General Information

Neural Coding, Decision-Making & Integration in Time

Castle of Rauischholzhausen, Germany, April 26-29, 2012

Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2011. Abstracts will be published by Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Please submit to Julia Trommershäuser, email: trommer@cns.nyu.edu; meeting registration is 500 EUR and includes board and lodging at the castle. 

This workshop will bring together researchers from the fields of computational neuroscience, electrophysiology and behavioral neuroscience to discuss the computational principles underlying neural coding of motor coordination and sensory integration in time with a focus on adaptive behavior. Recent research highlights that uncertainty is one of the central problems in cue combination and Bayesian statistics is the systematic way of calculating with uncertainties. Importantly, statistics defines a unified language that can be used both for analyzing why the nervous system works the way it does as well as analyzing how it does so. Within the statistical framework we can formulate the problem of integration of multimodal information over time.

The disciplines represented at the workshop include computational neuroscience, Bayesian statistics, psychophysics, neurophysiology, and cognitive science. Central to the format of the proposed workshop is the strong link between computational and empirical neuroscientists. A key aspect of all workshop contributions will be the development of a common theoretical language to be used across behavioral and electrophysiological experiments.

The conference will be organized as a workshop for 40 selected participants (invited lectures, and poster contributions by selected participants). The central part of the program will consist of invited lectures of leading researchers from the fields of computational neuroscience, electrophysiology and behavioral neuroscience; the meeting will focus on creating a common language across these disciplines. The topics chosen focus specifically on the fundamental problems and limits behind existing theoretical approaches of modeling the neural processing driving human and animal behavior. In addition, selected participants will be invited to present their work in a poster session.

Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), organizers Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer, Konrad P. Körding, Julia Trommershäuser