OSB Workshop 2014: Building and sharing models of the cortex¶
This meeting will be the second main meeting of the Open Source Brain initiative (http://www.opensourcebrain.org).
Dates: 9am Wednesday 14th - 5pm Friday 16th May, 2014
Focus of the meeting¶
There are an increasing number of cortical cell and network models being developed and made publicly available, from networks of leaky integrate and fire neurons based on cortical connectivity and firing properties, to multicompartmental, conductance based cell models. Many of these are being reused, reimplemented and extended to address new scientific questions by labs around the world.
In this meeting, we will look at the range cortico-thalamic models out there which are of widespread interest and work towards getting these into public, open source repositories, in standardised formats such as NeuroML and PyNN. We will investigate the steps needed to ensure these models are well tested, annotated and ready for use as research tools by the attendees and the wider community.
There will be presentations from experimentalists who are producing the data to constrain these models, as well as simulator and application developers who will create the infrastructure to build, simulate, analyse and share the models.
Giuseppe Chindemi, Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Sharon Crook, Arizona State University, USA
Markus Diesmann, Research Center Jülich, Germany
Dirk Feldmeyer, Aachen University, Germany
Alon Korngreen, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Linda Lanyon, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, Stockholm, Sweden
Dave Lester, SpiNNaker project, University of Manchester, UK
Robert A. McDougal, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Michele Migliore, National Research Council, Italy & Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Ole Paulsen, University of Cambridge, UK
Horacio G. Rotstein, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark (NJ) USA.
Angus Silver, University College London
Werner Van Geit, Blue Brain Project, EPFL, Switzerland
Tim Vogels, University of Oxford, UK
Daniel Wójcik, Nencki Institute, Poland
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Wednesday 14th May, 9am - 6pm¶
|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?|
|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¶
|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|
|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¶
|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. For more information see here: Symposium2014|
|The future of OSB||Where do we go from here? What tools/infrastructure do we need to achieve real collaborative modelling in computational neuroscience?|
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Alghero is easy to reach thanks to national and international flights that land daily (list of Companies and destinations: http://www.aeroportodialghero.it/voli/compagnie\_en.asp).
Alghero-Fertilia Airport is located just 12 km from the Workshop venue and is the most convenient way to reach the meeting venue. The Airport is very well connected to Alghero by public transportation (buses run every 15 minutes, one way fare Euro 0,70) and by taxi. The major rent-a-car companies are located at the airport arrival area.
The city is also well connected to the main Mediterranean sea routes. The port of Porto Torres is located 45 Km away. Alternatively, Olbia-Costa Smeralda airport is 128Km away and Cagliari airport is 225Km away.
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