July 23 - August 2, 2015

Application Deadline: May 17, 2015

Mark Reimers, Michigan State University                  Pascal Wallisch, New York University

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Today’s technologies enable neuroscientists to gather data in quantities previously unimagined. At the same time, computational resources are increasing, and new analysis methods proliferating, at a rapid pace. Therefore many experimental researchers experience a bottleneck when it comes time to analyze their hard-won data. This course is designed to help neuroscience practitioners to develop conceptual and practical capabilities to meet the challenges posed by the analysis of large functional datasets. Specifically, we will emphasize statistical issues, such as pre-processing of data, sampling biases, estimation methods and hypothesis testing. The course will give a solid conceptual and technical grounding in widely used techniques such as: spectral analysis, information theory, and multivariate analysis. Data types considered stem from a variety of methods including single- and multi-electrode extracellular recordings, local field potentials, EEG & MEG, functional MRI and optical imaging. We will also consider how to integrate neural data with high-throughput behavioral data. The workshop will proceed in a seminar-style, led by leading neural data analysts, with demonstrations and practical lab data analysis exercises supervised by instructors.

Speakers in 2015 include:
Michael X. Cohen, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sophie Deneve, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
Jeremy Freeman, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus
Konrad Kording, Northwestern University
Nikolaus Kriegeskorte,
University of Cambridge, UK
Leslie Osborne, University of Chicago
Jonathan Pillow,
Princeton University
Jonathan Simon, University of Maryland

The course is aimed primarily at advanced grad students and early postdocs, and will be held at the Laboratory’s Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island. All participants stay within walking distance of the Center, close to tennis court, pool and private beach. The workshop will begin on the morning of July 23 (students are expected to arrive on the afternoon or evening of July 22) and end by lunchtime on August 2.

The course will be supported with funds provided by the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Grant funds may be used to defray student tuition, room and board costs, subject to financial need.

Cost (including board and lodging): $3,190

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