[Comp-neuro] Google Summer of Code: open source models of cortical networks

Gleeson, Padraig p.gleeson at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Mar 4 17:42:02 CET 2020

--Apologies for cross-posting--

Google Summer of Code<https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/> is an initiative to encourage students to contribute to open source software projects. Generous stipends are provided for successful applicants to work on these projects for a number of months over the summer. The INCF<http://incf.org/> has been a GSoC mentoring organisation for the past number of years, and has helped link up students with mentors to advance various projects in the wider neuroinformatics and computational neuroscience areas.

The Open Source Brain initiative<http://www.opensourcebrain.org> is encouraging students to apply to be part of this. The successful candidate for our our proposal<https://neurostars.org/t/gsoc-2020-project-idea-10-open-source-cross-simulator-large-scale-cortical-models/5747/9> will take published models of cells and networks from the cortex and convert them into open, standardised formats (e.g. NeuroML and PyNN) and share them on the OSB platform as a resource for the wider community. These can be models where code is available in simulator specific formats on ModelDB, or classic models from the literature which would benefit from curating/updating/documenting. Making models available in these formats will allow them to be used & tested across multiple simulators, make the physiological properties of the models more accessible and facilitate reuse of model components.

This opportunity is particularly relevant for Masters & PhD students currently working in model development/analysis in computational neuroscience. Many students are already reusing/converting/updating existing models as part of their work and this is a great opportunity to get paid extra to do this!

Closing date for student applications: 31st March 2020
Period of working on projects: 18 May - 17 August 2020

More information on the cortical modelling project can be found here<https://neurostars.org/t/gsoc-2020-project-idea-10-open-source-cross-simulator-large-scale-cortical-models/5747/9>. There is another OSB project related to sharing data in Neurodata Without Borders format here<https://neurostars.org/t/gsoc-2020-project-idea-31-osb-conversion-of-public-neurophysiology-datasets-to-neurodata-without-borders-format/5986>. Multiple other project ideas from other neuroinformatics and computational neuroscience initiatives (including The Virtual Brain, Brian, LORIS, GeNN, SciUnit, PyNN, OpenWorm) can be found on the INCF project ideas page<https://neurostars.org/c/gsoc>.

Padraig Gleeson
Room 321, Anatomy Building
Department of Neuroscience, Physiology&  Pharmacology
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

+44 207 679 3214
p.gleeson at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:p.gleeson at ucl.ac.uk>
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