2017 Nengo Summer School - Apply by Feb. 15

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo is inviting applications for our 4th annual summer school on large-scale brain modeling with Nengo. This two-week school will teach participants how to use Nengo to build state-of-the-art cognitive and neural models to run in simulation and on neuromorphic hardware. For a look at last year’s summer school, check out this short video: https://goo.gl/EkhWCJ

We welcome applications from all interested graduate students, research associates, postdocs, professors, and industry professionals. No specific prior training is required, but we encourage applications from active researchers with a relevant background in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, robotics, neuromorphic engineering, computer science, or a related field.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

Format: A combination of tutorials and project-based work. Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas for projects, which may focus on testing hypotheses, modeling neural or cognitive data, implementing specific behavioural functions with neurons, expanding past models, or providing a proof-of-concept of various neural mechanisms. Hands-on tutorials, work on individual or group projects, and talks from invited faculty members will make up the bulk of day-to-day activities. A project demonstration event will be held on the last day of the school, with prizes for strong projects!

Topics Covered: Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • build perceptual, motor, and sophisticated cognitive models using spiking neurons
    model anatomical, electrophysiological, cognitive, and behavioural data
  • use a variety of single cell models within a large-scale model
  • integrate machine learning methods into biologically oriented models
  • interface Nengo with various kinds of neuromorphic hardware (e.g. SpiNNaker)
  • interface Nengo with cameras and robotic systems
  • implement modern nonlinear control methods in neural models
  • and much more…

Date and Location: June 4th to June 16th, 2017 at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Applications: Please visit http://www.nengo.ca/summerschool, where you can find more information regarding costs, travel, lodging, along with an application form listing required materials.

If you have any questions about the school or the application process, please contact Peter Blouw (pblouw@uwaterloo.ca).

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