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3rd International Conference on Neural Field Theory (ICNFT)
- From Modelling to Data Assimilation

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Reading Summer School on Data Assimilation 2013: From Weather Forecasting to Neuroscience

June 16-18, 2014, University of Reading, United Kingdom.
In Combination with a Brain Products Tutorial June 19-20 (needs special registration).

Please register to help with the preparations! There will be a “one slide, 3 minutes” speed presentation session. Contributions welcome: ICNFT2014_Registration, we decided to leave registration open for the moment. Registered participants can be found at icnft2014_registrations.

Travel Planning and Accomodation Options see below!

Organizers: Ingo Bojak, Stephen Coombes, Peter beim Graben, Roland Potthast, Etienne Roesch, Douglas Saddy and Kelly Sloan.

Neural Mass Modelling and Neural Field Theory is a growing and very active area of research with important applications in medicine and technology. Activities range from the simulation of neural populations to the analysis of neural field equations, from neural modelling of cognitive and psychological processes to controlling artificial devices. The connection between these models and measurement data, including large-scale data assimilation tasks, is of growing interest to many researchers.

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The community includes researchers from medicine, psychology, physics, mathematics and engineering. The International Conferences on Neural Field Theory at the University of Reading contribute to the further development and shaping of this community by bringing together well-known and young researchers. Ideas from different fields meet here in a truly interdisciplinary and inspiring environment.

The 3rd International Conference on Neural Field Theory is following a highly successful series of conferences which took place in 2010 and 2012, see ICNFT 2012. Confirmed speaker for this conference so far include:

Invited Speakers

Big Brain - from Model to Data and Back Again

  1. Stephen Coombes
  2. Viktor Jirsa
  3. Thomas Knösche
  4. Dimitris Pinotsis
  5. Roland Potthast

Applications in Cognition and Control

  1. Wolfram Erlhagen
  2. Martin Giese
  3. Axel Hutt
  4. Etienne Roesch
  5. Nicolas Rougier
  6. Mohamed Oubbati

Applications in Health and Disease

  1. Basabdatta Bhattacharya
  2. Ingo Bojak
  3. Mauro Ursino
  4. Sid Visser
  5. Fabrice Wendling
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday
09.15-09.30 Welcome Announcements Announcements
09.30-10.15 Stephen Coombes Standing and travelling waves in a spherical brain model:  the Nunez model revisited Wolfram Erlhagen Learning a musical sequence by observation: A robotics implementation of a dynamic neural field model Ingo Bojak Neural population models, anaesthesia and the curse of dimensionality
10.30-11.15 Dimitris Pinotsis Electrophysiological Data and the Biophysical Modelling of Local Cortical Circuits Marc de Kamps Population Density Techniques: beyond Fokker-Planck Fabrice Wendling Micro-/meso-scopic models as a bridge between epileptic signals and (hyper)excitability mechanisms
11.30-12.15 Roland Potthast Data Assimilation for Neural Field Models Nicolas Rougier Cortical Plasticity, A Computational Approach Basabdatta Bhattacharya Building computational tools to understand brain diseases
12.15-14.00 Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
14.00-14.45 Thomas Knösche Neural Mass Models between Biological Realism and Mathematical Feasibility Mohamed Oubbati Neurodynamics For Modelling Agent-Environment Interaction Sid Visser Reflections on reductions of spiking neurons: role of fast dynamics
15.00-15.45 Martin Giese Neural field models for the perceptual organization in low-level and high-level motion vision Mauro Ursino The role of multiple rhythms in cognition: simulations with the use of neural mass modeling Axel Hutt Pattern storage and transient dynamics in heterogeneous neural fields in the context of cognition
15.45-16.15 Coffee Break Coffee Break Closing of Conference
16.15-17.00 Andreas Spiegler Stimulating the virtual brain at rest: dissipation and criticality Short talks (20 min each) 16.15 Davide Barbieri: Receptive Profiles, correlation length and uncertainty of angular measurements
17.00-18.00 - discussion time - 16.45 Zhivko Stoyanov: fMRI data and the dynamical communication in the brain
16.35 Zhivko Stoyanov: fMRI data and the dynamical communication in the brain
16.55 Yi Ming: Stochastic synchronization of neuronal populations with intrinsic and extrinsic noise
17.15 Timothée Dubuc: The retina is a piece of brain: Towards models of retinal function
From 18.00 Icebreaker & Poster Session in CINN

Fee for Participants GBP 75,-. Lunches and Coffee will be provided. Please register at ICNFT2014_Registration. Poster contributions welcome! There will be an icebreaker Monday, June 16 at 6pm in the CINN reception area, see image on the left.

Location and Travel Planning

The conference takes place in the Nike Theatre, Agriculture building, on Whiteknights Campus, close to Early Gate.

Reading Wikipedia is the main business centre west of Central London reachable by train in about 30 minutes from London Paddington.

From Heathrow International Airport, there are busses directly to Reading Station every 20min, travel time is 45 minutes.

The University of Reading is located south of Reading town centre, compare image on the right-hand side or Google Map. There are busses line 20 and 21 Map PDF going several times an hour, compare

In Reading, there are various hotels and guest houses. You might want to stay in the town centre, then look at the following possibilities Hotels Reading Town Centre. Cheaper hotels and gust houses close to the university can be found for example on Cheaper hotels close to campus.

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