EU ADVANCED COURSE IN COMPUTATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE
AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 17, 1999
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR THEORETICAL PHYSICS, TRIESTE, ITALY
DIRECTORS: Erik De Schutter (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Klaus Obermayer (Technical University Berlin, Germany)
Idan Segev (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)
Alessandro Treves (SISSA, Trieste, Italy)
The EU Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience introduces students
to the panoply of problems and methods of computational neuroscience,
simultaneously addressing several levels of neural organisation, from
subcellular processes to operations of the entire brain.
The course consists of two complementary parts. A distinguished
international faculty gives morning lectures on topics in experimental
and computational neuroscience. The rest of the day is devoted to
practicals, including learning how to use simulation software and
how to implement a model of the system the student wishes to study on
individual unix workstations.
The first week of the course introduces students to essential neuro-
biological concepts and to the most important techniques in modeling
single cells, networks and neural systems. Students learn how to apply
software packages like GENESIS, MATLAB, NEURON, XPP, etc. to the solution
of their problems. During the following three weeks the lectures will
cover specific brain functions. Each week topics ranging from modeling
single cells and subcellular processes through the simulation of simple
circuits, large neuronal networks and system level models of the brain
will be covered. The course ends with a presentation of the students'
The EU Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience is designed for
advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a variety of
disciplines, including neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering,
computer science and psychology. Students are expected to have a basic
background in neurobiology as well as some computer experience.
A total of 30 students will be accepted. Students of any nationality
can apply. We specifically encourage applications from researchers who
work in less-favoured regions of the EU and from women. Travel grants
and free accomodations are available for students from most countries in
More information and application forms can be obtained:
Please apply electronically using a web browser if possible.
- email: eucourse at bbf.uia.ac.be
- by mail: Prof. E. De Schutter
University of Antwerp - UIA,
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 1999. Applicants will be notified of
the results of the selection procedures by May 1.
CONFIRMED FACULTY: M. Abeles (Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel), S.
Amari (RIKEN, Japan), B. Bialek (NEC Research Institute, USA),
C. Colby (University Pittsburgh, USA), M. Corbetta (Washington
University St Louis, USA), V. de Sa (University California San
Francisco, USA), O. Ekeberg (Royal Institute of Technology,
Sweden), W. Gerstner (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Lausanne, Switzerland), D. Hansel (Ecole Polytechnique Paris,
France), D. Heeger (Stanford University, USA), J. Jack (Oxford
University, UK), R. Kotter (Heinrich Heine University
Dusseldorf), G. LeMasson (University of Bordeaux, France), J.
Lund (University College London, UK), E. Marder (Brandeis
University, USA), H. Markram (Weizmann Institute, Israel),
B. McNaugthon (University Arizona Tucson, USA), J. Mehler
(CNRS Paris, France), J. Rinzel (New York University, USA),
H. Sompolinsky (Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel), M. Stetter
(Technical University Berlin, Germany), S. Ullman (Weizmann
Institute, Israel), J. Van Pelt (Netherlands Institute for
Brain Research, Amsterdam), C. Wilson (University of Tennessee,
USA), T. Zador (University of California San Diego, USA),
and others to be announced.
The EU Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience is supported by the
European Commission (4th Framework Biotechnology program), by the
International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Trieste), by the Boehringer
Ingelheim Foundation and by The Brain Science Foundation (Tokyo).