Nonlinear spatio-temporal neural dynamics - Experiments and Theoretical Models

CNS 2004 workshop, July 21, 2004

Organizers: Peter Andras (U Newcastle, UK), Robert Kozma (U Memphis, TN),  Peter Erdi (Kalamazoo College, MI & KFKI, Budapest, Hungary)




Morning session: 9.00 – 12.45am

Break: 10.30 – 11.00am


I. Cortical information processing


Walter J Freeman (University of CaliforniaBerkeley, CA, USA)

New developments in intracranial EEG analysis


Petr Marsalek (Charles University - Prague, Czech Republic)

Spatio-temporal resolution of cortical sensory areas - a theory with examples


John Beggs (Indiana University, IN, USA)

Living cortical networks at the critical point may optimize information transmission and storage simultaneously


Kosuke Hamaguchi, Shigeru Kubota, Masato Okada, and Kazuyuki Aihara (University of Tokyo, Japan)

Stochastic resonance of working memory induced by common noise


Hualou Liang (University of TexasHouston, TX, USA)

The Role for Synchronized Neural Activity in Selective Attention



II/A. Hippocampus and related areas


Zsofia Huhn, Gergõ Orbán, Máthé Lengyel, Péter Érdi (KFKI, Hungary; Kalamazoo College, MI, USA)

Dendritic Spiking Accounts for Rate and Phase Coding in a Biophysical Model of a Hippocampal Place Cell


Edi Barkai (Ben Gurion University, Israel)

A cellular mechanism for learning-induced metaplasticity in the hippocampus



Afternoon session: 2.00 -5.00pm

Break: 3.30 – 4.00pm


II/B. Hippocampus and related areas


Horacio G. Rotstein, Martin J. Gillies, Corey D. Acker, John A.White, Miles A Whittington, Nancy Kopell (Boston University, MA, USA)

Coherent activity at theta frequencies ((8-12 Hz) int hte hippocampal area

CA1: synchronization properties of networks of interneurons involving H currents


Robert Kozma (University of Memphis, TN, USA)

Dynamics in the amygdala under the influence of the cortico-hippocampal system



III. Networks, Nonlinear Brain and Mind


Jim Houk (Northwestern University, IL, USA)

Agents of the Mind; with Peter Strick and Andrew Barto


Benjamin Lindner (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Network oscillations of pyramidal cells in the weakly electric fish induced by spatial correlations and feedback - experiment and theory


Peter Andras (Newcastle University, UK)

An abstract communication systems approach to the analysis and understanding of neural systems


William B. Levy (University of Virginia, VA, USA)

The Dynamics of Code Formation for the Combined Problem of Recoding and Sequence Learning



Call for abstracts (Closed)

The study of nonlinear aspects of neural dynamics increased significantly in recent years. The accessibility of new experimental tools that provide high spatial and temporal resolution recordings of neural function at cellular, circuit and macro level generated a huge amount of new data, which need the application of nonlinear analysis methods. New nonlinear computational models (e.g., pulse-coupled neural networks, spiking neuron models, large scale multi-component statistical simulation models, neuropercolation models and others) were developed in recent years that can be employed to analyze, interpret and explain the available data. The goal of this workshop is to create a forum for researchers in this exciting research area, to exchange ideas and to discuss recent developments, and also to outline perspectives for future activities.


Examples of topics of interest are listed below: 

·         Experimental aspects of spatio-temporal coding

·         Mechanisms of emergent synchrony in the nervous system

·         Break down of synchronous behavior and its role in cognitive processing

·         Phase transitions and spatio-temporal neurodynamics

·         Role of chaos for robust neural processing in noisy environment

·         Incorporation of neuromodulation into conventional neural models

·         Nonlinear models of neurodynamics based on:

-         Differential equations

-         Coupled map lattices and cellular automata

-         Neuropercolations in random graphs

-         Liquid state machines

·         Spatio-temporal information processing for:

-         Perception

-         Learning, memory, and reasoning

-         Motor control, navigation, and decision making

-         Communication

-     Neurological and psychiatric disorders


The workshop will feature invited talks and also contributed talks. Contributions are solicited from CNS'2004 participants interested in biological and/or computational aspects of nonlinear spatio-temporal neural dynamics. The contributions should be in the form of a one page abstract, summarizing the content of the talk. Selected contributions will be allocated a 10 minutes presentation time. Interested authors please contact any of the organizers (,, Deadline for abstracts: June 21, 2004. E-mail notification about acceptance for presentation will be sent out by July 2, 2004.


The organizers intend to publish a journal special issue containing the papers related to the talks given at the workshop.


Related events

            2003 Nonlinear spatio-temporal neural dynamics workshop

            2002 Complex nonlinear neural dynamics workshop

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