Eigth Summer School of the Centre of Neural Dynamics (SSCND8)

Dates: May 20 - June 2.

Summary:

The course is intended for graduate students and undergraduate students in their third and fourth year of study in the physical sciences (e.g. physics, applied mathematics, engineering, computer science) and the life sciences (e.g. neuroscience, biology, physiology, human kinetics) who wish to develop their skills in neural data analysis and in mathematical modeling of neural activity. The topics will range from cellular to systems neuroscience, with applications in medicine. Individuals outside of academia may also participate.

The first week will consist of 3 hours of lectures in the mornings followed by an afternoon of relatedcomputer-based laboratories. The second week will consist of 3 hours of lectures in the mornings, followed by an afternoon of interactive discussions and brainstorming activities. Each day will focus on a different subject in systems neuroscience and/or medicine. Participants will work in small groups with mentors, and will be prepared for these activities by directed readings. Later in the afternoon, groups will convene into a plenary session with our experts to identify proper computational questions and associated timely research projects on the focus theme. All classes will be held on the main downtown campus of the University of Ottawa.

The course can also be taken for credit, since it is a University of Ottawa three-credit graduate course (NSC8104). The mark will be based on work done in the computer laboratories and a project. All students receive a letter stating that they satisfactorily participated in the school, regardless of whether they take the course for credit. Those taking it for credit will receive their mark from the University of Ottawa Registrar's Office later in the summer.

Curriculum

The lectures and learning activities will be directed by faculty members from the centre for neural dynamics and from external universities. Details will follow.

First week: Introduction to computational modelling: single neuron models, network models, neural coding. Introduction to the analysis of neural data.

Second week: Selected topics in systems neuroscience with applications in medicine: stroke and motor control, brain machine interface, memory, sensory disorders and psychiatry. Special lecture by Sylvain Williams (McGill) on Brain Rhythms. With the support of our experts, participants will take part in the process of identifying problems that are ripe for investigating computational questions, and in formulating the research strategy to answer such questions.

Faculty

  • Prof. André Longtin
  • Prof. Richard Naud
  • Prof. Steve Prescott
  • Prof. Jonathan Rubin
  • Prof. Jean-Philippe Thivierge
  • Prof. Majid Mohajerani
  • Prof. Greg Silasi
  • Prof. Adam Sachs
  • Dr. Chad Boulay
  • Prof. Jean-Claude Béïque
  • Prof. Maurice Chacron
  • Prof. Sylvain Williams
  • Prof. Cathy Morris

Prerequisites:

Calculus I, Calculus II, Ordinary Differential Equations (or equivalent), Introduction to Probability and Statistics (or equivalent), Scientific Programming (or equivalent).

Important Dates

January 6, 2018: Registration opens.

February 15, 2018: Application deadline (including letter of recommendation).

Modified date - February 28, 2018: Notification of acceptance to the program and level of financial support.

Modified date - March 10, 2018: Confirmation of acceptance by the participant.

As soon as possible after notification of acceptance, participants can reserve their accommodation online at congres@uottawa.ca or by phoning 613-562-5800 ext.5771. Financial arrangements can be made with the staff at Congress and Reservations.

Enrolment limited to 30 students.

Credits

The summer course can be taken to obtain credits from the university. Students taking the course for credits will need to submit a written report on their project, which will be evaluated (pass or fail). Tuition fees applies only to students taking the course for credits. Those fees are set by the registrar office.

Accommodation

Participants may seek accommodation at the University Residence, or find accommodation independently. Associated fees are not covered by the summer school. Suites have been reserved at the Henderson Residence, which accommodates two people per suite, at 120 CAD+tx. per night per suite (i. e. 60 CAD+tx per person). Each suite has two independent bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The Residence has a shared kitchen. A minimal partial support for meals is guaranteed for every participant. Perhaps more funding will be available for students with higher needs; details to follow as funding decisions are pending.

Contact

For questions concerning logistics please contact Victoria Racher. The summer school is organized by André Longtin and Richard Naud.

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Last updated: Friday, 27-Apr-2018 21:28:02 EDT