WS and SS 2016/2017 Teaching



Master Module: Computational neural dynamics
Offered for students of the Master of Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience,  Frankfurt
 
Duration: 4 weeks between November 2016 and June 2017, times to be discussed.

Topics:

The aim will be to understand how connectivity and the spiking dynamics of individual neurons interact to give rise to complex collective phenomena such as information transmission, oscillations, or wave emergence in a neural network. We will use spiking neurons in computer simulations and pen-and-paper calculations to predict the dynamics emerging in a given network. Specifically, the students will write own code and will mostly work on new, open scientific problems that are not part of the textbook knowledge. The module Computational neural dynamics will therefore teach students to formulate own models, learn to solve or simulate these models, and teach them how to evaluate the findings and compare them to known biological observations. Among the effects, which we will include in the spiking network models, will be synaptic plasticity, firing rate adaptation, or different connectivity profiles.

Course assessment: One Seminar presentation of own project work, 1 journal club presentation, one work report

Teaching form: Practical, self-study

Biophysik III Ringvorlesung

Lectures on 06.02.2017 entitled "Neuronale Codierung: wie arbeiten die Nervenzellen?"


WS 2015/2016 Teaching


Seminar: Coding strategies in neural networks
Organizers: Fabio Schittler-Neves, Jannik Luboeinski and Tatjana Tchumatchenko
 

Thursdays,13:30-15:00h in the Katz seminar room (Max-von-Laue Str 4, MPIBR)
Start date: October 22nd

In this seminar we will discuss topics of current research in computational neuroscience on neuronal networks. Prior knowledge in neuroscience and/or computational neuroscience is a plus, but not required.

Target audience:
undergraduate and graduate students in Frankfurt and Rhein-Main area.

Schedule
Nov 5         Introduction to firing rate coding [S Konrad]
Nov 12       Introduction to spike time dependent coding [F Effenberger]
Nov 19       Learning precisely timed spikes (article) [E Klinger]
Nov 26       Introduction to population coding [N Kraynyukova]
Dec 3         Introduction to information theory [A Motta]
Dec 10       Introduction to information theory in networks [J Kasper]
Dec 17       Impact of synaptic unreliability on the information transmitted by spiking neurons (article) [F Sartori]
Jan 14        The tempotron: a neuron that learns spike timing–based decisions (article) [M Leonhardt]

Biophysik III Ringvorlesung

Lectures on 19.11.2015 entitled "Neuronale Codierung: wie arbeiten die Nervenzellen?"


Master Module: Computational neural dynamics
Offered for students of the Master of Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience,  Frankfurt
 
Duration: 4 weeks between November 2015 and June 2016, times to be discussed.

Topics:

The aim will be to understand how connectivity and the spiking dynamics of individual neurons interact to give rise to complex collective phenomena such as information transmission, oscillations, or wave emergence in a neural network. We will use spiking neurons in computer simulations and pen-and-paper calculations to predict the dynamics emerging in a given network. Specifically, the students will write own code and will mostly work on new, open scientific problems that are not part of the textbook knowledge. The module Computational neural dynamics will therefore teach students to formulate own models, learn to solve or simulate these models, and teach them how to evaluate the findings and compare them to known biological observations. Among the effects, which we will include in the spiking network models, will be synaptic plasticity, firing rate adaptation, or different connectivity profiles.

Course assessment: One Seminar presentation of own project work, 1 journal club presentation, one work report

Teaching form: Practical, self-study

Summer 2015 Teaching


Sommerakademie der Studienstiftung in Rot an der Rot

Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Tim Herfurth and Marc Leonhardt  are organising the course
AG1 Konzepte der theoretischen Neurowissenschaft: Physik trifft Gehirn [Link]

Seminars and Teaching 2015-2013


Biophysik III Ringvorlesung

Lectures on 27.11.2014 entitled "Neuronale Codierung: wie arbeiten die Nervenzellen?"


SS 2015
Seminar Collective phenomena in neural networks
Organizers: Christoph von der Malsburg and Tatjana Tchumatchenko

Thursdays, 13:30-15:00h in the Katz seminar room (Max-von-Laue Str 4, MPIBR)
In this seminar we will discuss topics of current research in computational neuroscience on neuronal networks. Prior knowledge in neuroscience and/or computational neuroscience is a plus, but not required.

Target audience:
undergraduate and graduate students in Frankfurt and Rhein-Main area.

