[Comp-neuro] BCAM course on Statistical Physics of Neural Networks, Bilbao, Spain, May 11-15, 2020

Maurizio De Pittà mauriziodepitta at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 16:17:30 CET 2020

Dear colleagues,

The Basque Center of Applied Mathematics (BCAM) in Bilbao, Spain, is
hosting a 1-week course on "Statistical Physics of Neural Networks" by
Yonatan Aljadeff (The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), during May
11-15, 2020.

The course will consist of five lessons of 2-hour each in the morning, with
the possibility to deepen the material taught in the class by frontal
meetings with Dr. Aljadeff during the rest of the day.

This is an excellent occasion to learn about some of the most advanced
material in computational neuroscience.

The course is tailored to students with a strong background in mathematics
and physics, who are either at advanced undergraduate or graduate levels,
as well as to students who are strongly interested in pursuing doctoral
research in computational neuroscience.

The program of the course is as follows:

1. Random matrices (RMT).
The circular and elliptic laws. A statistical physics derivation of Girko’s
circular law–the spectral density of an asymmetric random matrix; and the
elliptic law–the spectral density for a random matrix with correlations.

2. Transition to chaos in random networks.
Dynamic mean-field analysis (DMFT) of a neural network model with random
synaptic weights.

3. Random networks with structure.
Extension of the RMT and DMFT to partially random and partially structured
systems, e.g. systems with cell-type dependent interactions,
distance-dependent interactions, heterogeneous and correlated degree
distributions, etc.

4. The classical perceptron.
Gardner's calculation by Replica method of the capacity of a classical

5. Perceptrons in neuroscience.
Modern applications of perceptron theory: relating predictions of the
synaptic weight distribution to empirical distributions; robustness to
noise via excitation-inhibition balance; learning.

Attendance to the course is free, but online registration is mandatory
before May 8, 2020.

There is also limited support available for Spanish and International
students (outside of The Basque Country). Students who are willing to apply
for financial support must register to the course before March 6, 2020, and
indicate their will to apply for funding during the registration process.

Registration and further information on the course may be retrieved from
the link below:


Thank you for your consideration.

Maurizio De Pitta'
Research Fellow
Research Line in Mathematical, Computational and Experimental Neuroscience
BCAM -- Basque Center of Applied Mathematics
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