Past Events

Events with (*) have been held at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

March 17th, 2014

Opening Day of the Reading Group Seminar

April 7th, 2014
Emergent network dynamics revealed by high density recording systems
Thierry NIEUS Neuroscience Brain Technology (NBT), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) Genoa (Italy)

May 12th, 2014
Mathematical modelling of neural networks and methods for the study of synchronization

May 19th, 2014
Graph-theoretical approaches in neuroscience from neurons to brain regions
Antonio ZIPPO Istituto di Bioimmagini e Fisiologia Molecolare, CNR-MI ABSTRACT

May 26th, 2014
Microcirculation and metabolism in the eye retina: an open window on the brain
Francesca MALGAROLI Politecnico di Milano ABSTRACT
Hierarchical Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Bio-Electronic Interfaces
Emanuela ABBATE Politecnico di Milano ABSTRACT

June 9th, 2014
Physical reservoir computing: Bio-inspired information processing using dynamical systems
Serge MASSAR Laboratoire d'Information Quantique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Universal models for binary spike patterns using centered Dirichlet processes
Memming PARK Center for Perceptual Systems Institute for Neuroscience, Austin (USA) 

June 10th, 2014 (*) 
Physical reservoir computing: Bio-inspired information processing using dynamical systems
Serge MASSAR Laboratoire d'Information Quantique, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

June 13th, 2014 (*)
Deciphering the code for sensorimotor decision-making at the level of single neurons in parietal cortex 
Memming PARK Center for Perceptual Systems Institute for Neuroscience, Austin (USA)

June 16th, 2014
Advanced mathematical signal processing techniques for the characterization of abnormal excitability and synchronization in the brain. 
Fabio ROTONDI  IRCCS Istituto Neurologico "C.Besta" Milano, DIBRIS Università Genova ABSTRACT

June 17th, 2014 (*)
Investigating the neuronal substrate combining electrophysiological and computational approaches
Antonio ZIPPO Istituto di Bioimmagini e Fisiologia Molecolare, CNR-MI ABSTRACT

July 10th, 2014
Representation of complex whole brain imaging data: application of regression analysis and dimensionality reduction approaches to optic flow processing in zebrafish brain, 
Marco DAL MASCHIO Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology Department Genes - Circuits - Behavior,  Am Klopferspitz 18, D-82152 Martinsried, Germany ABSTRACT

July 14th, 2014
Design Methodology of Realistic modelling "The Cerebellum network in a thick dipping sauce"
Sergio SOLINAS Fondazione “Istituto Neurologico IRCCS C. Mondino” ­ Pavia ABSTRACT

Monday September 22, 2014, Room (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30
"Integrative Analysis of Electrophysiological and Behavioral Data in the After-hour Circadian Mouse Model"
Silvia MAGGI,  Neuroscience Brain Technology (NBT), Istituto Italiano Tecnologia (IIT),  Genoa 
Short intro to the talk:  This study reveals novel roles of clock genes in non-circadian functions and defines the dynamics between circadian clock and sleep in modulating daily behaviors in mice. 
Keywordsin-vivo experiments, EEG-EMG recordings, sleep, interval timing, decision making, circadian rhythms, clock genes.

Wednesday October 1, 2014, Room C (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30
"Why do cerebellar granule cells have four dendrites?"
Eugenio PIASINIUniversity College London (UCL), London
Short intro to the talk: The number of dendrites of the the most numerous neuron in the brain - the granule cell of the cerebellum - is remarkably conserved throughout evolution and across animal species. In this talk, I will illustrate how this anatomical feature is constrained by the function that the cerebellum is required to perform.
Keywords: cerebellum, sparse coding, network structure, information theory, computational modelling, granule cell

Monday October 20, 2014, Room C (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30
"Detailed computation model for a cerebellar excitatory interneuron"
Sathyaa SUBRAMANIYAM, Department of Brain and Behavioral Science, University of Pavia, Via Forlanini 6, I-27100, Pavia, Italia

Monday October 27, 2014, Room C (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30
  • TALK 1 (14:30) "Understanding circuit function through detailed mathematical modeling of neuronal population activityHarilal PARASURAM ABSTRACT 
  • TALK 2 (15:15) "Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) Signal Reconstructions on Large-Scale Spiking Network ModelsChaitanya MEDINI  ABSTRACT
Speakers affiliation:  School of Biotechnology Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.  Amritapuri Campus 
Kollam Kerala, India LINK 

Monday November 17, 2014, Room (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30
"Spike count and spike time coding of flashed images in macaque primary visual cortex"
Marcello MULASNeuroscientific System Theory, Technische Universität München, Germany LINK
Short intro to the talk: How the brain represents stimuli is still a matter of debate. It is unclear how important is the precise time of spikes in order to encode information. This study suggests that taking into account the interaction between neurons might undermine conclusions based on estimates of average information in single neurons.
Keywords: V1, neural coding, information time course, synergy, redundancy, information theory

Monday November 24, 2014, Room (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30
"Multispecies models for large neural network description" 
Anna CATTANI, Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems (CNCS), IIT, Rovereto ABSTRACT 

Monday December 1, 2014, Room (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30
"Ionic mechanism underlying cardiac pacemaking: Insights from a mathematical model "
Lara CHARAWI, Dipartimento Matematica, Università di PAVIA ABSTRACT 
KeywordsCardiac modelling, cardiac pacemaking, sinoatrial node, funny current, autonomic rate modulation.

