LASCON VII

LASCON 2018

VII Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience

NeuroMat – Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center

for Neuromathematics,

Institute of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of São Paulo

São Paulo, SP, Brazil

January 7 – February 2 2018

The seventh edition of the Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience – LASCON VII will be held at the NeuroMat Center in the main campus of the University of São Paulo in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The school will last for four weeks and will cover the following topics: biophysically detailed single neuron models; reduced and simplified single neuron models; networks of biophysical and simplified neuron models; synaptic plasticity and learning; active inference and predictive coding in the brain; spike train analysis; stochastic modeling of ion channels; dynamics of neuronal functional connectivity; variable length memory chains and applications in neuroscience; and computational psychiatry. These models will be illustrated with the use of programs NEURON, neuroConstruct, XPP-AUTO, Matlab, NEST, Brian and the Virtual Brain. The faculty is composed of an international team of world-renowned researchers in the field of computational neuroscience.

Students should be fluent in English (written/spoken) and have a solid background in life and/or hard sciences (some experience in computer programming is also desirable). Applications should be made electronically using the application form. Applicants are also requested to submit a detailed CV (in English) and to provide two letters of recommendation. The number of students is limited to 20 so the student selection will be competitive and based on the information provided. Costs for accommodation will be covered by the school organization. There is no registration fee for the school. The school will not give travel support for students, who are encouraged to apply for this to both national and international funding agencies.

Selected students will have to bring their own laptops with the necessary programs already installed on them (the organizers will announce the list of programs and their versions prior to the beginning of the school).

At the end of the school students will present preliminary results of simulation projects developed during the school. These projects will be made in groups of two students, and the decisions on the project themes will be made during interviews of students and the school organizers and lecturers in the middle of the second week of school. Student groups will work on the chosen projects during the rest of the school, in parallel with the other activities, and give brief oral presentations of the progress achieved during an assessment session in the beginning of the final week of school. Then, based on suggestions and comments made by lecturers and other students during the assessment session, student groups will resume their work and present their final results orally on the last day of school.

Before arriving at LASCON, students are encouraged to study the material under the “Resources for Students” link in the LASCON webpage. It contains basic stuff that students will need to know to follow the classes.

LASCON 2018 is an activity of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center (RIDC) for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat).

Application Deadline: September 10, 2017

Organizing Committee

Organizers

Antonio Galves (University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Antonio Roque (University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil)

Nilton Kamiji (University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil)

Local Organizers

Carlos Ribas (University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Evelin Farias (University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

João Peschanski (NeuroMat – FAPESP, Brazil)

Lourdes Netto (University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Magda Chang (University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Scientific Committee

Adriano Tort (Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, RN, Brazil)

Antonio Galves (University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Antonio Roque 
(University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil)

Arnd Roth 
(University College, London, UK)

Julian Tejada
 (Federal University of Sergipe, Aracaju, SE, Brazil)

Marcelo Reyes (Federal University of ABC, Santo Andre, SP, Brazil)

Nilton Kamiji – (University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil)

Osame Kinouchi 
(University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil)

Reynaldo Pinto 
(University of São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil)

Rodrigo Oliveira
 (Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon, Portugal)

Sidarta Ribeiro (Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, RN, Brazil)

Volker Steuber 
(University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)

William Lytton 
(State University of New York, New York, NY, USA)

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