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Talk at the CNS Meeting in Paris, France

Talk "Spike Synchrony and Spike-LFP Locking in Monkey Primary Visual Cortex during Free Viewing of Natural Scenes" by Sonja Grün in workshop "Methods of systems identification for studying information processing in sensory systems" at CNS Meeting Paris, France, 2013

17 Jul 2013 09:00
17 Jul 2013 17:30

Workshop abstract:

A functional characterization of an unknown system typically begins by making observations about the response of that system to input signals. The knowledge obtained from such observations can then be used to derive a quantitative model of the system in a process called system identification. The goal of system identification is to use a given input/output data set to derive a function that maps an arbitrary system input into an appropriate output. In neurobiology, system identification has been applied to a variety of sensory systems, ranging from insects to vertebrates. Depending on the level of abstraction, the identified neural models vary from detailed mechanistic models to purely phenomenological models. The workshop will provide a state of the art forum for discussing methods of system identification applied to the visual, auditory, olfactory and somatosensory systems in insects and vertebrates. The lack of a deeper understanding of how sensory systems encode stimulus information has hindered the progress in understanding sensory signal processing in higher brain centers. Evaluations of various systems identification methods and a comparative analysis across insects and vertebrates may reveal
common neural encoding principles and future research directions. The workshop is targeted towards systems, computational and theoretical neuroscientists with interest in the representation and processing of stimuli in sensory systems in insects and vertebrates.