School in UNN 2011

School of the Program “Biotechnology in neurosciences BioN"  

"Towards neuromorphic intelligence: experiments, models and technologies"

October 3-7, 2011, Nizhny Novgorod

The school is focused on one of the most exciting fields of modern neuroscience research: developing models, methods and technologies to create neuromorphic systems. These are the systems that mimic the morphology and functional activity of brain networks from the level of molecular cell signaling to the formation of higher cognitive functions such as memory, consciousness and intelligence. However, the exact mechanisms of intracellular signaling and interactions between individual cells in the neuronal networks of the brain necessary for adaptive behavior at the level of whole organism is still poorly understood. Understanding these processes will not only enable us to develop new methods of diagnostics and treatment of brain pathology, but also will allow to create a fundamentally new type of devices based on the information dynamics of the brain – neuromorphic intelligence. Creation of neuromorphic systems would require the use of convergent technologies and interdisciplinary scientific approach based on the advances of various fields of science spanning from molecular neurobiology to novel engineering solutions in robotics.
The objective of our school is to give graduate and postgraduate students, as well as young researchers interested in neuroscience, an overview of the main trends in this field, and to discuss various approaches to solve the problems facing the development of neuromorphic systems.

The school is divided into three main sections:


Section 1. Modern concepts of the mechanisms of information representation, transfer and processing in the brain.
Section 2. Neuromorphic mathematical models: from molecular changes to the network and system organization.
Section 3. Neurohybrid and supercomputing technology: neuroelectronic interfaces and neuroanimates, brain-computer interfaces.

Each section has:

  • Lectures by the leading scientists
  • Seminars organized by the school staff
  • Poster and oral presentations by the students

Organizers: Dr. Viktor Kazantsev and Miss Susanna Asatryan

Nizhny Novgorod State University.

With participation of experts from the following organizations: 

  • Lobachevsky' State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Institute of Applied Physics RAS, Russia
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Lomonosov’ Moscow State University, Russia
  • Ioffe' Physico-Technical Institute RAS, Russia
  • Italian Institute of Technologies, Italy
  • Ecole Normale Superieure, France
  • RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan
  • UCL Institute of Neurology, UK
  • University of Plymouth, UK

Applications from PhD and MSc students, and students in their final year are accepted startin from May 7, 2010 to July 15, 2011.

Admission decisions will be announced on August 1, 2011. 

The program of the school and requirements for applicants are on the official school website