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Summer course: Computational Neuroscience: Vision, Cold Spring Harbor, 13-26 June 2002, limited amount of partial financial assistance

Computational modeling and simulation have produced important advances in our understanding of neural processing. This intensive 2-week summer course, held at the Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory , focuses on areas of visual science in which interactions among psychophysics, neurophysiology, and computation have been especially fruitful. The course combines lectures (generally two 3-hour sessions each day) with hands-on problem solving using the MatLab programming environment in a computer laboratory.

Topics to be covered this year include: neural representation and coding; photon detection and the neural basis of color vision, pattern vision, and visual motion perception; oculomotor function; object/shape representation; visual attention and decision-making. A preliminary lecture schedule is currently available. Participants are also encouraged to present a course project, implementing a computational model of some aspect of vision.

We will accept 24 students (a mixture of PhD students and postdocs). Students should have experience in neurobiological and/or computational approaches to visual processing. Some computer programming experience is required. A limited amount of partial financial assistance is available on a needs basis.

An application for admission is available online. The application deadline is 15 March 2002.

Course Organizers:
E.J. Chichilnisky, Salk Institute
Paul Glimcher, New York University
Eero Simoncelli, New York University