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Japan-Germany Joint Workshop on 'Computational Neuroscience'

Date : March 2nd to 5th, 2011
Venue : Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Seaside House
Organized by : Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Germany)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)
Supported by : RIKEN, Japan
Language : English
Organizers : Japanese side
 Tomoki Fukai
 Kenji Doya
 Masato Okada
 Mana Tanifuji (on behalf of Sonja Gruen)
German side
 Klaus Obermayer
 Jochen Triesch
 Florentin Wörgötter

(Last updated: April 5, 2011)

Wednesday 2nd March

19:00 Registration

Thursday 3rd March

9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:30 Opening Remarks
Robert Baughman, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
Akira Nakanishi, JST
Iris Wieczorek, DFG
Jan Kunze, DFG
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-11:20 Higher-order correlations in large neuronal populations
Stefan Rotter, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Freiburg, University of Freiburg
Research Interest

Analysis and modeling of neuronal activity dynamics in cortical networks

11:20-11:50 Defining the firing rate for non-Poissonian spike trains
Shigeru Shinomoto, Kyoto University, Dept of Physics
Research Interest

Statistical analysis of neuronal signals

11:50-12:20 Complex synchronization phenomena in neuronal networks: from theory to data analysis.
Michael Rosenblum, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Potsdam University
Research Interest

Synchronization, Times series analysis

12:20-13:30 LUNCH
13:30-14:00 Beyond the edge: Amplification and temporal integration by recurrent networks in the chaotic regime.
Taro Toyoizumi, RIKEN brain science institute
Research Interest

Synaptic plasticity, Information Processing in the brain

14:00-14:30 Unsupervised Learning in Recurrent Networks
Jochen Triesch, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt
Research Interest

vision, recurrent networks, plasticity and learning

14:30-15:00 Estimation of the neural circuit for the command generation in the premotor center of an insect brain
Ikuko Nishikawa, Ritsumeikan University, Dept.of information science and technology
Research Interest

Insect Brain, Neuro dynamics, Machine Learning, Optimization, Nonlinear Oscillation

15:00-16:00 Discussion/Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Predicting the Activity of Neuronal Networks in vitro
Ulrich Egert, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Freiburg, University of Freiburg
Research Interest

mechanisms and functions of the spatial and temporal dynamics of activity in natural and artificial biological neuronal networks
- State-dependent processing of network input
- Structure-function dependencies in neuronal networks
- Neurotechnological hyb

16:30-17:00 Long-tailed EPSP distribution accounts for origin and role of noise in cortical networks
Jun-nosuke Teramae, RIKEN brain science institute
Research Interest

Computational neuroscience

17:00-17:30 Learning and Stability during Network Development
Florentin Wörgötter, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Göttingen, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Research Interest

1) Plasticity and Learning in behaving systems (animals and robots) and
2) Visual processing

17:30-18:30 Discussion
18:30-20:00 Poster session
End of the 1st day session

Friday 4th March

9:00-9:30 The German Neuroinformatics Node - Database tools for data management and collaboration in neurophysiology.
Thomas Wachtler, German Neuroinformatics Node and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Research Interest

neuroinformatics, method and tool development for data management and data sharing, neurophysiology and computational modeling of visual processing

9:30-10:00 Models and simulations of neural morphodynamics
Shin Ishii, Kyoto University, Dept of Physics
Research Interest

Models of neuronal morphogenesis, Decision making, Bayesian statistics

10:00-10:30 Detailed Three-Dimensional Modeling of Cellular Signaling
Gillian Queisser, University of Frankfurt
Research Interest

Detailed Modeling of Signal Processing in Neurons

10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-11:20 Multiprobe multiple single-unit recordings and visual information processing in the primate brain(tentative)
Hiroshi Tamura, Osaka University, Dept of Frontier Biosciences
Research Interest

Visual information processing, Cortical neural circuitry, Multiple single unite recording

11:20-11:50 On the operating point of cortical computation
Klaus Obermayer, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin
Research Interest

computational neuroscience & machine learning: perception and visual processing, reward-based learning, learning on structured representations, analysis of neural data

11:50-12:20 Visual image reconstruction from human brain activity
Yoichi Miyawaki, NICT/ATR, Dept of Neuroinformatics
Research Interest

Computational neuroscience, Noninvasive neural activity measurement, Visual sys-tem, Sensory perception

12:20-13:30 LUNCH
Afternoon Discussion
End of the 2nd day session

Saturday 5th March

9:00-9:30 Hidden Markov processes can explain complex sequencing rules of birdsong: a statistical analysis and neural network modeling
Kentaro Katahira, Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST), ERATO, Okanoya Emotional Information Project
Research Interest

Statistical modeling of sequential behavior, decision making, and emotional information processing.

9:30-10:00 Augmenting computational neuroscience from robotics: - trying to grasp grasping
Helge Ritter, Faculty of Technology, Universität Bielefeld
Research Interest

cognitive robotics - manual intelligence - neural networks and self-organisation - computational learning - brain-computer interfaces

10:00-10:30 Upcoming action encoded in the striatum during a decision-making task
Makoto Ito, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology(OIST)
Research Interest

Role of the basal ganglia in decision making

10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-11:20 Transcranial stimulation by magnetic field and direct currents: Mechanisms of action, functional effects, and questions open for computational neuroscience
Martin Sommer with Michael Nitsche, Georg-August-University
Research Interest

neuroplasticity, neuropsychopharmacology, cognition, non-invasive brain stimulation in humans, TMS, tDCS, tACS, PAS

11:20-11:50 Cell assemblies in the neostriatal network
Jeff Wickens, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology(OIST)
Research Interest

Information processing in the neostriatum of the basal ganglia

11:50- Closing Remarks
End of the workshop

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