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FENS Brain Function CoE 2018 Satellite Meeting - Early bird fee €30

Receptive fields: analysis, models and applications

The Australian Reasearch Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function is hosting a satellite meeting as part of the 11th FENS Forum on Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany on Friday 6 July 2018.

Eight world-leading researchers, from Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA, will discuss modern perspectives about formation and analysis of visual receptive fields, bringing together insights and discoveries from around the globe.

Topics discussed will include state-of-the-art experimental and computational approaches to receptive field analysis, visual pathways and adaptation to the statistics of the visual environment.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Tatyana Sharpee, The Salk Institute, USA

  • Michael Ibbotson, National Vision Research Institute, Australia

  • Yves Fregnac, CNRS, France

  • Jose-Manuel Alonso, State University of New York, USA

  • TR Vidyasagar, University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Dirk Jancke, Ruhr University, Germany

  • Elizabeth Zavitz, Monash University, Australia

  • Simon Schultz, Imperial College, UK

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Summary

The receptive field is a fundamental concept in our understanding of how visual stimuli are processed in the brain. For example, in visual cortex it describes the region of visual space to which a neuron responds, but also, through the RF structure, the selectivity for certain visual features. Modern analysis techniques have allowed us to reduce the reliance on human intuition about which stimulus features are relevant to activate given RFs, thus allowing objective assessment of RF characteristics. These techniques have had a particularly significant impact on understanding nonlinear processing in the cortex.

Aligned with these advances, we have seen major progress in understanding the neural circuits involved in creating the observed RF characteristics. Experimental approaches have been greatly supported by the development of computational frameworks based on the idea that the visual system is predictive, efficient and adaptive.

This satellite meeting will highlight recent advances in several linked fields, including new computational approaches to capture the non-linear feature selectivity of neurons in higher centres of the visual hierarchy, analysis of the actual neural pathways in the brain that lead to observed RFs and the relationship of RF structure to theories of efficient and predictive coding.

The meeting will be hosted by Michael Ibbotson and Ulf Eysel.

Registration

An early bird fee of €30 (AUD$50) is available until 7 May 2018. After this date, the standard fee is €50 (AUD$80). Registrations close 22 June 2018. The registration fee includes refreshments, lunch and snacks.

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The venue is in a prime location on the world famous Friedrichstrasse, close to Berlin’s most famous sights including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Friedrichstagt Palace. The hotel is conveniently located with direct access to the S-Bahn Friedrichstrasse, which also directly provides access to the 'City Cube Berlin' where the FENS forum will commence the following day.

Enquiries

For event enquiries, please email Tenille Ryan: tryan@aco.org.au

For more information on the main Forum, visit 11th FENS Forum on Neuroscience.

Supporting organisations

An initiative of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function, National Vision Research Institute of Australia and the German Research Foundation Collaborative Research Centre Integration and Representation of Sensory Processes at Ruhr University Bochum.

Supported by the SFB874 (www.rub.de/sfb874) of the German Research Foundation.

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