Monday, March 31, 2014

[Comp-neuro] Summer school in Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience (CoSMo 2014)

Fourth Annual Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience Summer School (CoSMo 2014)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
August 3-17, 2014

We would like to invite you to join us for the third annual Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience Summer School. The course is about experimental, computational and medical aspects of sensory-motor neuroscience with a focus on data/model sharing. Covered topics include Bayesian approaches, motor control, computational neuroimaging, sensory-motor transformations and prosthetics.

An important focus is on doing research as opposed to just hearing about it. Each teaching module will take up two days with morning lecture sessions. Afternoon sessions involve hands-on Matlab programming, simulation and data-analysis. Newly acquired computational tools can also be applied in 2-week evening group research projects.

The course is aimed at students and post-doctoral fellows from diverse backgrounds including Life Sciences, Psychology, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering. Basic knowledge in calculus, linear algebra and Matlab is expected. Enrollment will be limited to 40 trainees.

Application deadline: April 27, 2014
For more information and to apply, please go to

The school is co-organized by Drs Gunnar Blohm, Paul Schrater and Konrad Körding. It receives funding from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) via an NSERC-CREATE training grant on "Computational Approaches in Neuroscience – Action, Control & Transformations", and from the National Science Foundation (NSF, USA).

--   -------------------------------------------------------  Dr. Gunnar BLOHM  Assistant Professor in Computational Neuroscience    Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Departments of Biomedical  and Molecular Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, and   Psychology, School of Computing, and   Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet)    Queen's University  18, Stuart Street  Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6  Tel: (613) 533-3385  Fax: (613) 533-6840  Email:  Web:  

[Comp-neuro] 2014 NEURON Summer Course

This year's NEURON Summer Course has two components that can be
taken individually or together.

NEURON Fundamentals, which runs from June 21-24, addresses all
aspects of using NEURON to model individual neurons, and also
introduces parallel simulation and the fundamentals of modeling

Parallel Simulation with NEURON is for users who are already
familiar with NEURON and need to create models that will run on
parallel hardware.

Registration is limited, and the registration deadline is Friday,
May 30, 2014. For more information regarding NEURON courses see


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[Comp-neuro] Open Source Brain workshop 2014: Building and sharing models of the cortex

(Apologies for cross postings)

Announcing the 2014 Open Source Brain Workshop: Building and sharing models of the cortex. 
May 14-16th, Alghero, Sardinia.

There are an increasing number of cortical cell and network models being developed and made publicly available, from networks of leaky integrate and fire neurons based on cortical connectivity and firing properties, to multicompartmental, conductance based cell models. Many of these are being reused, reimplemented and extended to address new scientific questions by labs around the world. 

In this meeting, we will look at the range cortico-thalamic models out there which are of widespread interest and work towards getting these into public, open source repositories, in standardised formats such as NeuroML and PyNN. We will investigate the steps needed to ensure these models are well tested, annotated and ready for use as research tools by the attendees and the wider community. There will be presentations from experimentalists who are producing the data to constrain these models, as well as simulator and application developers who will create the infrastructure to build, simulate, analyse and share the models.

On the morning of Friday 16th, there will be a symposium on Oscillation and Resonance in CNS Network Loops. The symposium will focus on the reconstruction and analysis of oscillating networks. These methods can be applied at multiple levels of brain modelling providing valuable constraints for single neuron and network models. There will be presentations of modelling studies on how the brain generates oscillations and how external, oscillating electro-magnetic fields influence brain activity.

Confirmed speakers

Sharon Crook, Arizona State University, USA
Markus Diesmann, Research Center Jülich, Germany
Dirk Feldmeyer, Aachen University, Germany
Alon Korngreen, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Dave Lester, SpiNNaker project, University of Manchester, UK
Robert A. McDougal, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Michele Migliore, National Research Council, Italy & Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Eilif Muller, Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Ole Paulsen, University of Cambridge, UK
Angus Silver, University College London
Tim Vogels, University of Oxford, UK
Daniel Wójcik, Nencki Institute, Poland

Full details of the workshop can be found here:

There will also be a NeuroML Editorial Board meeting on Tues 13th. More details will follow on the NeuroML mailing lists. Interested parties are welcome to attend; please email

The Open Source Brain initiative aims to encourage collaborative, open source model development in computational neuroscience and is primarily supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The OSB symposium is primarily supported by the IRCCS C. Mondino and the Italian Ministry of Health through the research project GR-2009-1493804.

