SCiNDU2 / NeuroEng 2017

SCiNDU2: The Second Systems and Computational Neuroscience DownUnder conference.
Joint meeting with NeuroEng 2017: The 10th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Neuroscience

Dec 13-15th 2017
Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland

Confirmed international speakers:

Polina Anikeeva
Daphne Bavelier
Kwabena Boahen
Tobias Bonhoeffer
Rosa Cossart
Kenji Doya
Alex Pouget
Rafael Yuste

Other speakers to be announced. Further details will be posted on as they become available.

Contact: Geoff Goodhill, University of Queensland

Complexity, Criticality and Computation (C3) Summer Research Camp

Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
November 30 – December 4, 2015

The study of complex systems is about understanding indirect effects. Why is it necessary to study complex systems? Humans are typically inclined to use reductionist logic. To understand how a system would behave overall, or to test whether a human-made system works as it was intended to, we put it through a series of ‘short, discrete’ scenarios, expecting a ‘correct response’ to each scenario. However, complex systems do not lend themselves to short, discrete scenarios. Not all scenarios have clear endings or known, correct answers. How do we evaluate the usability of, or predict the behaviour of systems that are too complex for our typical reductionist reasoning? The answer to this question is not intuitive or trivial, and a specific skill set needs to be developed in order to answer it.

We will consider a diverse range of systems, applications, theoretical and practical approaches to computational modelling of modern complex systems such as health, including information theory, agent-based simulation, network theory, nonlinear dynamics, swarm intelligence, evolutionary methods, computational neuroscience, and econophysics, among others. Continue reading

NeuroEng 2016 – Save the Date!

We are pleased to announce that the 9th Australasian Workshop on Neuro-Engineering and Computational Modelling (NeuroEng 2016) will be held from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th November 2016 at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. There will be an announcement about abstracts and registration in 2016. Meanwhile, email the Chair, Prof Michael Breakspear, if you have queries or suggestions.

December 15-17th, 2015, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Deadline for abstracts and early registration is Oct 16th 2015.

This conference will bring together international leaders in understanding the computational principles underlying how neural circuits decode sensory information, make decisions, and learn from experience. Abstract submissions for poster presentation are welcome. Some abstracts will be selected for short talks.

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NeuroEng 2015: 8th Australasian Workshop on Computational Neuroscience

NeuroEng 2015: 8th Australasian Workshop on Computational Neuroscience
Queenstown, New Zealand
26 – 28 August 2015
NeuroEng-AWCBR Joint Symposium on Vestibular System 
29 August 2015
* Bringing together computational neuroscientists and researchers at the interface between neuroscience and engineering
* Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Neuroscience  •  Neuroimaging & Connectomics  •  EEG Analysis  •  Neural Modeling & Engineering  •  Neuromorphic Engineering  •  Neuroprosthetics & Brain Machine Interfaces
  •  Neural Information Processing  •  Neuroinformatics  •  Cognitive Modeling
 Keynote speakers:
* Hans Straka, Ludwig-Maximillians University, Munich
* Simon Schultz, Imperial College, London
* Dan Merfeld, Harvard Medical School, Boston
* Larry Hoffman, UCLA Medical School, Los Angeles
* David Grayden,  Bionic Vision Australia, University of Melbourne
* Mark Sagar, Laboratory for Animate Technologies, Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier ski resort, and August is peak ski season. The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 26th at the Skyline Restaurant; dinner ticket includes gondola ride to the restaurant. The conference venue is
20 minutes from Coronet Peak skifield and the programme will allow for 1/2 day skiing on at least two of the days.  Activities near Queenstown include hiking, mountain biking, jet boating, rafting, bungy jumping and winery tours.
At that time of the year there are direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Queenstown. Because it is peak season it may pay to book flights and accommodation asap.
Abstract submission deadline 14 June 2015 14 July 2015.
For further information contact:

Call for Abstracts – IWSP7: Epilepsy Mechanisms, Models, Prediction & Control

The 7th International Workshop on Seizure Prediction (IWSP7: Epilepsy Mechanisms, Models, Prediction & Control) will bring together world leading epileptologists, engineers, physicists, mathematicians, neurosurgeons and neuroscientiststo focus on epilepsy research in Melbourne Australia from 3-6 August 2015.

