Global Brain

The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain (SCGB) aims to expand our understanding of the role of internal brain processes in the arc from sensation to action, thereby discovering the nature, role and mechanisms of the neural activity that produces cognition.

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  • August 12, 2020
    5:00 - 6:30 PM
    Event Virtual Bay-Area Postdoc/Student Meeting

    The Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain hosts a postdoc-focused Bay area group meeting every other month to bring together postdocs interested in neural coding and dynamics, to discuss ideas and data.

    Louis Kang
    Postdoctoral Researcher, DeWeese Laboratory
    Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, UC Berkeley
    Topological discovery in spatial representation circuits with persistent homology

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  • August 22 - September 6, 2020

    Friday Harbor
    Related CANCELED: Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain

    UPDATE:"At this time, we anticipate holding the next Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain as planned in 2021."

    The Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain is an intensive, project-based residential course with a focus on the neurobiology of sensory processing, coding, and neural population dynamics. This program is intended for researchers at the graduate and postdoctoral level with an interest in developing the intersection of their scientific knowledge and their computational skills.

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  • September 29 - October 1, 2020

    Related Bernstein Conference 2020

    Each year the Bernstein Network invites the international computational neuroscience community to the annual Bernstein Conference for intensive scientific exchange. It has established itself as one of the most renown conferences worldwide in this field, attracting students, postdocs and PIs from around the world to meet and discuss new scientific discoveries.

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  • October 6, 2020
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Related Internal States of the Brain

    Join MIT's Picower Institute online for their fall symposium, "Internal States of the Brain", organized by assistant professor Steven Flavell.

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  • October 12 - 14, 2020

    University College London
    Related 2020 Neuropixels course

    Neuropixels probes are transforming neurophysiology, with over 265 laboratories worldwide adopting them in 2019 alone. The probes have 1,000 sites closely spaced on a 1 cm shank, yielding recordings of up to 500 neurons per probe. This practical course aims to train students and postdocs to use these probes and to spike sort using Kilosort and Phy. To apply please fill out this form before January 24, 2020.

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  • November 5 - 6, 2020

    Princeton Club of New York
    Related Deep Math 2020

    Conference on the Mathematical Theory of Deep Neural Networks:
    Recent advances in deep neural networks (DNNs), combined with open, easily-accessible implementations, have made DNNs a powerful, versatile method used widely in both machine learning and neuroscience. These advances in practical results, however, have far outpaced a formal understanding of these networks and their training. The purpose of this conference is to give visibility to these results, and those that will follow in their wake, to shed light on the properties of large, adaptive, distributed learning architectures, and to revolutionize our understanding of these systems.

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  • November 9 - 12, 2020

    Related From Neuroscience to Artificially Intelligent Systems (NAISys)

    Postponed: COVID-19: Because of the ongoing COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, CSHL and the organizers have reached the difficult decision to postpone the meeting on From Neuroscience to Artificially Intelligent Systems originally scheduled for March 24-28, 2020 until November 8-12, 2020.
    Artificial intelligence (AI) and neural networks have long drawn on neuroscience for inspiration. However, in spite of tremendous recent advances in AI, natural intelligence is still far more adept at interacting with the real world in real-time, adapting to changes, and doing so under significant physical and energetic constraints. The goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers at the intersection of AI and neuroscience, and to identify insights from neuroscience that can help catalyze the development of next-generation artificial systems.

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  • January 14 - 15, 2021

    Allen Institute for Brain Science
    Related Neuropixels Workshop

    Neuropixels probes represent a major advance in neural recording technology. The workshop will consist of both interactive seminars and hands-on training sessions, with the goal of teaching you the skills required to set up Neuropixels experiments in your lab. Emphasis will be placed on multi-probe recordings, which take advantage of the unique capabilities of Neuropixels technology. Applications are due by April 1, 2020

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  • May 2 - 5, 2021

    Janelia Research Campus
    Related State-Dependence of Sensation and Behavior

    This meeting will gather researchers to discuss how various sensory pathways interface with the neural circuits controlling states: where in brain and body they converge, the dynamics of those interactions and the consequences for behavioral outcomes. Work in diverse species, including mouse, fruit fly and human, will be covered. Deadline to apply: May 20, 2020

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  • June 1 - 21, 2021

    The Pike Lake
    Related Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (TENSS) 2020

    This event has been postponed to June 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

    TENSS concentrates top-level international expertise to teach a dozen students techniques and concepts in experimental systems neuroscience. We focus on modern optical and electrophysiological methods to study the connectivity and function of neuronal circuits. The course is designed to be intensive and highly interactive, including both lab sessions and theoretical lectures. Coursework will take place in a land of myth and legend, beyond large forests (Transylvania), on the shores of a picturesque natural reserve called Pike Lake. Applications are welcome from interested (and interesting) graduate students and postdocs. Application deadline: March 1st 2020

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