The OSB 2014 organising committee

[Comp-neuro] New book - Directed Information Measures in Neuroscience

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following edited book:

"Directed Information Measures in Neuroscience"
edited by Michael Wibral, Raul Vicente, Joseph T. Lizier
in series "Understanding Complex Systems",
Springer, Berlin, 2014.

About the book:

Analysis of information transfer has found rapid adoption in neuroscience, where a highly dynamic transfer of information continuously runs on top of the brain's slowly-changing anatomical connectivity. Measuring such transfer is crucial to understanding how flexible information routing and processing give rise to higher cognitive function. Directed Information Measures in Neuroscience reviews recent developments of concepts and tools for measuring information transfer, their application to neurophysiological recordings and analysis of interactions. Written by the most active researchers in the field the book discusses the state of the art, future prospects and challenges on the way to an efficient assessment of neuronal information transfer. Highlights include the theoretical quantification and practical estimation of information transfer, description of transfer locally in space and time, multivariate directed measures, information decomposition among a set of stimulus/responses variables and the relation between interventional and observational causality. Applications to neural data sets and pointers to open source software highlight the usefulness of these measures in experimental neuroscience. With state-of-the-art mathematical developments, computational techniques and applications to real data sets, this book will be of benefit to all graduate students and researchers interested in detecting and understanding the information transfer between components of complex systems.

Downloads of individual chapters (requires Springer access) via:


Section 1 - Introduction to Directed Information Measures
Chapter 1. "Transfer Entropy in Neuroscience", Michael Wibral, Raul Vicente, Michael Lindner --
Chapter 2. "Efficient Estimation of Information Transfer", Raul Vicente, Michael Wibral --

Section 2 - Information Transfer in Neural and Other Physiological Systems
Chapter 3. "Conditional Entropy-Based Evaluation of Information Dynamics in Physiological Systems", Luca Faes, Alberto Porta --
Chapter 4. "Information Transfer in the Brain: Insights from a Unified Approach", Daniele Marinazzo, Guorong Wu, Mario Pellicoro, Sebastiano Stramaglia --
Chapter 5. "Function Follows Dynamics: State-Dependency of Directed Functional Influences", Demian Battaglia --
Chapter 6. "On Complexity and Phase Effects in Reconstructing the Directionality of Coupling in Non-linear Systems", Vasily A. Vakorin, Olga Krakovska, Anthony R. McIntosh --

Section 3 - Recent Advances in the Analysis of Information Processing
Chapter 7. "Measuring the Dynamics of Information Processing on a Local Scale in Time and Space", Joseph T. Lizier --
Chapter 8. "Parametric and Non-parametric Criteria for Causal Inference from Time-Series", Daniel Chicharro --

Amazon link:

Michael Wibral, Raul Vicente and Joseph Lizier

[Comp-neuro] Decision Making Bristol 2014: Abstract Submission deadline EXTENDED to 7 April 2014

**The Deadline for submission of abstracts to the Decision Making Bristol 2014 conference has been extended to 7 April 2014.**

Decision Making Bristol 2014

The Decision-making Group at the University of Bristol invites you to submit abstracts to our second conference - Decision Making Bristol 2014 - to be held 9-12 September 2014.  Following the success of the 2012 conference, this conference aims to embrace a breadth of research, appealing to those interested in all aspects of decision making. 

We are pleased to announce that the following Key Note speakers have been secured Gerd GigerenzerTom GriffithsAntonio Rangel and Jeffrey D. Schall. These will be accompanied by invited talks from Nick Chater,  Eric-Jan Wagenmakers and Daniel Wolpert.

Held in the beautiful city of Bristol, at one of the UK’s leading science and discovery centres, At-Bristol, the conference will promote interdisciplinary collaborations and welcomes attendance from both theoreticians and experimentalists.

The call for short abstracts (500 words) is now OPEN and we invite you to submit your abstract to the following email address:  The closing date for receipt is now **7 April 2014**.

Further information and Registration: .  Registration closing date is 30 June 2014.

