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Thursday February 23


4.00p Registration opens

5.00p Welcome reception

5.45p Opening remarks

Session 1: Opening session

Chairs: Ilana Witten, Eric Shea-Brown

6.00p Surya Ganguli, "Deep" neuroscience in high dimensions (invited)

6.45p Greg Gage, Neuroscience for the 99 %: How low tech versions of high tech laboratories enable exploratory research experiments and hands-on instruction (invited)

8.00p Poster Session 1


Friday February 24


Session 2: Sensory processing (Chair: Damon Clark)

8.30a Maria Geffen, Cortical circuits supporting context-dependent flexibility in auditory processing (invited)

9.15a Olfactory processing channels organize into functional clusters in higher brain regions. James Jeanne, Mehmet Fisek, Rachel Wilson

9.30a The significance of nominally non-responsive activity in auditory perception and behavior. Michele Insanally, Ioana Carcea, Badr Albanna, Robert Froemke

9.45a Domain-specialised CNNs of realistic depth best explain FFA and PPA representations. Katherine Storrs, Johannes Mehrer, Alexander Walther, Nikolaus Kriegeskorte

10.00a Coffee break


Session 3: Network dynamics (Chair: Maneesh Sahani)

10.30a Brent Doiron, Breaking balance: the space and time of shared cortical variability (invited)

11.15a High dimensional geometry of cortical population activity. Marius Pachitariu, Carsen Stringer, Nicholas Steinmetz, Mario Dipoppa, Sylvia Schroeder, Matteo Carandini, Kenneth Harris

11.30a From dynamics to computations: a theory of recurrent random networks with low-dimensional structure. Francesca Mastrogiuseppe, Srdjan Ostojic

11.45p Lunch break

12.30p-1.45p Growing up in science: a scientist's unofficial story. Wei Ji Ma

Have you ever wondered what your advisor was like as a graduate student? What they struggled with? What they are struggling with now? This informal discussion for students and postdocs will not be about science, but about becoming and being a scientist. How do you deal with your own and others' expectations, with bad advisors, and with impostor syndrome? How do you keep yourself motivated? Wei Ji Ma will tell his "unofficial" story of struggles, failures, and doubts, and then guide a conversation about the human factors that are universal undercurrents of working in academia but that too often remain unspoken. See also the series website at www.growingupinscience.com.


Session 4: Memory on multiple timescales (Chair: Stephen Lisberger)

2.00p Liz Phelps, Mechanisms of fear control in humans (invited)

2.45p Posterior Parietal Cortex conveys sensory history that acts as a prior during a parametric WM task. Athena Akrami, Charles Kopec, Carlos Brody

3.00p A cerebellar model for learning Bayesian statistics of time intervals. Devika Narain, Mehrdad Jazayeri

3.15p Discrete oscillatory bursts for flexible read out from working memory. Mikael Lundqvist, Pawel Herman, Melissa Warden, Scott L. Brincat, Earl K. Miller

3.30p Synaptically imprinted memories reignite bump-attractor dynamics prior to stimulus in a vsWM task. Joao Barbosa, Christos Constantinidis, Albert Compte

3.45p Coffee break


Session 5: Reinforcement learning (Chair: Angela Langdon)

4.15p Nao Uchida, Homogeneity and heterogeneity of dopamine signals (invited)

5.00p A midbrain-basal ganglia circuit is critical to externally and internally reinforced vocal learning. Erin Hisey, Matthew Kearney, Richard Mooney

5.15p Choice-selective sequential activity in cortical neurons that project to the nucleus accumbens. Nathan Parker, Malavika Murugan, Ilana Witten

5.30p Dinner break

5.30p-7.30p Socials

5.30p Simons Foundation Social

8.00p Poster Session 2



Saturday February 25



Session 6: Motivation and decision making (Chair: Alex Huk)

8.30a Kay Tye, Neural circuits underlying positive and negative valence (invited)

9.15a A pathway for hunger modulation of learned food cue responses in insular cortex. Mark Andermann, Yoav Livneh, Rohan Ramesh, Christian Burgess, Kirsten Levandowski, Joseph Madara, Henning Fenselau, Glenn Goldey, Nick Jikomes, Jon Resch, Bradford Lowell

9.30a The stabilized supralinear network replicates neural and performance correlates of attention. Grace Lindsay, Dan B. Rubin, Kenneth D. Miller

9.45a Low-dimensional state-space trajectory of choice at the population level in area MT. Yuan Zhao, Jacob Yates, Il Memming Park

