a perspective from neuroscience
14-15 Jan 2015 Paris (France)

A BrainScaleS workshop organized by Bruno Cessac and Olivier Faugeras, and co-organized by the Theoretical Neuroscience division of the Human Brain Project

The aim of this two-days workshop is to analyze the successes and the failures of mean-field theories in accounting for measurements in neuroscience.


It is meant to bring together researchers in neuroscience, theoreticians and experimentalists, in order to bridge the experiment/theory gap :

- we hope that theoreticians will be attracted by the idea of extracting from their models predictions that experimentalists could test and, conversely

- we hope that experimentalists, by testing these predictions, will guide the theoreticians in the direction of developing better models.


The workshop is organized so that it leaves large time slots for discussions. It will be organized in five different threads, each dealing with a specific topic. Within each thread two speakers, an experimentalist and a theoretician, will briefly present their work and views of the topic before emulating a debate between the workshop participants.


List of speakers

Jan Antolik, UNIC-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette.

• Bruno Cessac, Neuromathcomp INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis.

• Frédéric Chavane, Institut des Neurosciences de la Timone, Marseille.

• Bruno Delord, ISIR, UMR7222 UPMC-CNRS, Paris.

• Bernard Derrida, Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, ENS, Paris.

• Alain Destexhe, UNIC-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette.

• Olivier Faugeras, Neuromathcomp INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis.

• Yves Frégnac, UNIC-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette.

• Viktor Jirsa, TNG Team, Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes, Marseille.

• Cyril Monier, UNIC-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette.

• Alessandro Sarti, Centre d’analyse et de mathématique sociales Ecole des hautes  études en sciences sociales, Paris.

• Fabrice Wendling, team SESAME : ”Epileptogenic Systems: Signals and Models” Inserm 1099 - Signal and Image Processing Laboratory, University of Rennes.


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