Please feel free to share this email with your colleagues and research students.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

Best wishes, 

Sally-Ann Parry, on behalf of the Decision-making Group

Decision Making Bristol 2014,  9- 12 September

[Comp-neuro] PhD position available at the School of Engineering, University of Lincoln

A fully funded PhD is available at the School of Engineering, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom, to work under the supervision of Dr. Basabdatta Bhattacharya and Prof. Timothy Gordon.
The details and how to apply are available at:

The Deadline for Application is 18th April 2014.
For informal enquiries please contact Basabdatta Sen Bhattacharya at

A link to the advert on the University website is available at the link below; scroll down to the heading 'College of Science':

The full funding is for UK/EU students only. International students would need to provide the difference in fees as appropriate.

Basabdatta Sen Bhattacharya, PhD
Lecturer, School of Engineering
ENG 321, Engineering Hub
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(0)1522837947

Sunday, March 30, 2014

[Comp-neuro] KOGWIS 2014 Last Call for Papers

Please consider to submit your work to the following conference:

================ FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS ================
* KOGWIS 2014 *
* 12th Biannual Conference of the German Society for COGNITIVE SCIENCE *
* 29th of September - 2nd of October 2014 *
* Topical focus: How Language and Behavior Constitute Cognition
* Submission deadline: 7 May 2014 *


KogWis 2014 invites submissions of extended abstracts on current work in cognitive science. Generally *all topics related to cognitive science* are welcome. 
Contributions that address the focus of this meeting, that is, language and behavior and the construction of cognition due to language and behavior are particularly encouraged. 
Submissions will be sorted by topic and paradigms and will be independently reviewed. Notifications of acceptance will depend on the novelty of the research, the significance of the results, and the presentation of the work. 

Submission and Proceedings:
KogWis calls for submissions in extended abstract format. Abstracts for oral presentations should not exceed 4 pages, abstracts for poster contributions should not exceed 2 pages, including pictures and references.

All accepted contributions will be published in the form of a *Supplement KogWis 2014* in the journal *Cognitive Processing* (Springer Verlag).


Confirmed plenary speakers: 

* Prof. Dr. Harold Bekkering
* Prof. Dr. Henrik Ehrsson
* Prof. Dr. Karl Friston
* Prof. Dr. Wayne Gray
* Prof. Dr. Gregor Schöner
* Prof. Dr. Natalie Sebanz

Confirmed symposia:

* Processing Language in Context: Insights from Empirical Approaches
Organizers: Christian Brauner , Bettina Rolke, & Gerhard Jäger (University of Tübingen)

* Manual action
Organizer: Dirk Koester (Bielefeld University)

* How language and number representation contribute to numerical cognition
Organizer: Hans-Christoph Nürk (University of Tübingen)

* Eye tracking, linking hypotheses and measures in language processing
Organizers: Pia Knoeferle and Michele Burigo (Bielefeld University)

* Cognition of human actions: From individual actions to interactions
Organizer: Stephan de la Rosa (MPI, Tübingen)

* Cortical Systems of Object Grasping and Manipulation
Organizer: Marc Himmelbach (University of Tübingen)

* Modelling of cognitive aspects of mobile interaction
Organizers: Nele Russwinkel, Sabine Prezenski, & Stefan Lindner (TU Berlin)

* Predictive processing: philosophical and neuroscientific perspectives
Organizer: Alex Morgan (University of Tübingen)

* PhD Symposium
Organizers: Dong-Seon Chang, Zhen Peng, Stefan Kopp, Marco Ragni, and Kai Vogeley (MPI Tübingen, Bielefeld University, University of Freiburg, & University Hospital Cologne)

* History of Cognitive Science
Organizers: Stefan Kopp and Kai Vogeley (Bielefeld University and University Hospital Cologne)

****** PRIZES AND AWARDS******

* CCS - Best Student Paper Award, sponsored by the Cognitive Science Society (plus 1 year Membership)
* SMI - Best Poster Award, sponsored by SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI,
* Brain Products - Best Paper Award, sponsored by BRAIN PRODUCTS
The Organizing Committee:
General chair: Martin V. Butz
Local organizers: Anna Belardinelli, Elisabeth Hein and Jan Kneissler

Anna Belardinelli, 

Cognitive Modeling,
Department of Computer Science
University of Tübingen

Saturday, March 29, 2014

[Comp-neuro] application deadline extended till Apr 14 for international summer school: CAMP@Bangalore

The deadline for applying to the international summer school: Computational Approaches to Memory and Plasticity, CAMP@Bangalore 2014 is extended to 14th April, 2014. Please download the poster and circulate widely.
Details follow ... 