10.00a Coffee break


Session 7: Statistical approaches in neuroscience (Chair: Stephanie Palmer)

10.30a Jonathan Pillow, Extracting low-dimensional structure from high-dimensional neural activity (invited)

11.15a Dimension reduction of multi-trial neural data by tensor decomposition. Alex Williams, Hyun Kim, Forea Wang, Saurabh Vyas, Krishna Shenoy, Mark Schnitzer, Tamara Kolda, Surya Ganguli

11.30a Low-rank non-stationary population dynamics can account for robustness to optogenetic stimulation. Lea Duncker, Daniel O'Shea, Werapong Goo, Krishna Shenoy, Maneesh Sahani

11.45a Lunch break

12.00p-1.45p Luncheon for equality and diversity in science


Session 8: Circuits and Behavior (Chair: Santiago Jaramillo)

2.00p Catherine Dulac, Neuronal representation of social information in the medial amygdala of awake behaving mice (invited)

2.45p Hippocampal coding arises from probabilistic self-localization across many ambiguous environments. Ingmar Kanitscheider, Ila R. Fiete

3.00p Conserved circuits for the parallel neuromodulation of brain state. Matthew Lovett-Barron, William E Allen, Aaron Andalman, Isaac Kauvar, Karl Deisseroth

3.15p Paradoxical effects of activating and inactivating cortical interneurons: a cautionary tale. Andrea Hasenstaub, Elizabeth Phillips

3.30p Distinct eye movement strategies differentially reshape visual space. Daniel Wood, Pavan Ramkumar, Joshua Glaser, Patrick Lawlor, Konrad Kording, Mark Segraves

3.45p Coffee break


Session 9: Learning and memory (Chair: Joel Zylberberg)

4.15p Daphna Shohamy, Brain mechanisms for memory guided decision-making in humans (invited)

5.00p Optimal Degrees of Synaptic Connectivity. Ashok Litwin-Kumar, Kameron Decker Harris, Richard Axel, Haim Sompolinsky, L. F. Abbott

5.15p Meta-reinforcement learning: A bridge between prefrontal and dopaminergic function. Jane Wang, Zeb Kurth-Nelson, Dhruva Tirumala, Joel Leibo, Hubert Soyer, Dharshan Kumaran, Matthew Botvinick


5.30p Dinner break

5.30p Simons Foundation Theory+Experiment Match Making

8.00p Poster Session 3



Sunday February 26



Session 10: Attention and arousal (Chair: Tatyana Sharpee)

8.30a Gero Miesenbock, Light sleep (invited)

9.15a Thalamic Contributions to Neocortico-Hippocampal Interactions during Sleep. Carmen Varela, Matthew Wilson

9.30a Humans flexibly incorporate attention-dependent uncertainty into perceptual decisions and confidence. Rachel Denison, William Adler, Marisa Carrasco, Weiji Ma

9.45a Layer-specific reorganization of neocortical dendritic inhibition during active wakefulness. Robin Tremblay, William Munoz, Daniel Levenstein, Bernardo Rudy

10.00a Coffee break


Session 11: Sensory-motor integration (Chair: Philip Sabes)

10.30a Vanessa Ruta, Circuit mechanisms for flexible sensory processing in Drosophila (invited)

11.15a How could neuroscientists understand a microprocessor? Eric Jonas, Konrad Kording

11.30a Quantitatively-tuned internal predictions in a Drosophila visuomotor network. Anmo Kim, Lisa Fenk, Cheng Lyu, Gaby Maimon


11.45p Lunch break


Session 12: Learning in networks (Chair: Julijana Gjorgjieva)

2.00p Learning nonlinear dynamics in spiking networks with local plasticity rules. Alireza Alemi, Jean-Jacques Slotine, Christian Machens, Sophie Deneve

2.15p The emergence of distributed functional networks in the early developing cortex. Bettina Hein, Gordon B Smith, David Whitney, Philipp Huelsdunk, David Fitzpatrick, Matthias Kaschube

2.30p Modular structures in recurrent neural networks trained for many cognitive tasks. Guangyu Robert Yang, H Francis Song, William Newsome, Xiao-Jing Wang

2.45p Yoshua Bengio, Bridging the gap between deep learning and neuroscience (invited)

3.30p Closing remarks


4.00-5.00p Free shuttles from the Marriott Downtown to Snowbird will be provided for registered attendees

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