30.04.2015 Ideas of Gestalt Psychology (D Nikolic)
21.05.2015 Mean field models for neural networks (N Kraynyukova)
28.05.2015 Balanced networks, concepts and methods (S Konrad)
11.06.2015 Ising models, the physics perspective and introduction to the topic (M Shein)
18.06.2015 Hopfield model of associative memory (J Luboeinski)
25.06.2015 Ising models applied to neural data, pros and cons (I Klinger)
02.07.2015 Models for retinotopy emergence (S Reiter)
09.07.2015 SORN model (T Kipf)
16.07.2015 Autoencoders (H Kamyshanska)
23.07.2015 Deep Neural Networks: Learning Hierarchical Features (M Mundt)


SS 2015
Neurobiotheory Seminar
Organizers: Matthias Kaschube, Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Claudius Gros, Jochen Triesch and Hermann Cuntz
The NeuroBioTheory seminar takes place each Tuesday at 13:00 in FIAS (room 0.200) or at the MPIBR (Katz)

14.04.2015: Felix Effenberger, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences (host: Hermann Cuntz)
21.04. 2015: Martin Butz, University of Tübingen (host: C. v.d. Malsburg)
29.04. 2015 (Wednesday!): Melissa Vo, Goethe University Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch)
05.05. 2015: Markus Diesmann, Forschungszentrum Jülich (host: Claudius Gros)
12.05. 2015: Dirk Ostwald, Max Planck Institut für Bildungsforschung Berlin (host: Claudius Gros)
19.05. 2015: Georg Martius, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften (host: Claudius Gros)
26.05. 2015: Sacha van Albada, Forschungszentrum Jülich (host: Hermann Cuntz)
02.06. 2015: Jozsef Fiser, University of Budapest (host: Matthias Kaschube)
09.06. 2015: Johannes Letzkus, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (host: Tatjana Tchumatchenko)
16.06.2015: Yashar Ahmadian, University of Oregon (host: Matthias Kaschube)
23.06. 2015: Luis Martinez, Frankfurt (host: Matthias Kaschube)
30.06.2015: Sean Lee, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (host: Jochen Triesch)
07.07. 2015: Kay Hamacher, TU Darmstadt (host: Tatjana Tchumatchenko)
14.07. 2015: Michael Denker, Forschungszentrum Jülich (host: Gaby Schneider)

WS 2014/15

Neurobiotheory Seminar
Organizers: Matthias Kaschube, Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Claudius Gros, Jochen Triesch and Hermann Cuntz
The NeuroBioTheory seminar takes place each Tuesday at 13:00 in FIAS (room 0.200) or at the MPIBR (Katz)

09.09.2014: Janet Wiles, Univ. of Queensland (host: Jochen Triesch)
14.10. 2014: Alexander Bird, Warwick (host: Hermann Cuntz)
21.10. 2014: Peter Jedlicka, Frankfurt (host: Matthias Kaschube)
28.10. 2014: Ben Torben-Nielsen, Okinawa (host: Hermann, Seminarraum OSZ S4 in the Otto-Stern-Zentrum)
4.11. 2014: Raoul M. Memmesheimer, Radboud University Nijmegen (host: Jochen Triesch)
18.11. 2014: Karl Gegenfurtner, Giessen (host: Jochen Triesch)
2.12. 2014: Farzad Farkhooi, Berlin (host: Hermann Cuntz)
16.12. 2014: Manuel Schottdorf, Goettingen (host: Matthias Kaschube)
13.1.2014: Rodrigo Echeveste, Frankfurt (host: Claudius Gros)
20. 1. 2014: Melissa Vo, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch)
27. 1. 2014: Luis Miguel Martinez Otero, Alicante, Spain (host: Matthias Kaschube)
3. 2.2014: Jozsef Fiser, Budapest (host: Matthias Kaschube)
10.2.2014: Andreas Vlachos, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch)
17.2.2014: Sabine Fischer, Frankfurt (host: Matthias Kaschube)

SS 2014

Neurobiotheory Seminar
Organizers: Matthias Kaschube, Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Claudius Gros and Jochen Triesch
The NeuroBioTheory seminar takes place each Tuesday at 13:00 in FIAS (room 0.200) or at the MPIBR (Katz)

25. 4. 2014: Ginestra Bianconi, London (host: Tatjana Tchumatchenko)
06. 5. 2014: Danko Nikolic, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch)
13. 5. 2014: Markus Dahlem, Berlin (host: Claudius Gros)
20. 5. 2014: Enzo Tagliazucchi, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch)
27. 5. 2014: Ingo Bojak, Reading (host: Claudius Gros)
10. 6. 2014: Roberto Guetig, Goettingen (Matthias Kaschube)
17. 6. 2014: Cristina Savin, Wien (host: Jochen Triesch)
08. 7. 2014: Gordon Pipa, Osnabrueck (host: Jochen Triesch)
17.7.2014: Tatjana Tchumatchenko


WS 2013/14

Neurobiotheory Seminar
Organizers: Matthias Kaschube, Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Claudius Gros and Jochen Triesch