Dates: 28th June to 12th July, 2014

CAMP @ Bangalore is a 15-day summer school on the theory and simulation of learning, memory and plasticity in the brain. PhD students and post-docs from theoretical and/or experimental backgrounds (physics, math, neuroscience, engineering, etc.) are welcome. Familiarity with programming, dynamical systems, and/or computational neuroscience is highly desirable. Master's or Bachelor's degree students can apply if they have sufficient background beyond course-work. The school will start with remedial tutorials on neuroscience / math / programming and then work upwards from sub-cellular electrical and chemical signaling in neurons, onward to micro-circuits and networks, all with an emphasis on learning, memory and plasticity.

Students worldwide are encouraged to apply online at latest by 14th Apr, 2014.


  • Sumantra Chattarji (NCBS, Bangalore)
  • Xiao-Jing Wang (New York University, New York)
  • Suhita Nadkarni (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune)
  • Claudia Clopath (Imperial College, London)
  • Eve Marder (Brandeis University, Waltham/Boston)
  • Rishikesh Narayanan (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
  • Arthur Wingfield (Brandeis University, Waltham/Boston)
  • Michael Hausser (University College, London)
  • Arvind Kumar (Bernstein Center, Freiburg)
  • Stefano Fusi (Columbia University, New York)
  • Raghav Rajan (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune)

  • For more information, email

    Best Regards,

    Aditya Gilra,
    Prof Upinder S Bhalla's lab,
    National Centre for Biological Sciences,
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research,
    GKVK, Bellary Road,
    Bangalore - 560065, India.
    Ph: 91-80-23666507.

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    [Comp-neuro] Post-doc - Detailed Neuronal Modeling - Blue Brain Project, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Dear comp-neuro community,

    I wish to draw your attention to an opening for a post-doctoral
    researcher in "Detailed Neuron Modeling and Dendritic Integration" (full
    advert below), at the Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

    For more details, and instructions how to apply, see:

    Best regards,


    Dr. Eilif Muller

    Section Manager - In Silico Neuroscience - Experimentation
    EPFL - Blue Brain Project
    QIJ 3ème étage
    CH-1015 Lausanne
    Tel: ++41 21 693 0698
    Fax: ++41 21 693 5350


    The Blue Brain Project, led by Prof. Henry Markram, seeks outstanding
    candidates for the position of:

    Post-doctoral Researcher in
    Detailed Neuron Modeling and Dendritic Integration

    The primary objectives for this position are to strengthen on-going
    large-scale detailed neuron modeling and validation efforts in the
    project, and to undertake original scientific research to characterize
    the role of single cell and dendritic integration mechanisms in
    computation and dynamics at the network level. Scientific leadership is
    expected to supervise computational neuroscience students, as is an
    intimate knowledge of the employed software in order to interface with
    engineering teams. The position is in close contact with an
    electrophysiology lab and modeling will go hand in hand with available
    and newly acquired experimental data.

    Detailed Requirements:

    * PhD in neuroscience, computational neuroscience, physics or
    related field
    * expert in NEURON and multi-compartment conductance-based modeling
    as demonstrated by strong publication record
    * expert in automated neuron model optimization techniques
    * expert knowledge of whole cell electrophysiology, ion channel
    * expert of scientific computing (python, scipy, numpy, hdf5,
    matplotlib, Linux, etc.)
    * knowledge of other programming languages (C++) and parallel computing
    is of advantage
    * familiarity with model description languages (e.g. NeuroML)
    * experience in supervision of students and teaching
    * strong team player
    * fluent English in speech and writing

    What we offer:

    * An internationally visible project in simulation-based research in
    neuroscience having a leading role in the EU FET flagship "Human
    Brain Project"
    * A vibrant, dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and international working
    * Very competitive salary

    Start date: 1 June 2014. Deadline for application: open until position
    is filled. Activity rate: 100%. Duration of contract: 1 year,

    For more details, and instructions how to apply, see:
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    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    [Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions at the Ben Gurion University, Israel

    Funded postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions in theoretical and computational neuroscience or experimental neurophysiology are available at the Ben-Gurion University, Be'er-Sheva, Israel.

    We are looking for highly motivated post-doctoral fellows and PhD students to lead projects aiming to explore the rodent whisker somatosensory system, the visual system, and possible applications to robotics. Fellows and students will participate in collaborative research combining neurophysiology and computational neuroscience with emphasis on the dynamic transformation of sensory information along the sensory pathways at the brainstem, thalamic and cortical levels, as well as sensory-motor control.

