[visionlist] First announcement: Summer School Visual Neuroscience September 2-14, 2018

Wolfgang Einhaeuser-Treyer wolfgang.einhaeuser.treyer at gmail.com
Mon Feb 12 16:01:24 -05 2018

 S U M M E R   S C H O O L
Visual Neuroscience: from spikes to awareness
Rauischholzhausen Castle (near Frankfurt, Germany)
September 2-14, 2018
Application opens: January 12, 2018
Application deadline: April 3, 2018
Organizers: Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer, Roland Fleming, Alexander Schütz

Visual neuroscience studies the neural underpinnings of visual function and
visual sensation. Its results contribute to our understanding of cognitive
brain processes in general and also help to boost the capabilities of
technological vision systems.

Visual neuroscience involves a wide variety of methods and approaches -
computational theory, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, functional imaging,
psychophysics, neuropsychology, and others - and illustrates perhaps more
clearly than any other area of brain research, the overriding need to
combine and coordinate these diverse efforts.

The European Summer School exposes young vision researchers - at the late
pre-doctoral or early post-doctoral level - to the principal methods and
seminal issues of contemporary visual neuroscience. In addition, it seeks
to build a basic fluency in the emerging lingua franca of computational
neuroscience. The range of topics is broad, literally from spikes to
awareness, and the pace correspondingly brisk. This intensive experience
should allow participants to take a broader view of, and make more informed
decisions about, their future research direction.

The European Summer School is taught by leading researchers in
neurobiology, neuropsychology, psychophysics, and theoretical neuroscience.
Two thematically related topics are covered each day, with approximately 3
hours allotted to each (including discussion time). An after-dinner
discussion provides an opportunity to contrast and compare the day’s
lectures. In addition, students pursue computational and theoretical
projects (based on Matlab) during the afternoon, to experiment with key
concepts and techniques of computational neuroscience.

Confirmed speakers in 2018 are: Wyeth Bair (Seattle), James Bisley (Los
Angeles), Jan Brascamp (Michigan), Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer (Chemnitz),
Roland Fleming (Giessen), Karl Gegenfurtner (Giessen), Mickey Goldberg (New
York) , Moritz Helmstaedter (Frankfurt), Bob Kentridge (Durham), Zoe
Kourtzi (Cambridge), Larry Maloney (New York), Tony Movshon (New York),
Anitha Pasupathy (Seattle), Pieter Rolfsema (Amsterdam), Yuka Sasaki
(Providence), Alexander Schütz (Marburg), Stefan Treue (Göttingen), Takeo
Watanabe (Providence), Andrew Welchman (Cambridge)

The European Summer School meets at idyllic and inspiring Schloss
Rauischholzhausen in Hessia, Germany. The main selection criterion for
participants is the degree of benefit that each applicant can be expected
to derive from the course. In addition, the organizers attempt to balance
fields, nationalities, and genders among participants.

The tuition, which covers the room plus all meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
during the school, is generously sponsored by the universities of Giessen
and Marburg. A small number of travel grants will be available.

Details for the application process can be found at the website
http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/rauisch/application.html. Applications
will open on January 12, 2018, and forms will be available for download at
this website.

We look forward to welcoming you to the summer school.

Wolfgang Einhäuser-Treyer, Roland Fleming, Alexander Schütz

PS: A poster for advertising this school at your department can be
downloaded at http://www.allpsych.uni-giessen.de/rauisch/rauisch18s.pdf
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