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November 15, 2019: BCN Symposium

Computational modeling across different levels of neuroscience

The main question this symposium tries to answer is how computational modeling can be used to connect the different levels of description of the brain. We have invited experts to share their level of modeling and to provide their ideas on how their modeling can relate to other levels. Andre Marquand uses modeling on whole-brain level of fMRI to predict the presence of psychiatric disorders. Demian Battaglia connects the whole-brain level to the micro and medial levels, and has modeling work on all of those levels. Fleur Zeldenrust on the other hand does modeling primarily on the single-neuron level but is growing these neurons into networks. Samuel Johnson focuses on how we can characterize the topology of brain networks. In addition to external experts, the symposium will also contain presentations from various researchers at the University of Groningen who use computational modeling in their work. The work done at Groningen ranges from the micro level of neuromorphic circuits to the macro level of cognitive architectures.

Final Program

9:00 –9.30             Registration with coffee/tea

9:30 – 10:15         Dr. Fleur Zeldenrust
                             Information transfer in the brain: from single cell to network

10:15 – 11:00       Dr. Andre Marquand
                            Learning neural representations to make personalised predictions in brain disorders

11:00 – 11:30        Coffee break

11:30 – 12:15      Dr. Demian Battaglia
                            From multi-scale structure to functional interactions, via complex dynamics: does the connectome matter?

12:15 – 13:15         Lunch break

13:15 – 14.45      Highlights from modeling work done at the University of Groningen
(Prof.dr. Herbert Jaeger, Prof.dr. Niels Taatgen, Dr. Jelmer Borst, Prof.dr. Frans Cornelissen, Drs. Oscar Portoles, Prof.dr. Hedderik van Rijn)

14:45 – 15:15         Tea break

15:15 – 16:00      Dr. Samuel Johnson
Dynamics of Directed Neural Networks

16:00– 16:45       General discussion : what are the insights from today about how modeling can bridge the gaps between levels of description of neural data?

16:45 – 17:15         Drinks


Energy Academy Europe building, Nijenborgh 6, Groningen

Speakers’ information:

Dr. Demian Battaglia:

Dr. Samuel Johnson:

Dr. Andre Marquand:

Prof.dr. Petra Ritter: ,

Dr. Fleur Zeldenrust:


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