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Integrative Brain Function Workshop — Multi-modal approaches to understand brain functions

Date: June 30 (Mon)
Venue: Monash Biomedical Imaging facility

Registration: 50 AUD (25AUD for students & postdocs or those who are affiliated with ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function)

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Organizers: Nao Tsuchiya, Nic Price, Alex Fornito, Gary Egan (Monash University)

Contact: for questions about this event, please contact Nao Tsuchiya

Keynote Speakers: (40 min talk + 10 min Q)
David Leopold (single neuron, LFP, fMRI — NIH/NIMH) – confirmed

Speakers: (15 min talk + 5 min Q)
1. Elizabeth Zavitz (electrophysiology, array recording — Monash)
2. Alex Fornito (DTI, connectome, schizophrenia — Monash)
3. Farshad Mansouri (monkey electrophysiology, single unit recording, lesion — Monash)
4. Ben Fulcher (physics, computational analysis — Monash)
5. Stephan Bode (fMRI, EEG, multi-variate decoding — Monash)
6. Spencer Chen (electrophysiology, array recording, computational modelling — USyd)
7. Dean Freestone (electrophysiology, computational modelling, epilepsy — UniMelb)
8. Rory Townsend (array recording, computational modelling, LFP — USyd)
9. Joseph Lizier (optical imaging, computational modelling — CSIRO, Sydney)
10. Steven Petrou (epilepsy, optogenetics — the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health)

Main theme: The goal of this workshop is to offer an opportunity for neuroscientists with various backgrounds to interact and exchange ideas. Specifically, we encourage participation of neuroscientists who are interested in understanding the neural systems at the perceptual and behavioural level and who try to combine multiple methodologies, such as electrophysiology, imaging, advanced signal processing and computational modelling.

The Australian Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop

Registration deadline extended until March 30, 2014

ANEW 2014 will bring together the International Neuromorphic Engineering community (INE), and the Australian Association of Computational Neuroscientists and Neuromorphic Engineers (NeuroEng), to discuss some of the key questions in the field.

The event will be held on Friday, 6 June 2014, following IEEE ISCAS, at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda. Registration for ANEW 2014 is free, however each participant is required to suggest a discussion topic as part of the registration process. The four topics to discuss at the workshop will be chosen from all suggestions by the organising committee.

Researchers interested in attending the workshop should submit a registration application. The attendees will be selected among these by the organising committee based on research interest overlapping with the conference theme, and to ensure diversity and breadth of participation by individuals and institutions. The total number of attendees is limited to 60.

We hope to see you there.
André van Schaik, The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney
David Grayden, Centre for Neural Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Anthony Burkitt, Bionic Vision Australia

NeuroEng 2014, the 7th Australian Workshop on Computational Neuroscience

NeuroEng 2014, the 7th Australian Workshop on Computational Neuroscience
Date: 2-3 February, 2014
Venue: National Wine Centre of Australia, The University of Adelaide, South Australia

Bringing together computational neuroscientists and researchers at the interface between neuroscience and engineering

• Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Neuroscience  •  Neuroimaging & Connectomics  •  EEG Analysis  •  Neural Modeling & Engineering  •  Neuromorphic Engineering  •  Neuroprosthetics & Brain Machine Interfaces  •  Neural Information Processing  •  Neuroinformatics  •  Cognitive Modeling

Keynote speakers:
Professor Eric L. Schwartz, Boston University, USA
Professor Tobi Delbrück, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Professor Eric Warrant, Lund University, Sweden

The workshop is a satellite of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre (Jan 28-31).

Abstract submission deadline, 1 November 2013 22 November 2013. Register for the workshop online at
The early bird period closes 12 December 2013.

A social function (day tour in an Adelaide wine region) will be held on Saturday 1st February and will conclude with a general welcome event in the evening.  For more information about South Australia, visit The complimentary workshop dinner will be held at the National Wine Centre on Sunday 2nd February. The dinner will commence after the poster session that will follow the day’s oral presentations.

For enquiries, please contact: Dr Steven Wiederman

We thank our sponsors:
Adelaide Centre for Neuroscience Research, The University of Adelaide  •  Flinders University  •  South Australian Neuroscience Institute  •  The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education  •  University of South Australia  •  SDR Scientific