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Dresden, Germany


Problems in Systems Neuroscience

Seminar: August 28 - September 23, 2000
Workshop: September 4 - 8, 2000

Scientific Coordinators:

Prof. Dr. J. Leo van Hemmen       Prof. Dr. Terrence J. Sejnowski       
Physik Department, TU München       The Salk Institute, La Jolla      
Germany       USA      

Science is not about answers. Science is about questions and how to solve them. Systems neuroscience asks questions about the collective behavior of large systems of neurons and, in so doing, illuminates the dynamics of neuronal information processing. The format for the workshop Problems in Systems Neuroscience was inspired by Hilbert. In his talk `Mathematical Problems' in Paris exactly a century ago, he proposed 23 problems that provided mathematics with a set of goals.

During the workshop (September 4 - 8) each of the 23 invited speakers will propose a problem and argue why it is of cardinal importance to the future of systems neuroscience. There will be a series of lectures on the auditory system in the week preceding the workshop (August 28 - September 1) and on the visual system in the week following the workshop (September 11 - 15); the workshop itself aims at merging insights from both sensory systems and, above all, providing vistas for future developments. The fourth week (September 18 - 23) will be devoted to attention in the auditory and visual systems.

The 23 invited speakers at the workshop are:

Dorothee P. Auer (Munich)
Jean Bullier (Toulouse)
Catherine Carr (College Park)
Robert Desimone (Bethesda)
Günter Ehret (Ulm)
Wulfram Gerstner (Lausanne)
Amiram Grinvald (Rehovot)
J. Leo van Hemmen (Garching)
Andreas V. M. Herz (Berlin)
Richard Kempter (San Francisco)
Georg Klump (Weihenstephan)
Michael M. Merzenich (San Francisco)
David McAlpine (London)
Klaus Pawelzik (Bremen)
Rudolf Rübsamen (Leipzig)
Terrence J. Sejnowski (La Jolla)
Henning Scheich (Magdeburg)
S. Murray Sherman (Stony Brook)
Michael Stryker (San Francisco)
Carl van Vreeswijk (London)
Hermann Wagner (Aachen)
Laurenz Wiskott (Berlin)
Steven Zucker (New Haven)

Participation is mainly by invitation. Nevertheless, additional applications will also be considered. Application forms are available upon request or on the conference web page. The registration fee for the workshop is DM 150. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. Limited funding to partially cover travel expenses is available upon request.

Deadline for applications is July 1, 2000

For further information please contact:
Visitors Program
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Nöthnitzer Str. 38, D-01187 Dresden
Tel: ++49-(0)351-871-2105 Fax: ++49-(0)351-871-2199
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