RuCCS/Psychology/Computer Science Computational Neuroscience Workshop
"Computation, Cognition and the Brain"
Wed, May 30 - Friday, June 1, 2018
Room 2400, Academic Bldg, College Ave Campus, 15 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ

This 2 1/2 day workshop focuses on how the brain codes different aspects of experience. The workshop is jointly sponsored by the Center for Cognitive Science and the Psychology and Computer Science Departments at Rutgers University. The workshop will have 5 sessions, with three eminent experimental or computational neuroscience speakers per session. We will address big questions surrounding coding, representation, and decision-making from both neurobiological and computational perspectives. Discussion and audience participation will be encouraged.

Conference Organizers: Drs. Randy Gallistel, Brian McLaughlin, Dimitri Metaxas, Sara Pixley, and David Vicario.

 

Wednesday, May 30th

9:00 –  9:30  Coffee
   
Processing Levels: What mechanisms for encoding experiential statistics operate at the circuit versus cellular levels?
Moderator: David Vicario (Rutgers)
09:30 – 10:10   Dan Margoliash (U of Chicago): "Birdsong from ion channels through nonlinear dynamics to behavior: some answers, many questions."
10:10 – 10:50 Michael Long (NYU): "Uncovering circuit principles that enable robust behavioral sequences"
10:50 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:40 Adrienne Fairhall (U of Washington)
11:40 – 12:20 Open Discussion
   
12:20 –  02:00 Lunch Break (Lunch Not Provided)
   
Decision Making: How is accumulating evidence represented and how are decisions based on those representations?
Moderator: TBD
02:00 – 02:40 Mike Shadlen (Columbia)
02:40 – 03:20 Jonathan Pillow (Princeton)
03:20 – 03:30 Coffee Break
03:30 – 04:10 Konrad Kording (U Penn)
04:10 – 04:40 Open Discussion
   
04:40 – 05:00 Daily wrap up

 

Thursay, May 31st

9:00 –  9:30  Coffee
   
Space and Time: How are simple quantities coded in neural firing and stored in memory for subsequent access?
Moderator: John McGann (Rutgers)
09:30 – 10:10  Randy Gallistel (Rutgers): "Finding numbers in the brain"
10:10 – 10:50 Russell Epstein (UPenn): "Anchoring the cognitive map: Neural mechanisms for landmark-based navigation"
10:50 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:40 David Huber (UMass): "A memory retrieval model of grid cells: The function of grid cells may be something other than spatial position"
11:40 – 12:20 Open Discussion
   
12:20 –  02:00 Lunch Break  (Lunch Not Provided)
   
Higher Visual Perception: How do visual statistics subserve object encoding in the brain?
Moderator: Dimitri Metaxis (Rutgers)
02:00 – 02:40 Anitha Pasupathy (U of Washington): "Encoding things and stuff: multiplexed form and texture signals in primate V4"
02:40 – 03:20 Jack Gallant (Berkeley)
03:20 – 03:30 Coffee Break
03:30 – 04:10 James DiCarlo (MIT): "Reverse engineering human visual intelligence"
04:10 – 04:40 Open Discussion
   
04:40 – 05:00 Daily Wrap Up
05:00 – 07:00 Wine Reception

 

Friday, June 1st

9:00 –  9:30  Coffee
   
Encoding Theory: What are computational mechanisms for information processing in the brain?
Moderator: Pernille Hemmer (Rutgers)
09:30 – 10:10  Aurel Lazar (Columbia)
10:10 – 10:50 Eero Simoncelli (NYU)
10:50 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:40 Tatyana Sharpee (Salk): "Cortical representation of natural stimuli"
11:40 – 12:30 Open Discussion
   
12:30 –  02:00 Closing Remarks and Conclusion Lunch Reception

 

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