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Information Coding in the Cerebral Cortex:
The Origin and the Role of Distributed/Stochastic/Synchronous Patterns

August 22nd - 27th, 1999

Shonan Village Center, Hayama, Japan

This six-day course, sponsored by the Japanese Neural Network Society, aims to bring together graduate students and leading researchers who are interested in the study of neural coding in the brain. It provides opportunities for theoreticians to learn recent experimental findings and to work on real data, and for experimentalists to be acquainted with theoretical frameworks and to have hand-on experience with latest computational techniques. (note: most lectures are given in Japanese.)

Course schedule

August 22nd: Introduction to neural information processing
Review of neural coding, Kenji Doya
Mathematical background, Noboru Murata
August 23rd: Statistical approaches
Information, redundancy and population coding, Yoshiyuki Kabashima
Unsupervised learning models of receptive field tuning, Yutaka Sakaguchi
August 24th: Inter/intra cortical dynamics
Inter-cortical processing in visual perception, Hidehiko Komatsu
Markov random field and coritcal dynamics, Masato Okada
Expectation-Maximization and cortical dynamics, Shiro Ikeda
August 25th: Single neuron and local circuit dynamics
Single neuron dynamics and plasticity, Hiroshi Ito
Cortical local circuit and oscillation, Tomoki Fukai
August 26th: Synchrony and temporal coding
Multi-electrode recording and information coding, Yoshio Sakurai
Temporal coding: theory and data analysis: Ad Aertsen
August 27th: General discussion


A total of 30 students will be accepted. The deadline for application is May 15th, 1999. Please check the home page http://www.kawato.jst.go.jp/doya/niss99 or contact by e-mail niss99@erato.atr.co.jp

General Chair:
Minoru Tsukada
Hiroshi Fujii
Kenji Doya
Ad Aertsen, Tomoki Fukai, Shiro Ikeda, Hiroyuki Ito, Yoshiyuki Kabashima, Noboru Murata, Masato Okada, Yutaka Sakaguchi, Yoshio Sakurai
Shun-ichi Amari, Yuichiro Anzai, Akimichi Kaneko, Mitsuo Kawato, Hidehiko Komatsu, Hideaki Saito, Koji Sawada, Ichiro Tsuda, Shiro Usui

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For more information, mail to niss99@erato.atr.co.jp