New approaches to spike train analysis and neuronal coding


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Scope and objective

Workshop format

Invited speakers

Contributing speakers

Complementary workshops

Workshop organizers



General information                                                             


Main meeting:

Twentieth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting CNS*2011

July 23-26, 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden


July 27 / 28, 2011                                      (This workshop: July 27)



Scope and objective                                                             


A myriad of putative properties have been proposed for the spiking responses of neuronal populations. However, spike train properties like sparseness, temporal coding, synchrony and population coding are easier to describe intuitively than to match to quantitative definitions that can be applied to experimental data. As a consequence, it may be that some of the important questions being posed about neuronal coding are difficult to answer precisely because they are difficult to phrase in an answerable way. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss how different approaches, such as measures of spike train (dis)similarity and methods from information theory, can be used to define quantitative properties of neuronal signalling, properties which could be used to analysis the large quantities of experimental data now available in a way that would help explain neuronal coding. Contributions will include both experimental and theoretical studies, data analysis as well as modelling.



Workshop format                                                                 


The workshop consisted of four sessions of one and an half hour each.

These included five presentations by invited speakers (35 + 5 min each).

In addition, five slots for contributed talks (20 + 5 min) were assigned.

At the end ample time for discussion was provided.



Invited speakers                                                        



Contributing speakers                                                    



Complementary workshops                                                  


Our workshop was coordinated with three complementary workshops:

       (Organizer: Dan Gardner)

       (Organizers: Aurel A. Lazar and Mikko I. Juusola)

       (Organizers: Alex G. Dimitrov and Aurel A. Lazar)




Workshop organizers                                                           



 Conor Houghton


 Department of Mathematics

 Trinity College

 Dublin 2, Ireland


 +353-1-896-3542 (w)
 +353-1-896-2282 (f)

 +353-87-9923877 (m/c)



 Thomas Kreuz


 Institute for Complex Systems (ISC)

 National Research Council (CNR)

 Florence, Italy


 +39-055-522-6630 (w)

 +39-055-522-6683 (f)

 +39-349-0748506 (m/c)