2013 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 2013 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

Tentative Lecturers (in alphabetical order)

Dates and Location

12/15 Registration
12/16-21 Short course lectures
12/18 Computational lab
12/20 [Afternoon] Student presentations


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

From the short course, we will select students to attend the 2014 Cold Spring Harbor Asia Summer School on Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Application and Registration

Please send your application form (as e-mail attachment) to yingyunie@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.


December 15, 2013, Room 608, 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

Tentative Schedule

Date Time Speaker Title
16-Dec 9:00-12:00 Xiao-Jing Wang 1) Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
2) Recurrent neural microcircuits and cognition
  14:00-17:00 Zheng Wang MRI-based structural and functional connectome in health and disease
17-Dec 9:00-12:00 Louis Tao 1) The Hodgkin-Huxley Neuronal Model
  14:00-17:00 Louis Tao 2) A Short History of V1
18-Dec 9:00-12:00 Dajun Xing Functional differences of the laminae in the primary visual cortex (V1)
  14:00-17:00 Computer Lab  (Room 200, 2nd Floor, Department of Mathematics, SJTU)

Project Handouts.zip

19-Dec 9:00-12:00 Douglas Zhou Dynamics and Analysis of the HH Neuron
  14:00-17:00 Haishan Yao Neural computations in primary visual cortex (experimental studies)
20-Dec 9:00-12:00 Puming Zhang 1) Dopamine exerts effects on spatial and temporal correlation of retinal ganglion cells’ firing activities
2) Involvement of thalamus in epileptic seizures induced by pilocarpine in mice
  14:00-17:00 Student Presentations  
21-Dec 9:00-12:00 Zhaoping Li A theory of the primary visual cortex and its experimental test

Contact Person:

Sandy NIE (yingyunie@sjtu.edu.cn)


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