VII Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience – LASCON
January 7 – February 2, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 10, 2017
Following the success of the previous editions of LASCON (Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience), I am pleased to announce the 7th LASCON, which will take place between January 7 and February 2 at the NeuroMat Center in the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
LASCON aims at introducing young researchers and graduate and advanced undergraduate students to the use of computational and mathematical methods for modeling neurons and neural networks. The following topics will be covered: biophysically detailed single neuron models; stochastic modeling of ion channels; reduced and simplified single neuron models; networks of biophysical and simplified neuron models; synaptic plasticity and learning; active inference and predictive coding; spike train analysis; dynamics of neuronal functional connectivity; variable length memory chains and applications in neuroscience; computational psychiatry. These subjects will be illustrated with the use of programs NEURON, neuroConstruct, XPP-AUTO, Matlab, NEST, Brian and the Virtual Brain. Students will have to work on small research projects (to be done in groups of two), which they will present orally at the end of the school.
The following lecturers will be in charge of theoretical classes and tutorials:
Adriano Tort, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, RN, Brazil
Aline Duarte, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Andre Bastos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Antonio Galves, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Arnd Roth, University College, London, UK
Boris Marin, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
Christophe Pouzat, Universite Paris Descartes, Paris, France
Daniel Takahashi, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Demian Battaglia, Aix-Marseille Universite, Marseille, France
German Mato, Centro Atomico Bariloche, San Carlos de Bariloche, RN, Argentina
Guilherme Ost, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
John Murray, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Mauro Copelli, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
Maximilian Schmidt, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Wako-shi, Japan
Patrício Orio, Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
Pedro Maldonado, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Sacha van Albada, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Salvador Durá-Bernal, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA
Volker Steuber, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
William Lytton, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA
The number of students is limited to 20 and applications should be made electronically via the application form in the school’s web page (www.sisne.org/lascon). Applicants are also requested to submit a detailed CV (in English) and to provide two letters of recommendation.
The application deadline is September 10 2017 (until midnight, US Pacific time). There is no registration fee for the school. Costs for accommodation will be covered by the school organization. Travel costs have to be covered by the students. São Paulo is the major transportation hub in South America, so it is possible to fly from basically anywhere in the world to it. In the selection procedure, priority will be given to Latin-American students, but students from other parts of the world are encouraged to apply as well.
LASCON is an activity of the FAPESP Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat).
I am looking forward to see you in São Paulo.
Director of LASCON