Computational Neuroscience: Vision
July 11 - 24, 2016
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016


Geoffrey Boynton, University of Washington
Gregory Horwitz, University of Washington
Jonathan Pillow, Princeton University

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Computational approaches to neuroscience will produce important advances in our understanding of neural processing. Prominent success will come in areas where strong inputs from neurobiological, behavioral and computational investigation can interact. The theme of the course is that an understanding of the computational problems, the constraints on solutions to these problems, and the range of possible solutions can help guide research in neuroscience. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on experience with MATLAB-based computer tutorials and projects, this intensive course will examine visual information processing from the retina to higher cortical areas, spatial pattern analysis, motion analysis, neuronal coding and decoding, attention, and decision-making. Key focus areas of the workshop will include:

2016 Speakers:

J. Anthony Movshon, New York University
Eero Simoncelli, New York University
Fred Rieke, University of Washington
Stephanie Palmer, University of Chicago
Julijana Gjorgjieva, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
David Brainard, University of Pennsylvania
James DiCarlo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nicole Rust, University of Pennsylvania
Adrienne Fairhall, University of Washington
Jenny Read, Newcastle University
Alexander Huk, University of Texas at Austin
Stefan Treue, University of Gottingen
Marlene Cohen, University of Pittsburgh
Wei Ji Ma, New York University
Anne Churchland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Roozbeh Kiani, New York University
EJ Chichilnisky, Stanford University
Jon Shlens, Google Brain

The course 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.

Support & Stipends

Major support provided by the Helmsley Charitable Trust and Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:

Interdisciplinary Fellowships (transitioning from outside biology)  & Scholarships (transitioning from other biological disciplines) (Helmsley Charitable Trust)
Domestic/International applicants (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Scientists from developing countries accepted into this course may be eligible for scholarships provided by the International Brain Research Organization.

Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the  instructors. 

Cost (including board and lodging): $3,725

This button links to a short form which confirms your interest in the course. No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.

Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on Sunday July 10 and plan to depart in the morning of Sunday July 24.