    Candidates should have a strong background in neurophysiology, physics, mathematics or electrical engineering, and be proficient programmers and creative thinkers. The Ben-Gurion University has strong and interacting neuroscience and robotic communities. Be'er-Sheva is within one-hour train ride from Tel-Aviv.

    Deadline: May 1, 2014 or until position fulfilled.

    For more information, please contact:

    Prof. David Golomb –

    Prof. Rony Azouz –

    Dr. Maoz Shamir –

    [Comp-neuro] Computational Approaches to Memory and Plasticity: deadline approaching

    (With apologies for cross postings)

    Reminder for the international summer school at NCBS, Bangalore, organized by Dr. Upinder Bhalla.

    The deadline for application is 30 March 2014.

    This 15 day workshop will involve both lectures and hands-on tutorials. The confirmed speakers are:

    Sumantra Chattarji (NCBS, Bangalore)
    Xiao-Jing Wang (New York University, New York)
    Suhita Nadkarni (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune)
    Claudia Clopath (Imperial College, London)
    Eve Marder (Brandeis University, Waltham/Boston)
    Rishikesh Narayanan (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
    Arthur Wingfield (Brandeis University, Waltham/Boston)
    Michael Hausser (University College, London)
    Arvind Kumar (Bernstein Center, Freiburg)
    Stefano Fusi (Columbia University, New York)
    Raghav Rajan (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune)

    Further details and application form are available here:

    Subhasis Ray
    GKVK Campus
    Bellary Road
    Bangalore 560065

    +91 80 67176520

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    [Comp-neuro] Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain, Friday Harbor: deadline approaching!

    Reminder that applications for the Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain, co-organized by the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Computational Neuroscience Program at the University of Washington and directed by Drs. Christof Koch and Adrienne Fairhall, are due on April 1st. Application procedures and more information can be found at .

    This intensive two week summer course aims to give advanced students – graduate students, postdocs and faculty – a rapid introduction to the current state of understanding of the neurobiology of sensory processing, including anatomy, physiology and neural coding; tutorials on the tools of the Allen Brain Institute; and an opportunity to carry out an informatics or computational research project with the guidance of faculty. The experimental focus is on vision in rodents.

    Faculty will include:

    Christof Koch
    Wyeth Bair
    Jay Neitz
    Clay Reid
    Shawn Olsen
    Adrienne Fairhall
    Rajesh Rao
    Anne Churchland
    Hongkui Zeng
    Bill Howe

    [Comp-neuro] Fwd: a foundation professor in computational neuroscience at Monash, Australia

    We seek to appoint a dynamic and talented principal investigator to lead the development of Computational Neuroscience at Monash University. The successful candidate is expected to have an internationally recognised track record of scientific achievement and demonstrable ability to build a cutting edge multidisciplinary research platform that will transform the landscape of computational neuroscience at Monash, within Australia and internationally.

    This appointee will complement and integrate with experimental neuroscience researchers in the new Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences who work across a wide range of levels including single-unit recordings in non-human primates through to in vivo EEG and functional MRI in humans. These collaborations will leverage existing Monash University research platforms such as Monash Biomedical Imaging and the MASSIVE Supercomputing facility, as well as the newly established ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function to undertake novel, multi-disciplinary research programs. 

    An excellent remuneration package is available for both the principal investigator and their team.


    Confidential enquiries should be directed to either

    Professor Kim Cornish, Head of the School of Psychological Sciences,
    tel: +61 3 9902 0488 or email:


    Professor Mark Bellgrove, Director, Research Strategy, School of Psychological Sciences, tel: +61 3 9902 4200 or email:

    Closing Date

    Friday, 15 May, 2014, 11:55pm Aus. Standard Daylight Time


    Expressions of interest, comprising a cover letter and CV should be submitted as part of your application.

    The University reserves the right to appoint by invitation.

