Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain 2018

August 18, 2018 - September 2, 2018

  • Friday Harbor, WA

Announcing the Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain, co-hosted by the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Computational Neuroscience Program at the University of Washington and directed by Drs. Michael Buice, Shawn Olsen, Christof Koch and Adrienne Fairhall.

This intensive two-week, project-based interdisciplinary course aims to give advanced students in neuroscience, biology, physics, engineering and computer science a rapid introduction to the current state of understanding of the neurobiology of sensory processing, coding, and neural population dynamics. In addition, the course makes extensive use of data science tools for team-based projects and computational tools for analysis of large-scale and multimodal neural datasets.

The workshop will include a Python bootcamp and other software tutorials. Scientific lectures will be taught by faculty from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Brain Science, on topics focused on the mammalian cortex and closely associated satellite structures. Lecture topics will include neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of cortex, neuronal cell types and cortical layers, connectomics, optical and electrophysiological methods for measuring cell populations, theories and modeling of neocortex and associated structures, big data approaches, and perceptual and behavioral neuroscience (with a focus on vision).

The workshop will feature large-scale datasets generated by the Allen Institute including the Allen Brain Observatory. Pre-release Neuropixel electrophysiological and behavioral datasets will also be explored at the workshop.  Other Allen Institute resources will be available for interested students, including datasets featured in previous workshops and as well as modeling tools.

Applications for the 2018 course are now open.