Columbia Workshop on Brain Circuits, Memory and Computation

BCMC 2018

Thursday and Friday, March 15-16, 2018

Davis Auditorium, CEPSR

Center for Neural Engineering and Computation

Columbia University, New York, NY 10027


The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in developing executable models of neural computation/processing of the brain of model organisms. Of interest are models of computation that consist of elementary units of processing using brain circuits and memory elements. Elementary units of computation/processing include population encoding/decoding circuits with biophysically-grounded neuron models, non-linear dendritic processors for motion detection/direction selectivity, spike processing and pattern recognition neural circuits, movement control and decision-making circuits, etc. Memory units include models of spatio-temporal memory circuits, circuit models for memory access and storage, etc. A major aim of the workshop is to explore the integration of various sensory and control circuits in higher brain centers.

A Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon is being conducted in conjunction with the workshop. Workshop participants are welcome to attend the hackathon.

Organizer and Program Chair

Aurel A. Lazar, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University.


Registration is free but all participants have to register. Thank you!

Lodging and Directions to Venue

Please follow this link for lodging details and directions to the hotel and venue.

Invited Speakers (Confirmed)

Misha B. Ahrens, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Davi Bock, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Claude Desplan, Department of Biology, New York University.

Mark A. Frye, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles.

C. Giovanni Galizia, Department of Biology, University of Konstanz.

Maria N. Geffen, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Department of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania.

Hokto Kazama, Riken Brain Science Institute, Tokyo.

Donggen Luo, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Peking University, Beijing.

Thomas Nowotny, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex.

Pavan Ramdya, Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Lausanne.

Aravinthan D.T. Samuel, Department of Physics and center for Brain Science, Harvard University.

Sebastian Seung, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University.

Simon G. Sprecher, Department of Biology, University of Fribourg.

Seth Tomchik, The Scripps Research Institute Florida.

Joshua T. Vogelstein, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Computational Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

Scott Waddell, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford.

Anthony M. Zador, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

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