Summer School:
Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience

Shanghai, China
July 5 - 23, 2014

Application deadline: March 15, 2014:

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Organized by:
Xiao-Jing Wang, New York University and NYU Shanghai, USA/China
Si Wu, Beijing Normal University, China
Upinder S Bhalla, Natl Ctr Biological Sci, Bangalore, India
Zachary F Mainen, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Portugal

Sponsored by Beijing Normal University, East China Normal University, NYU Shanghai, Hugo Shong and the McGovern Institute, Cold Spring Harbor Asia.

The 5th Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) summer school will be held in Shanghai, China. Designed to emphasize higher cognitive functions and their underlying neural circuit mechanisms, the course aims at training talented and highly motivated students and postdoctoral fellows from Asia and other countries in the world. Applicants with quantitative (including Physics, Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science) or experimental background are welcomed. The lectures will introduce the basic concepts and methods, as well as cutting-edge research on higher brain functions such as decision-making, attention, learning and memory. Modeling will be taught at multiple levels, ranging from single neuron computation, microcircuits and large-scale systems, to normative theoretical approach. Python and Matlab-based programming labs coordinated with the lectures will provide practical training in important computational methods.

Invited lecturers include:

Michael Breakspear (Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia)

Gonzalo G. de Polavieja (Cajal Institute, Spain)

Gustavo Deco (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)

Sophie Deneve (Ecole Normale Superieure, France)

Bob Desimone (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Kenji Doya (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

Michael Hausser (University College London, UK)

Bill Newsome (Stanford University, USA)
Flip Sabes (University of California, San Francisco, USA)

Mariano Sigman (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Please kindly note once you get accepted, the expenses of the summer school including tuition fee, housing and meals will be fully waived.

Other detailed summer school information (program, projects, etc.) will be available on

We look forward to seeing you in July.