  • Monday January 19, 2015Aula C, 2°floor at 14:30  "Neuromorphic tactile computation"        Alberto MAZZONI, The Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore S.Anna LINK FLIER-ABSTRACT
  • Monday January 26, 2015Aula Dottorato, 1°floor at 14:30 "A Bayesian model of pain perception and its modulationDavide ANCHISI, Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche e Biologiche, Università Udine Abstract-Flyer PAPER
  • Monday February 9, 2015Aula C2°floor at 14:30 "Aqueous humour flow in the presence of intraocular lensesRodolfo REPETTO, Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Genoa, LINK Abstract-Flyer
  • Monday February 16, 2015Aula di Rappresentanza, ground floor from 14:30 on
TALK 1 Alessandro Torcini "Clique of functional hubs orchestrates population bursts in developmentally regulated neural networks", Computational Neuroscience Lab. Florence. Abstract-Flyer  Presentation

TALK 2 Paolo Del Giudice, "Network events on multiple space and time scales in cultured neural networks and a stochastic rate model", Istituto Superiore Sanità (ISS), Rome. Abstract-Flyer
  • Monday March 16, 2015, Aula C, 2°floor at 14:30  "Psychophysical models of haptic processes " Gabriel Baud-Bovy, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Genoa Abstract-Flyer Slides
  • Monday March 30, 2015, Aula C, 2°floor (*) at 14:30 "Testing spiking neural network cerebellar model in closed-loop: three neurorobotic paradigms" Alberto Antonietti, Neuroengineering and medical robotics lab., Politecnico di Milano Abstract-Flyer
  • Monday April 20, 2015, Aula C, 2°floor at 14:30 "Analyzing spike train synchrony" Mario Mulansky, Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi di Firenze LINK Abstract-Flyer SLIDES
  • Monday May 25, 2015, Aula C, 2°floor (*) at 14:30 "Information coding in vestibular hair cells" Paola Perin, Dipartimento di Scienze del sistema nervoso e del comportamento Abstract-Flyer

  • Monday June 22, 2015, Giorgio Ascoli, Computing with a Periodic Table of Hippocampal Neurons, FLYER-Abstract NOTE: The seminar will be at 11:30 AM !!!
  • Monday July 13, 2015, Pietro Balbi, Not just theory: the role of computational neuroscience in clinical neurophysiology FLYER-abstract  SLIDES
  • Monday September 21, 2015, Room (Aula C), 2°floor at 14:30 Marcello Massimini, 
    Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences ‘Luigi Sacco’, University of Milan, 20157 
    Milan, Italy.


First Readings Group Seminar Workshop 

Monday, May 23, 2016, 10:00 AM

Dip. Matematica, via Saldini
Room Aula C (2°floor) 

10:00 - 10:40     Egidio D'Angelo, Department of Physiology, University of Pavia, IT
Realistic modeling of neurons and networks: new perspectives to understand brain circuit functions.

10:50 - 11:20     
Silvia MaggiFaculty of Life Science, University of Manchester, UK
Outcome selective recall of neural ensembles in prefrontal cortex of rule-learning rats. Abstract 

coffee break 

11:50 - 12:20     Javier Caballero , Faculty of Life Science, University of Manchester, UK         Monkeys seen as statistical inference machines. Abstract  

12:30 - 13:00     
Abhinav Singh, Faculty of Life Science, University of Manchester, UK
Signatures of internal model updating during learning in rat prefrontal cortex. 

    lunch break

    14:45 - 15:15    Davide Lonardoni,  Istituto Italiano Tecnologia, Genoa, IT 
    Determinants of spontaneous synchronized network activity in primary neuronal cultures: a computational approach. Abstract 

    15:25 - 15:55    Sara Sommariva, Department of Mathematics, University of Genoa, IT
    Impact of the data length on different MEG/EEG connectivity measures: a comparative study. Abstract 

    16:10 - 16:40     Paola Causin, Department of Mathematics, University of Milan, IT 
    Mathematical models of microcirculation: application to cerebral and cerebral-like districts. Abstract 

    16:50 - 17:20     Riccardo Sacco, Politecnico of Milan, IT
    A Theoretical Model of Neurovascular Coupling in Retinal Blood Flow Regulation.