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FENS Brain Function CoE 2018 Satellite Meeting - €30

Receptive fields: analysis, models and applications

The Australian Brain Function Centre of Excellence and Ruhr-University Bochum are co-hosting a satellite meeting as part of the 11th FENS Forum on Neuroscience in Berlin, Germany on Friday 6th July 2018. Eight world-leading researchers, from Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, 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.


Registration is AUD50 (approx. €30 or USD40). This includes refreshments, lunch and snacks. 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 will also directly provides access to the “City Cube Berlin” where the FENS forum will commence the following day.



Keynote Speakers:

  • Tatyana Sharpee, SALK Institute USA

  • Michael Ibbotson, National Vision Research Institute Australia

  • Yves Fragnac, 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



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.


Hosted by Professor’s Michael Ibbotson and Ulf Eysel. An initiative of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.

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


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

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

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