Following the success of the previous editions of LASCON (Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience), I am pleased to announce the 8th LASCON, which will take place January 6-31, 2020 at the NeuroMat Center in the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
LASCON aims at introducing young researchers and graduate and advanced undergraduate students to the use of computational and mathematical methods for modeling neurons and neural networks. The following topics will be covered: biophysically detailed single neuron models; reduced and simplified single neuron models; networks of biophysical and simplified neuron models; synaptic plasticity and learning; spike train analysis; statistical methods in neuroscience; models of extracellular fields; modeling of brain stimulation; predictive coding; dynamics of neuronal functional connectivity; and computational psychiatry. These subjects will be illustrated with the use of programs NEURON, neuroConstruct, XPP-AUTO, Matlab, NEST, Brian and the Virtual Brain. Students will have to work on small research projects (to be done in groups of two), which they will present orally at the end of the school.
The following lecturers will be in charge of theoretical classes and tutorials:
Aline Duarte, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Antonio Galves,University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Arnd Roth, University College, London, UK
Christophe Pouzat, Paris Descartes University, Paris, France
Demian Battaglia, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
Eli Shlizerman, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Emilio Kropf, Leloir Institute Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gaute Einevoll, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, As, Norway
German Mato, Bariloche Atomic Center, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Horacio Rotstein, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA
John Murray, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Marcelo Reyes, Federal University of ABC, Sao Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil
Mauricio Girardi-Schappo, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Mauro Copelli, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
Renan Shimoura, University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
Risto Ilmoniemi, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Rodrigo Cofre, University of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile
Sacha van Albada, Juelich Research Center, Juelich, Germany
Salvador Durá-Bernal, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA
Volker Steuber, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
William Lytton, State University of New York, New York, NY, USA
The number of students is limited to 20 and applications should be made electronically via the application form in the school’s web page (www.sisne.org/lascon). Applicants are also requested to submit a detailed CV (in English) and to provide two letters of recommendation.
The application deadline is October 5, 2019 (until midnight, US Pacific time).
There is no registration fee for the school. Costs for accommodation will be covered by the school organization. Travel costs have to be covered by the students. Sao Paulo is the major transportation hub in South America, so it is possible to fly from basically anywhere in the world to its airports.
In the selection procedure, priority will be given to Latin-American students, but students from other parts of the world are encouraged to apply as well.
LASCON 2020 is an activity of the FAPESP Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat – http://neuromat.numec.prp.usp.br/).
I am looking forward to see you in Sao Paulo.