Neurodynamics: a workshop on heterogeneity, noise, delays and plasticity in neural systems

Neurodynamics: a workshop on heterogeneity, noise, delays, and  plasticity in neural systems
Mar 5 – 7, 2012
Edinburgh, UK

Registration now open (and will close on Jan 6 2012)

Although mathematical work on Neurodynamics has increased in recent years, the study of heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity needs much further attention.  A firmer
mathematical framework for treating dynamical systems with these attributes will pave the way for a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamic states of biological neural networks, and their role in facilitating natural computation.  This three-day conference will bring together experts in these key areas to seed a new phase of theoretical work to develop those pieces of mathematical theory which are critical for future realistic modelling studies of the brain.

The meeting will consist of invited speakers and registered participants, though will be limited to 100 people. The schedule will allow for a number of poster presentations.  This event is sponsored by the EPSRC in association with the UK Mathematical Neuroscience
Network (

Invited speakers:

Paul Bressloff (Department of Mathematics, University of Utah)
David Cai (Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University)
Dmitri Chklovskii (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm)
Claudia Clopath (Laboratory of Neurophysics and Physiology, Universite  Paris Descartes)
Carina Curto (Department of Mathematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Ila Fiete (Center for Learning and Memory, University of Texas at Austin)
Toni Guillamon (Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada I, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
Boris Gutkin (Départment d’Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure)
Rachel Kuske (Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia)
Khashayar Pakdaman (Institut Jacques Monod, Université Paris Diderot/CNRS)
Stefan Rotter (Bernstein Center Freiburg, University of Freiburg)
Nicholas Swindale (Department of Ophthalmology, University of British Columbia)
Jonathan Touboul (NeuroMathComp Laboratory, INRIA/ ENS Paris)
Martin Wechselberger (School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney)
Fred Wolf (Department of Non-linear Dynamics, Max-Planck-Institut for Dynamics and

The registration fee for the conference is 100.00 GBP.

A one-day “Tutorial Day” (covering key concepts in heterogeneity, noise, delays, and plasticity in neural systems) for PhD students and post-docs will also take place prior to the meeting (on Mar 4). Some  financial assistance is available to assist graduate students who attend BOTH the training workshop and the conference.

Further details of this meeting and how to register may be  found at

Scientific Organisers
Professor Stephen Coombes, University of Nottingham
Dr Yulia Timofeeva, University of Warwick

Tutorial Day Organiser
Dr Mark van Rossum, University of Edinburgh

Enquiries should be addressed to Audrey Brown:

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