06/07/2006 08/07/2006

Workshop on "Information Theory, Neurobiology and Cognition"


Any aspects of information processing and modeling in neuroscience, cognition and behavior. Those wishing to attend and give a contributed talk (about 20-25 minutes + questions) please send a title and abstract. Proceedings of the meeting will be published in a refereed dedicated journal issue.
A certain amount of support for travel and accommodation will be available on a merit basis.

Local Information

Leipzig, located in Saxony about 200 km south-west of Berlin, has a population of 500,000. It has a rich cultural and intellectual heritage being one-time home to J.S. Bach, organist at Thomas Church from 1723 to 1750, J.W. Goethe, W. Heisenberg, F. Mendelssohn and is the birth place of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Richard Wagner. More recently, Leipzig is noteworthy as the crucible of the peaceful revolution of 1989, which led to the re-unification of Germany.


Moshe Abeles

Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

Nicolas Brunel

Université René Descartes - Paris 5, France

Gustavo Deco

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Sophie Deneve

École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Daniel Durstewitz

University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

J. Leo van Hemmen

Technische Universität München, Germany

Wolfgang Maass

Technische Universität Graz, Austria

Klaus Pawelzik

Universität Bremen, Germany

Helge Ritter

Universität Bielefeld, Germany

Wolf Singer

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany and Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany

Alessandro Treves

SISSA Trieste, Italy and Norwegian University of Science and Technolgy, Trondheim, Norway

Thomas Wennekers

University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

David Wolpert

NASA Ames Research Center, USA

Florentin Wörgötter

Universität Göttingen, Germany


Jul 6, 2006
09:00 - 09:10
09:10 - 10:05 Wolfgang Maass (Technische Universität Graz, Graz, Austria)
10:05 - 11:00 Klaus Pawelzik (Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany)
11:00 - 11:20
11:20 - 12:15 Alessandro Treves (SISSA Trieste, Trieste, Italy)
Latching dynamics as a model of recursion in language and beyond
12:15 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:10 Wolf Singer (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany)
Oscillations, synchrony and temporal codes in cortical processing
15:10 - 16:05 Moshe Abeles (Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Ramat-Gan, Israel)
Space and Time of Cortical Activity
16:05 - 16:25
16:25 - 17:20 Florentin Wörgötter (Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany)
Predictive Mechanisms in Neuronal Processing for the Generation of simple Semantics in Artificial Agents
17:20 - 17:50 André Grüning (SISSA Trieste, Trieste, Italy)
U-shape in learning faces reveals universal non-grammar
17:50 - 18:20 Lubomir Kostal (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Prague, Czech Republic), Petr Lansky
19:30 - 20:30
Jul 7, 2006
09:00 - 09:55 Nicolas Brunel (Université René Descartes - Paris 5, Paris, France)
09:55 - 10:50 David Wolpert (NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, USA)
Probability Collectives and Supervised Learning
10:50 - 11:10
11:10 - 12:05 Gustavo Deco (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
Fluctuation-driven Neurodynamics: A model of Decision-Making
12:05 - 14:05
14:05 - 15:00 Daniel Durstewitz (University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom)
Neural Dynamics and Biophysics of Active Memory
15:00 - 15:55 Sophie Deneve (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, Paris, France)
Bayesian inference and learning with spiking neurons
15:55 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45 Boris Gutkin (Institut Pasteur, Paris, Paris, France)
GABA Reversal Pontetials Control Synchronization of Neuronal Oscillators
16:45 - 17:15 Nihat Ay (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany)
Information Flows in Causal Networks
17:15 - 17:45 Werner Backhaus (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
Psychophysiological Modeling of Spatial Color Vision in Man
17:45 - 18:15 Fatihcan Atay (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany)
Time delays and neural field dynamics
Jul 8, 2006
09:00 - 09:55 Helge Ritter (Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany)
Probing Generic Integration Principles for Cognitive Functions
09:55 - 10:50 J. Leo van Hemmen (Technische Universität München, München, Germany)
Neuronal Map Formation & Time-Resolved Learning: Do Different Modalities "Observing" the Same Object Compete?
10:50 - 11:10
11:10 - 12:05 Thomas Wennekers (University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom)
12:05 - 12:35 Thimo Rohlf (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
Topological self-organization and critical dynamics of input-driven neural threshold networks
12:35 - 12:45

Scientific Organizers

Jürgen Jost

Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften

Henry Tuckwell

Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften

Administrative Contact

Antje Vandenberg

Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften Contact via Mail