    For details, please check


    Nao (Naotsugu) Tsuchiya, Ph.D.
    1. ARC Future Fellow & Associate Professor
       Tsuchiya Laboratory School of Psychological Sciences
       Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University 
    2. Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan 
    3. Visitor, RIKEN, Japan 
    4. Visitor, Caltech, USA

    [Comp-neuro] Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience 2014

    August 3 - 30, 2014, FIAS, Frankfurt, Germany


    Applications accepted: February 10, 2014 – March 31, 2014

    * Ehud Ahissar (Weizmann Institute, Israel)
    * Dieter Jaeger (Emory University, USA)
    * Máté Lengyel (University of Cambridge, UK)
    * Christian Machens (Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Portugal)

    * Jochen Triesch (FIAS, Frankfurt, Germany)
    * Hermann Cuntz (FIAS & ESI, Frankfurt, Germany)

    FENS, IBRO, FIAS, MPI Brain Research, Hertie Foundation

    The ACCN is for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in learning the essentials of the field of computational neuroscience.

    The course has two complementary parts. Mornings are devoted to lectures given by distinguished international faculty on topics across the breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. During the rest of the day, students pursue a project of their choosing under the close supervision of expert tutors. This gives them practical training in the art and practice of neural modeling.

    The first week of the course introduces students to essential neurobiological concepts and to the most important techniques in modeling single cells, synapses and circuits. Students learn how to solve their research problems using software such as MATLAB, NEST, NEURON, Python, XPP, etc. During the following three weeks the lectures cover networks and specific neural systems and functions. Topics range from modeling single cells and subcellular processes through the simulation of simple circuits, large neuronal networks and system level models of the brain. The course ends with project presentations by the students.

    The course is designed for students from a variety of disciplines, including neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and psychology. Students are expected to have a keen interest and basic background in neurobiology as well as some computer experience. Students of any nationality can apply.

    Essential details:
    * Course size: about 30 students.
    * Fee (which covers tuition, lodging, meals and excursions): EUR 750.
    * Scholarships and travel stipends are available.

    * Application start: February 10, 2014
    * Application deadline: March 23, 2014
    * Deadline for letters of recommendation: March 23, 2014
    * Notification of results: May, 2014

    Information and application

    Contact address:

    Erik De Schutter (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan), Dieter Jaeger (Emory University, USA), Astrid Prinz (Emory University, USA), Charles Wilson (University of Texas, San Antonio, USA), Michael Hausser (University College London, UK), Sophie Deneve (Ecole Normale Superieure, France), Christian Machens (Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Portugal), Jochen Triesch (FIAS, Germany), Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann Institute, Israel), Carl van Vreeswijk (CNRS Paris, France), Peter Dayan (University College London, UK), Joern Diedrichsen (University College London, UK), Máté Lengyel (University of Cambridge, UK), Zhaoping Li (University College London, UK), Tatjana Tchumatchenko (MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany), Ehud Ahissar (Weizmann Institute, Israel), Merav Ahissar (Hebrew University, Israel), Nava Rubin (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)

    General Interest Lectures:
    Hans-Joachim Pflueger (Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany), Erin Schuman (MPI for Brain Research, Germany), Erik De Schutter (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan), J. Kevin O'Regan (Paris Descartes University, France)

    Daniel Miner (Frankfurt, Germany), Andreea Lazar (Frankfurt, Germany), Wieland Brendel (Lisbon / Tuebingen, Portugal / Germany), Sina Tootoonian (Cambridge, UK), Peter Jedlicka (Frankfurt, Germany)

    Chris Ploegaert (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

    Mate Lengyel, PhD
    Computational and Biological Learning Lab
    Cambridge University Engineering Department
    Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK
    tel: +44 (0)1223 748 532, fax: +44 (0)1223 332 662

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    [Comp-neuro] post-doc available in computational neuroscience applied to regenerative biology

    A funded post-doctoral position is available at Tufts University (near Boston) in the lab of Dr Michael Levin - to work on applications of computational neuroscience to developmental biology and regenerative medicine. My group studies the role that slow bioelectrical communication plays in coordinating cell activity towards building and repairing large-scale anatomical structures (as occurs during embryogenesis and regeneration in species like salamanders and planaria, which can rebuild whole body parts). Through the last 14 years, we've shown that distributions of resting potentials in non-neural somatic tissues (and their dynamics via gap junctions, or electrical synapses) play an important part in regulating growth and form (having developed molecular-genetic tools for tracking and altering resting potentials in vivo). We hope to take some ideas and approaches from cognitive science and computational neurobiology to understand how memories of shape
    and pattern are stored in non-neural network electrical dynamics. This project can be described as cracking the bioelectric code to understand the semantics encoded in electrical signaling among non-neural cells. We will build in silico models of shape memory storage in electrically-connected (slow) cell networks and then implement them in real embryonic (frog, chick) or bioengineered (human) tissues to test and refine the models. The ideal applicant will have a strong background in computational neuroscience (understanding how activity of neurons adds up to logic, memory, and decision-making in simple circuits); experience in computer modeling is a strong plus. This is a very interdisciplinary project and ideal for someone who is 1) strong in basic computational neuroscience, 2) likes thinking way outside the box in a novel area, 3) wants to extend their repertoire and training to include developmental, regenerative, and molecular biology, and 4) wants to contribute to an
    entirely new area of deep basic and clinical significance. Please check our website and contact if interested.

