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.

Research Fellow Position in Mathematical Modelling and Feedback Control of Neural Systems

Research Fellow Position in Mathematical Modelling and Feedback Control of Neural Systems Research Fellow Grade 2 (Level B)
NeuroEngineering Laboratory, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
The University of Melbourne Australia

We seek a highly motivated person with expertise in neuroengineering, neural modelling, and control theory. The primary aim of this project is to devise and validate mathematical models of neural circuits and to developed closed-loop control algorithms for those circuits. In particular, the project will use experimental observations to derive and test transfer functions of afferent and efferent nerve activity for closed- loop control of inflammatory bowel disease.  The mathematical modelling objective will run alongside physiological experiments to derive the transfer functions that constitute the most important aspects of the system.  Continue reading

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.
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Brain Connectivity Workshop 2015


The 14th international Brain Connectivity Workshop will take place in La Jolla CA at the UCSD Supercomputer Center, hosted by the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience over three days, June 10-12, 2015. For the first time in this meeting series, experts in the science of brain connectivity using a variety of electrophysiological imaging methods will present their current results and current thinking. The format, as always, will be one day of methodological lectures followed by two days of 20-min talks, each followed by 40 min of in-depth open discussion among the speakers and 100 attendees.

Speakers include: Klaas Stephan (Zurich), Ingo Bojak (UK), Carsten Wolters (Muenster), Rasmus Birn (Wisconsin), Andrew Zaelesky (Melbourne), Alain Destexhe (France), Eugene Izhikevich (Brain Corp), Stefan Kiebel (Max Planck Leipzig), Matias Palva (Helsinki), Charles Schroeder (Columbia), Ryan Canolty (Houston), Francesco de Pasquale (Chieti), Sylvain Baillet (McGill), Pedro Valdes-Sosa (Cuba/China), Stefan Haufe (NYU), Jean-Philippe Lachaux (France), Scott Makeig (UCSD), Hirokazu Tanaka (JAIST), Steven Bressler (Florida), Muthuraman Muthuraman (Kiel), Kathleen Poston (Stanford). Co-organizers are Michael Breakspear (Brisbane) and Jorge Riera (Florida).

Places in the Workshop are still available. For more information and to register,

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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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REFERENCE NO. 1888/0914
Applications are sought for up to five Postdoctoral Research Associates (Level A) in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF).
This is an opportunity to work in the Brain Dynamics Group of Professor
Peter Robinson on projects in the area of his Laureate Fellowship on the Physical Brain and/or research in the area of the CIBF. His group also participates in the Cooperative Research Center for Alertness, Safety, and Productivity, and the NHMRC-funded Center for Research Excellence, Neurosleep, and has wide collaborations across the University, Australia, and internationally.

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Australasian Society for Cognitive Science 2014

As many of you will know, the 10th conference of the Australasian Society for cognitive science will be held on December 8-10, 2014. The venue is Monash University’s Caulfield campus in Melbourne. We have the first deadline for submission of abstracts for talks, posters and symposia coming up September 15th.

We are asking for your help in spreading the word to colleagues and students.

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