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Padraig Gleeson, 30 Apr 2014 14:58

OSB Workshop: Building and sharing models of the cortex

Alghero, Sardinia, 14-16 May 2014

This meeting will be the second main meeting of the Open Source Brain initiative (

Dates: 9am Wednesday 14th - 5pm Friday 16th May, 2014

Location: Hotel Calabona, Alghero, Sardinia

Local organisers: Sergio Solinas, Irene Solinas
Organising committee: Padraig Gleeson, Eugenio Piasini, Angus Silver, Boris Marin

Focus of the meeting

There are an increasing number of cortical cell and network models being created and made publicly available, from networks of leaky integrate and fire neurons to multicompartmental, conductance based cell models. These are frequently used as the basis for other studies by interested parties to address different scientific questions. This meeting will to look at the range of models out there from the neocortex and thalamus which are of general interest and work towards getting these onto public, open source repositories, in standardised formats (NeuroML & PyNN) and get them well tested, annotated and ready for use as research tools by the attendees and the wider community.

Confirmed speakers

Sharon Crook, Arizona State University, USA
Markus Diesmann, Research Center Jülich, Germany
Dirk Feldmeyer, Aachen University, Germany
Rick Gerkin, Arizona State University, USA
Alon Korngreen, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Dave Lester, SpiNNaker project, University of Manchester, UK
Angus Silver, University College London
Tim Vogels, University of Oxford, UK
Daniel Wójcik, Nencki Institute, Poland


There is no fee for attending the workshop, but registration is required. Please fill out the registration form here.

Provisional Agenda

Wednesday 14th May, 9am - 6pm

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| Introduction to the aims of the Open Source Brain initiative| What are the goals? What resources have been developed already? How can we get experimentalists to contribute data & improve the models? |
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| Detailed modelling of individual cortical neurons | Types of models which will be discussed include: Synaptic integration in L5 Pyramidal cell - Larkum et al. 2009; L5 Pyramidal Neuron - Almog and Korngreen 2014; Layer 5b Pyramidal cell - Hay et al. 2011 |

Thursday 15th May, 9am - 6pm

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| Network models of cortex: reduced models | Examples of models of this type on OSB: Balanced network with inhibitory plasticity - Vogels et al. 2011; Minimal HH models - Pospischil et al. 2008; Izhikevich Spiking Neuron Model ; Self Sustained Network Activity - Destexhe 2009; Sparsely connected spiking neuron network - Brunel 2000 |
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| Network models of cortex: multicompartmental, conductance based models | Examples of models of this type on OSB: Thalamocortical network - Traub et al. 2005; Primary Auditory Cortex network |

Friday 16th May, 9am - 6pm

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| OSB Symposium: Oscillation and resonance in CNS network loops | Organiser: Sergio Solinas This symposium aims to cluster the neuroscientists actively working in the field of neuronal network oscillations within the framework of OSB in order to promote the integration of models and tools in this area. |
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Afternoon Session* | |
| The future of OSB | Where do we go from here? What tools/infrastructure do we need to achieve real collaborative modelling in computational neuroscience? |


If you have any enquiries about this meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact:


This meeting is being generously supported by: