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The Dimensionality Reduction and Population Dynamics in Neural Data conference were held at Nordita in Stockholm 11-14 February 2020. Most parts of the conference were recorded (see links below).
About the conference
The brain represents and processes information through the activity of many neurons whose firing patterns are correlated with each other in non-trivial ways. These correlations, in general, imply that the activity of a population of neurons involved in a task has a lower dimensional representation. Naturally, then, discovering and understanding such representations are important steps in understanding the operations of the nervous system, and theoretical and experimental neuroscientists have been making interesting progress on this subject. The aim of this conference is to gather together a number of key players in the effort for developing methods for dimensionality reduction in neural data and studying the population dynamics of networks of neurons from this angle. We aim to review the current approaches to the problem, identify the major questions that need to be addressed in the future, and discuss how we should move forward with those questions.
See recordings from the conference here:
Srdjan Ostojic (ENS) Disentangling the roles of dimensionality and cell classes in neural computations (Lecture not recorded)
Soledad Gonzalo Cogno (Kavli Institute, NTNU) Stereotyped population dynamics in the medial entorhinal cortex (Lecture not recorded)
Benjamin Dunn (Math Department, NTNU) TBA (Lecture not recorded)
Sophie Deneve (ENS) TBA (Lecture not recorded)
Devika Narain (Erasmus University Medical Center) Bayesian time perception through latent cortical dynamics
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