/science.1225266. 

***Application Deadline: February 15, 2015***


Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas for projects, which 
may focus on testing hypotheses, modelling neural or cognitive data, 
implementing specific behavioural functions with neurons, expanding past 
models, or provide a proof-of-concept of various neural mechanisms. More 
generally, participants will have the opportunity to:

- build perceptual, motor, and cognitive models with spiking neurons - 
model anatomical, electrophysiological, cognitive, and behavioural data
- use a variety of single cell models within a large-scale model
- integrate machine learning methods into biologically oriented models - 
use Nengo with your favorite simulator, e.g. Brian, NEST, Neuron, etc.
- interface Nengo with various kinds of neuromorphic hardware
- interface Nengo with cameras and robotic systems - implement modern 
nonlinear control methods in neural models
- and much more...

Hands-on tutorials, work on individual or group projects, and talks from 
invited faculty members will make up the bulk of day-to-day activities. 
There will be a weekend break on June 13-14, and fun activities 
scheduled for evenings throughout. A project demonstration event will be 
held on the last day of the school, with prizes for strong projects!

Date and Location: June 7th to June 19th, 2015 at the University of 
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Applications: Please visit 
where you can find more information regarding costs, travel, lodging, 
along with an application form listing required materials.

If you have any questions about the school or the application process, 
please contact Peter Blouw (pblouw at uwaterloo.ca 
<mailto:pblouw at uwaterloo.ca>)

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