2012 SJTU Computational Neuroscience Winter School

Brief Introduction

This short course provides a week long introduction to the field of computational neuroscience. Theoretical studies of brain functions have focused on the information processing properties of individual neurons, neural circuits and networks, and systems. Computational neuroscience seeks to study these functions as revealed by neurophysiological experiments through computational means, and, as such, is high interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary. Our program brings together experimentalist, modelers, and theoreticians to illustrate the diverse approaches and disciplines that make up computational neuroscience.

The 2012 SJTU short course is sponsored by the SJTU Institute of Natural Sciences, the SJTU Zhiyuan College, and the Chinese Society for Neuroscience (Committee on Computational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering).

Program Committee:

David Cai(蔡申瓯), SJTU, New York University

Si Wu(吴思), Beijing Normal University

Dongzhuo Zhou (周栋焯), SJTU

Louis Tao (陶乐天), Peking University

Lecturers (in alphabetical order):

Guoqiang Bi(毕国强), University of Science and Technology of China: Neural plasticity

David Cai(蔡申瓯), SJTU: Visual information processing (Mathematics)

Jiulin Du(杜久林), CAS Institute of Neuroscience: Zebrafish is swimming into neuroscience - small brain, smart mind

Shigang He (何士刚), SJTU: Structure of the retina and information processing

Peiji Liang(梁培基), SJTU: Retinal information processing

Louis Tao(陶乐天), Peking University:
The Hodgkin-Huxley neuronal model [PDF]
Modeling the Visual Pathway:Some History and a Neuronal Network Model of V1[PDF]

Si Wu(吴思), Beijing Normal University: Dynamics and computation of attractor neural networks

Hongbo Yu (俞洪波), Fudan University: The role of cortical feedback on primary visual cortex

Yuguo Yu(于玉国), Fudan University: Visual adaptation, neuron dynamics and information processing

Dongzhuo Zhou(周栋焯), SJTU: Dynamics of single neuron

Dates and Location:

12/16 Registration

12/17-21 Short course lectures

12/20 Computational lab [Project Download]

12/22 Student presentations

Venue: Room 601, Pao Yue-Kong Library, Minhang Campus, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

From the short course, we will select students to attend the 2013 Cold Spring Harbor Asia Summer School on Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience. Details of this summer school can be found on last year’s website: http://wang.medicine.yale.edu/webpages/ccn/index.html

[Program Download]

Application and Registration:

Please send your application form (as e-mail attachment) to lianggong@sjtu.edu.cn by Dec. 14, 2012, with the subject line “Computational Neuroscience Winter Short Course Application — Your name”. Approved applicants will be notified by email. Please print the application form with signature, and submit it on registration day.

[Application Download]

Space is limited to 50 students. Preference is given to, but not limited to, applicants with a basic understanding of ordinary differential equations and probability and a working knowledge of Matlab.

No registration fee. Participants should cover their own lodging and meals.

Registration: December 16, 2012, Room 607, Pao-Yue Kong Library, Minhang Campus, Institute of Natural Sciences (INS), Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No. 800 Dong Chuan Road, Minhang District, Shanghai 200240 P.R. China

Contact Person: Sandy NIE (yingyunie@sjtu.edu.cn)

Phone/Fax: 86-21-54747161 86-15921910571

Directions to INS: http://ins.sjtu.edu.cn/for-vistors/arrive.html