2005 Summer School
"Experimental & Computational Neurodynamics"
August 15-26, 2005
La Jolla, CA

Application period closed. Contact Christopher Smith for more info.
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Thirty non-local researchers have been invited to participate. We currently have a waiting list. The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP), an NSF-sponsored Physics Frontiers Center, based on the campus of the University of California, San Diego as a partnership between UCSD, The Scripps Research Institute, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the San Diego Supercomputer Center will be hosting a 9-day summer school, "Experimental & Computational Neurodynamics ", August 15-26, 2005 in collaboration with the Institute for Nonliner Science (INLS). Applications to participate are due by April 1, 2005. Thirty applicants will be notofied of their selection to participate no later than May 1, 2005. Participants will have meals and accommodations in UCSD dormitories and funds are available to defray travel expenses. Although computers will be available for any hands-on activities, participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with them. Laptop computers should have wireless network capabilities and have OSX or Linux operating systems.


This summer school will provide an introduction to both experimental results and numerical modeling results in several active areas of neurobiology: olfaction, birdsong, learning and memory, vision, and the dynamics of central pattern generators. The lecture schedule will be leisurely with four lectures per day for nine days with afternoon and early evenings devoted to a computer laboratory where problems from the lectures or individual student projects can be addressed. The format is pedagogical as well as research oriented. Each lecturer will spend time introducing the subject, focusing on experiments as well as modeling opportunities, and end the series of talks with contemporary research results. The lectures are designed for graduate students, incoming as well as experienced, with various scientific backgrounds. The lectures will be directed toward bringing all students up to a high level of knowledge and preparing them for interesting research investigations. Some knowledge of neurobiology is encouraged, and any background in scientific computing will be beneficial.


Dr. Henry Abarbanel, Department of Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California-San Diego

Dr. Thomas Albright, Vision Center Laboratory, The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Dr. Gilles Laurent, Biology and Computation & Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Daniel Margoliash, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy and Department of Psychology, The University of Chicago

Dr. Mayank Mehta, Department of Neuroscience, Brain Sciences Program, Brown University

Dr. Gabriel Mindlin, Department of Physics, University of Buenos Aires

Dr. Bruno Olshausen, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior and Center for Neuroscience, University of California-Davis

Dr. Mikhail Rabinovich, Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California-San Diego

Dr. Allen Selverston, Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California-San Diego

* = Tentative