    Dr. Michael Levin
    Biology Department, and
    Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology
    Tufts University
    Suite 4600, 200 Boston Ave.
    Medford, MA 02155-4243
    Tel. (617) 627-6161
    Fax: (617) 627-6121

    Center Administrator:
    William F. Baga
    Tel. (617) 627-5735
    Fax: (617) 627-5035

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    [Comp-neuro] Fully funded PhD position: computational neuroscience / complex system theory

    I would like to bring your attention to our PhD-program in
    Complex Dynamical Systems Theory / Computational Neurosciences

    At the Institute for Theoretical Physics,
    Goethe University Frankfurt

    Field(s): complex systems theory, computational neurosciences
    neural models and networks, dynamical systems

    Application deadline: April 27, 2014

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Claudius Gros


    Address: Institute for Theoretical Physics,
    Goethe University Frankfurt,

    Job description:
    Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position at the
    Institute for Theoretical Physics, Frankfurt University.

    We are developing new models and generative principles for
    the brain using a range of toolsets from dynamical systems
    theory and computational neurosciences. Examples are new
    objective functions and generating functionals, attractor
    metadynamics, transient state dynamics and self-limiting
    Hebbian plasticity rules. Several subjects are available
    for the announced PhD thesis including studies of the
    autonomous brain dynamics and/or studies of new synaptic
    plasticity rules, like trace formulations of STDP and the
    interplay between short term synaptic plasticity and
    neural dynamics. The work will include analytical
    investigations and numerical simulations of neural models
    and neural networks, using the toolset of dynamical systems

    The candidates should have a Diploma/Master in physics with
    an excellent academic track record and good computational skills.
    Experience or strong interest in the fields of complex systems,
    computational neurosciences, dynamical systems theory
    and/or artificial or biological cognitive systems is expected.
    The degree of scientific research experience is expected to
    be on the level of a German Diploma/Master.

    The appointments will start summer 2014, for
    up to three years.

    Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae,
    a list of publications and arrange for two letters of
    reference to be sent to the address below.

    Prof. Dr. C. Gros
    Institute for Theoretical Physics
    Goethe University Frankfurt
    Max-von-Laue-Str. 1
    60438 Frankfurt am Main

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    *** +49 (0)69 798 47818 ***
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    [Comp-neuro] Position for a Senior Postdoctoral Neuroscientist

    Invitation for applications:

    A postdoctoral position for neurophysiology and optogenetics is available at the Department of Developmental Neurophysiology, University Medical Center Hamburg, Germany.


    Our group investigates the synchronized patterns of electrical activity in the immature brain, their relevance for the development of cognitive and behavioral abilities and their impairment associated with neurological disorders, such as perinatal ischemia and schizophrenia (


    We seek a Senior Postdoctoral Neuroscientist to develop, execute and analyze state-of-the-art electrophysiological, optogenetic, anatomical and behavioral experiments in rodents as part of a research project aiming to elucidate the neuronal circuitry accounting for the maturation of cognitive and multisensory abilities. The position offers an excellent opportunity to perform highly collaborative research within the DFG-funded Priority Program 1665 and Collaborative Research Center 936.


    Qualified candidates should hold a Ph.D, M.D. or equivalent qualification, and should have outstanding   certificates and good publication record. Candidates are also expected to have significant experience in   electrophysiology and optogenetics as well as strong background in mathematics with good programming   experience (MATLAB). Good communication skills, creative and independent thinking are mandatory. 


    The position is available from September 2014 or later and will run initially for 3 years.

    The salary will be on the level of the German public service research salary (E13-14, 40.000-45.000 € per annum, depending on experience).


    Applications including (i) CV, (ii) a brief statement of expertise and interests, (iii) academic achievements and list of publications and (iv) 2 letters of reference should be sent to

    Prof. Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz by email (


    Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    For further information please contact

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