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Cosyne 2018 Main Meeting Program

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Thursday March 01, 2018


12.00n Cosyne 2018 Tutorial session sponsored by the Simons Foundation

4.00p Registration opens

5.00p Welcome reception

5.45p Opening remarks

Session 1

Chairs: Linda Wilbrecht, Brent Doiron

6.00p Tiago Branco, Computation of instinctive escape decisions (invited)

6.45p Ian Couzin, Gatsby Lecture: Collective sensing and decision-making in animal groups: From fish schools to primate societies (invited)

8.00p Poster Session 1


Friday March 02, 2018


Session 2

8.30a Claudia Clopath, Learning in neural circuits (invited)

9.15a Unsupervised discovery of neural sequences in large-scale recordings. Emily Mackevicius, Andrew Bahle, Alex Williams, Shijie Gu, Natalia Denissenko, Mark Goldman, Michale Fee

9.30a Supervised learning of unsupervised local learning rules. Brian Cheung, Luke Metz, Jascha Sohl-Dickstein

9.45a Mid-lateral cerebellar Purkinje neurons participate in visuomotor associative learning. Naveen Sendhilnathan, Michael Goldberg

10.00a Coffee break


Session 3

10.30a Tim Behrens, Building models of the world for behavioural control (invited)

11.15a Circuit mechanisms for negative valence extends temporal window of memory-linking retrospectively. Denise Cai, Daniel Aharoni, Zhe Dong, Tristan Shuman, Alcino Silva

11.30a Social behavior shapes hypothalamic neural ensemble representations of conspecific sex. Ryan Remedios, Ann Kennedy, Moriel Zelikowsky, Benjamin Grewe, Mark Schnitzer, David Anderson

11.45a Lunch break


Session 4

2.00p Josh Berke, What does dopamine mean? (invited)

2.45p Sustained activity in midbrain dopamine neurons encodes information predicting distant reward. Akash Guru, Andrew Recknagel, Julia Schaffer, Durga Kullakanda, Changwoo Seo, Melissa Warden

3.00p Signatures of a wandering mind: multiple cell types across the basal ganglia reflect task engagement. Sofia Soares, Bassam V. Atallah, Asma Motiwala, Bruno F. Cruz, Tiago Monteiro, Thiago Gouvea, Joseph J. Paton

3.15p Dopamine neurons projecting to the tail of the striatum reinforce avoidance of threatening stimuli. William Menegas, Korleki Akiti, Naoshige Uchida, Mitsuko Watabe-Uchida

3.30p How does activity in D1R and D2R-expressing neurons in the dorsomedial striatum influence choice in a non-lateralized task?. Kristen Delevich, Benjamin Hoshal, Yuting Zhang, Satya Vedula, Anne Collins, Linda Wilbrecht

3.45p Coffee break


Session 5

4.15p Marlene Cohen, Understanding the relationship between neural variability and behavior (invited)

5.00p Linking feature-selective attention and decision-related activity in the macaque visual cortex. Katrina Quinn, Stephane Clery, Paria Pourriahi, Hendrikje Nienborg

5.15p Shared stochastic modulation can facilitate biologically plausible decoding. Caroline Haimerl, Eero Simoncelli

8.00p Poster Session 2



Saturday March 03 2018



Session 6

8.30a Byron Yu, Brain-computer interfaces for basic science (invited)

9.15a Learning can generate new patterns of neural population activity. Emily Oby, Matthew Golub, Jay Hennig, Alan Degenhart, Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, Byron Yu, Steve Chase, Aaron Batista

9.30a Control of sensorimotor dynamics through adjustment of inputs and initial condition. Evan Remington, Devika Narain, Eghbal Hosseini, Mehrdad Jazayeri

9.45a Motor primitives in space and time via targeted gain modulation in cortical networks. Jake Stroud, Mason Porter, Guillaume Hennequin, Tim Vogels

10.00a Coffee break


Session 7

10.30a Jessica Cardin, Functional flexibility: State dependence in cortical circuits (invited)

11.15a Mechanisms underlying sharpening of visual response dynamics with familiarity. Sukbin Lim, Nicolas Brunel

11.30a Predictive coding of novel versus familiar stimuli in the primary visual cortex. Jan Homann, David Tank, Sue Ann Koay, Alistair M. Glidden, Michael J. Berry II

11.45a Lunch break


12.00n Lunch - Workshop for equality and diversity in science


Session 8

2.00p Mate Lengyel, Sampling: coding, dynamics, and computation in the cortex (invited)

2.45p On the complexity of predictive strategies in noisy and changing environments. Gaia Tavoni, Vijay Balasubramanian, Joshua Gold

3.00p A relational odor map in piriform cortex. Stan Pashkovski, Guliano Iurilli, Sandeep Datta

3.15p Neuronal computations underlying orientation change detection in the mouse visual cortex. Miaomiao Jin, Jeff Beck, Lindsey Glickfeld

3.30p Causal discrimination of movement generation models using patterned microstimulation. Uday Jagadisan, Neeraj Gandhi

3.45p Coffee break


Session 9

4.15p Carina Curto, Emergent dynamics from network connectivity: a minimal model (invited)

5.00p Assessing the scalability of biologically-motivated deep learning algorithms and architectures. Sergey Bartunov, Blake Richardss, Adam Santoro, Geoffrey Hinton, Timothy Lillicrap

5.15p Propagation of spike timing and firing rate in feedforward networks reconstituted in vitro. Jeremie Barral, Xiao-Jing Wang, Alex Reyes

5.30p Dinner break


8.00p Poster Session 3



Sunday March 04, 2018



Session 10

8.30a Ann M. Graybiel, The Striatum and Decision-Making Based on Value (invited)

9.15a Orbitofrontal and parietal contributions to economic decisions in rats. Christine Constantinople, Charles Kopec, Carlos Brody

9.30a Widespread cortical involvement in evidence-based navigation. Lucas Pinto, David Tank, Carlos Brody, Stephan Thiberge

9.45a Principles governing the integration of landmark and self-motion cues in entorhinal cortical codes for navigation. Malcolm Campbell, Samuel Ocko, Caitlin Mallory, Surya Ganguli, Lisa Giocomo

10.00a Coffee break


Session 11

10.30a Vivek Jayaraman, Navigational attractor dynamics in the Drosophila brain: Going from models to mechanism (invited)

11.15a A flexible model of working memory. Flora Bouchacourt, Tim Buschman

11.30a Motor preparation through rebound in an identified sensory integrator. Maarten Zwart, En Yang, Ziqian Wei, Nikita Vladimirov, Sujatha Narayan, Minoru Koyama, Ahmed Abdelfattah, Jonathan Grimm, Luke Lavis, Eric Schreiter, Takashi Kawashima, Shin-ichi Higashijima, Shaul Druckmann, Misha Ahrens


11.45a Lunch break


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

2.00p A cross-species analysis of accumulation of evidence under non-sensory uncertainty and its modulation by the prefrontal cortex. Pietro Vertechi, Eran Lottem, Dario Sarra, Beatriz Godinho, Isaac Treves, Tiago Quendera, Matthijs Oude Lohuis, Zachary Mainen

2.15p Individual animals use distinct strategies in a changing spatial memory task. David Kastner, Anna Gillespie, Peter Dayan, Loren Frank

2.30p Joni Wallis, Dynamics of prefrontal computations during decision-making (invited)

3.15p Closing remarks


4.00-5.00p Free shuttles from the Hilton Denver City Center to Breckenridge will be provided for registered attendees

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