Principles of Biological Computation - Agenda

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Sunday May 18

19:00-20:30 Welcome Buffet Reception
At Hotel Santa Fe

Monday May 19

08:00-09:00 Continental Breakfast
Noyce Conference Room, SFI
09:00-12:15 Session I -- Garrett Kenyon (Chair)
09:00-09:15 Chris Wood, SFI Vice President: Welcome, SFI overview
09:15-09:45 Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University: Biological Computation: A View from Computer Science
09:45-10:30 Peter Balsam, Columbia: Interval Timing
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 James DiCarlo, MIT: Untangling object recognition: How does the visual system achieve “invariant” object representation?
11:30-12:15 Stephanie Forrest, UNM: TBD
12:15-13:30 Lunch
At the Santa Fe Institute
13:30-17:30 Session II -- Chris Wood (Chair)
13:30-14:15 Atsushi Iriki, RIKEN: Neurobiology of primate intellectual evolution through intentional niche construction
14:15-15:00 Eugene Izhikevich, Neuroscience Institute: Neural Darwinism
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:00 Adam Kepecs, CSHL: Computational algorithms and neural mechanisms for estimating decision confidence
16:00-16:45 Byron Goldstein, LANL: Early Events in Immunreceptor Cell Signaling: The roles of Serial Engagement and Kinetic Proofreading
16:45-17:30 General discussion on issues sparked by talks
19:00-21:00 Workshop Banquet
(Location to be announced)

Tuesday May 20

08:00-09:00 Continental Breakfast
Noyce Conference Room, SFI
09:00-12:15 Session III - Melanie Mitchell (Chair)
09:00-09:45 Harel Shouval, TMC: Translational Switch for Long Term Maintenance of Synaptic Plasticity
09:45-10:30 David Lubensky, University of Michigan: Molecular synchronization and the Kai system
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Bruno Olshausen, Berkeley: Sparse coding via thresholding and local competition in neural circuits
11:30-12:15 Liam Paninski, Columbia: Coding and computation by neural ensembles in the retina
12:15-13:30 Lunch
Noyce Conference Room, SFI
13:30-14:15 Session IV - Ilya Nemenman (Chair)
13:30-14:15 Ila Fiete, Caltech: What grid cells convey about rat location
14:15-15:00 Jose Principe, U of Florida: Brain Machine Interfaces as a Testbed For Computational Modeling
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:00 Aravi Samuel, Harvard: How simple animals navigate complex environments
16:00-16:45 James Marshall, Bristol: Optimal Decision-Making in Brains and Social Insect Colonies
16:45-17:30 General discussion on issues sparked by talks

(Participants on their own for dinner & remainder of evening)

Wednesday May 21

08:00-09:00Continental Breakfast
Noyce Conference Room, SFI
09:00-12:30 Session V - Chris Wood (Chair)
09:00-09:45 Barak Pearlmutter, National University of Ireland, Maynooth: Sleep and Criticality
09:45-10:30 Michael Wall, LANL: Signal transduction using real proteins
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Garrett Kenyon, LANL: Extreme Synergy in a Retinal Code
11:15-11:45 Ilya Nemenman, LANL: Wrap-up: Gain control in molecular signaling -- lessons from neuroscience
11:45-12:30 General discussion on issues sparked by talks
12:30-14:00 Lunch
Noyce Conference Room, SFI
14:00 Workshop adjourned
Participants depart

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