Sunday, January 12, 2014

[Comp-neuro] Reminder: Summer School on Large-Scale Brain Modelling - Apply by Feb. 15th!

Hello! [All details about this school can be found online at]

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo is inviting applications for an in-depth, two week summer school that 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 [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, or a related field.

[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, 2014***


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. Projects can be focused on software, hardware, or a combination of both. Amongst other things, 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 a variety of neuromorphic hardware
- interface Nengo with cameras and robotic systems of various kinds - 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 14-15, and fun activities scheduled for evenings throughout!

Date and Location: June 8th to June 21st, 2014 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.

Questions about the summer school and application process can be directed to Peter Blouw (

We look forward to hearing from you!

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