Computational Approaches to Cortical Functions

 

The Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 2-5 April 2006

 

Organized By:

Larry F. Abbott, Columbia University

Hirsh Cohen, The Swartz Foundation

Robert M. Shapley, New York University

 

Program

 

Sunday, 2 April

Arrival: registration and room assignment, Robertson House, Banbury Center

6:30 pm Reception at Robertson House

7:30 pm Dinner at Robertson House

 

Monday, 3 April

7:00-8:15 am Breakfast at Robertson House

8:25-8:30 am Jan A. Witkowski, Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory:  Introductory remarks

 

8:30-12:20 pm SESSION 1:

 

8:30-9:00 am Xiao-Jing Wang, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts:

Neural mechanisms of feature-based attention in a two-network model of sensory processing.

 

9:00-9:10 am Discussion

 

9:10-9:40 am Wolfgang Maass, Technical University of Graz, Austria: A model for computation in cortical microcircuits.

9:40-9:50 am Discussion

 

9:50-10:20 am Break

 

10:20-10:50 am Olivia White, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge:

Signal reconstruction from recurrent neuronal networks.

 

10:50-11:00 am Discussion

 

11:00-11:30 am Kanaka Rajan, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY: Controlling neural networks dynamics.

 11:30-11:40 am Discussion

 

11:40-12:10 pm Ad Aertsen, Albert-Ludwigs Universitat, Freiburg, Germany:

Variability and precision in cortical networks.

 

12:10-12:20 pm Discussion

 

12:30 pm Luncheon at Robertson House

 

1:40-5:50 pm SESSION 2:

 

1:40-2:00 pm Jerome Swartz, The Swartz Foundation, Stony Brook, NY.: Large-Scale Brain Modeling

2:00-2:30 pm Caroline Geisler, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey: Behavior dependent phase rescaling of hippocampal pyramidal cells.

 

2:30-2:40 pm Discussion

 

2:40-3:10 pm Tim Vogels, Columbia University, New York, NY: Signal propagation and switching in networks.

 

3:10-3:20 pm Discussion

 

3:20-3:50 pm Markus Diesmann, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany: Spike-timing dependent plasticity in balanced random networks.

 3:50-4:00 pm Discussion

 

4:00-4:30 pm Break

 

4:30-5:00 pm Bijan Pesaran, New York University, New York, NY: Free choice increases synaptic interactions between frontal and parietal cortex.

 

5:00-5:10 pm Discussion

 

5:10-5:40 pm Rafael Yuste, Columbia University, New York, NY: Internal dynamics determine the cortical response to thalamic stimulation.

5:40-5:50 pm Discussion

 

6:15 pm Reception at Robertson House

 

7:00 pm Dinner at Robertson House

 

Tuesday, 4 April

 

7:00-8:15 am Breakfast at Robertson House

 

8:30-12:20 pm SESSION 3:

 

8:30-9:00 am David Cai, New York University, New York, NY: Spontaneous cortical activity in V1.

 

9:00-9:10 am Discussion

 

9:10-9:40 am Mishail V. Tsodyks, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel: Information encoding and processing via spatio-temporal patterns in cortical networks.

9:40-9:50 am Discussion

 

9:50-10:20 am Break

 

10:20-10:50 am Carl van Vreeswijk, Rene Descartes University, Paris, France:

The role of dendritic shunting inhibition.

 

10:50-11:00 am Discussion

 

11:00-11:20 am Wulfram Gerstner, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland: Ultra-short term information buffering in a random network of spiking neurons: macroscopic versus microscopic effects.

 

11:20-11:40 am Discussion

 

11:40-12:10 pm Bruce Knight, Rockefeller University, New York, NY: Neuron population dynamics in a simple canonical form.

 12:10-12:20 pm Discussion

 

12:30 pm Luncheon at Robertson House

 

2:00-5:50 pm SESSION 4:

 

2:00-2:30 pm Daniel Tranchina, New York University, New York, NY: Try to save computation time in large-scale neural network modeling with population density methods, or just fuhgeddaboudit?

2:30-2:40 pm Discussion

 

2:40-3:10 pm Roger D. Traub, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY: Gap junctions and fast oscillations in hippocampus and neocortex.

 

3:10-3:20 pm Discussion

 

3:20-3:50 pm Robert M. Shapiro, New York, NY: Integrate and Fire Neural Network: VLSI Chip design. 

3:50-4:00 pm Discussion

 

4:00-4:30 pm Break

 

4:30-5:00 pm J. Andrew Henrie, University of California, Los Angeles: Coherence of activity in primate V1.

 

5:00-5:10 pm Discussion

 

5:10-5:40 pm Dietmar Plenz, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland: Neuronal avalanches in superficial layers of neocortex.

 

5:40-5:50 pm Discussion.

 

6:15 pm Reception at Robertson House

 

7:00 pm Dinner at Robertson House

 

Wednesday, 5 April

 

7:00-8:15 am Breakfast at Robertson House

 

8:30-12:20 pm SESSION 5:

 

8:30-9:00 am Michael J. Shelley, New York University, New York, NY: V1 Dynamics and Sparsity and Multiple Feature Maps

9:00-9:10 am Discussion

 

9:10-9:40 am Brendan Murphy, University of California, San Francisco: Spontaneous activity and orientation maps in balanced cortical networks with structured V1-like connectivity.

 

9:40-9:50 am Discussion

 

9:50-10:20 am Break

 

10:20-10:50 am Adi Rangan, New York University, New York, NY: Cortical correlates underlying the line-motion-illusion phenomenon in primary Visual Cortex.

 

10:50-11:00 am Discussion

 

11:00-11:30 am Tara Thiagarajan, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland: Precise propagation of initial neuronal group activity in neuronal avalanches in cortex.

 

11:30-11:40 am Discussion

 

11:40-12:20 pm Concluding Discussion

 

12:30 pm Luncheon at Robertson House

 

Afternoon departure

 

 


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