The NeuroBioTheory seminar takes place each Tuesday at 13:00 in FIAS (room 0.200) or at the MPIBR (Katz)
15. 10. 13: Kristina Nielsen, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore (host: Kaschube)
22. 10. 13: Jakob Macke, Tuebingen (host: Tchumatchenko)
05. 11. 13: Stephan Eule, Goettingen (host: Kaschube)
19. 11. 13: Frank Pasemann, Osnabrueck (host: Kaschube)
26. 11. 13: Susanne Schreiber, Berlin (host: Tchumatchenko)
03. 12. 13: Gabi Schneider, Goethe U (host: Tchumatchenko)
10. 12. 13: Marc Timme, Goettingen (host: Tchumatchenko)
17. 12. 13: Michael Wibral, Frankfurt (host: Kaschube)
14. 01. 14: Jochen Steil, Bielefeld (host: Kaschube)
21. 01. 14: Demian Battaglia, ISN Marseille (host: Kaschube)
28. 01. 14: Manfred Koessl, Frankfurt (host: Kaschube)
04. 02. 14: Christian Kell, Frankfurt (host: Kaschube)
11. 02. 14: Christian Leibold, Muenchen (host: Kaschube)

WS 2013/14
Seminar Computational Aspects of Neural Network Organisation
Organizers: Christoph von der Malsburg and Tatjana Tchumatchenko

Thursdays, 13:30-15:00h in the Katz seminar room (Max-von-Laue Str 4, MPIBR)
In this seminar we will discuss topics of current research in computational neuroscience on neuronal networks. Prior knowledge in neuroscience and/or computational neuroscience is a plus, but not required.

Target audience:
graduate students in Frankfurt and Rhein-Main area.

9.1.2014 (Max Murakami)
Basic anatomy of selected sensory pathways, such as visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile. Highlight the similarities and differences. The focus is on on biology.

30.1.2014 (Alex Priamikov)
Comparative discussion of sensory pathways (visual, auditory, olphactory and tactile). The focus is on computational transformations taking place along the pathways.

6.2.2014 (Felix Bauer/Mike Hemberger)
Organization of cortical activity, e.g. orientation, motion, color, occularity maps

13.2.2014 (Daniel Miner)
Receptive fields, their measurements and implications
Discussion of receptive fields across sensory modalities

20.2.2014 (Amadeus Dettner)
Sparse/efficient coding
Put forward by Barlow in 1961 as the brain's organizing principle this presentation will investigate the evolution and interpretation of this scheme during the past decade
Discussion of Olshausen and Field's paper

13.3.2014 Network dynamics (Christoph Hartmann)
Introduction of important early work on dynamical network theory, specifically an introduction and discussion of the following articles Wilson and Cowan, Ginzburg and Sompolinsky, Gutfreund and Sompolinsky and other related work.

20.3.2014 Hopfield (Sabrina Muenzberg)
Hopfield model of associative memory

27.3.2014 Perceptron (Hanna Kamyshanska)
Introduced by Rosenblatt and generalized by subsequent studies the perceptron concept is a mainstay of neural network theory. This presentation should introduce it's ability to construct logical gates and perform classification.

3.4.2014 Heteroclinic computation (Fabio Schittler Neves)
Coding with heteroclinic orbits in the olfactory system

10.4.2014 (Sara Konrad/Christoph von der Malsburg)
Object recognition by neural networks with activity dependent links, e.g. Wolfrum and Malsburg.

WS 2013/14
Seminar Theorie biologischer Netzwerke
Organisatoren: Barbara Drossel und Tatjana Tchumatchenko
Die Seminarsprache ist deutsch.
Mittwochs 15:20 Uhr.
Das Seminar fand statt an der Technischen Universitaet Darmstadt
16.10.2013 Vorbesprechung
30.10.2013 B1 Allgemeine Eigenschaften: Skalenfreie und kleine-Welt-Netze
06.11.2013 B2 Allgemeine Eigenschaften: Netzwerkmodule
13.11.2013 A1 Einzelnes Neuron
20.11.2013 A2 von Spikes zu Feuerraten
27.11.2013 A3 Synapsen und Lernen
04.12.2013 B3 Boolesche Netze allgemein
11.12.2013 B4 Boolesche Netze: Hefe-Zellzyklus
18.12.2013 A4 Neuronen als Klassifier
15.01.2014 B5 Proteininteraktionsnetzwerke
22.01.2014 A5 Isingmodelle in den Neurowissenschaften
29.01.2014 A6 Hopfield Modell
05.02.2014 B6 Nahrungsnetze
12.2.2014 B7 Ausbreitung von Krankheiten auf Netzwerken

Past Teaching

2010 Co-Organisation of the seminar ''Stochastic Processes''
2009 Co-Organisation of the seminar ''Time series analysis''
2009 Co-Organisation of the seminar ''Information in biological systems''
Previous teaching includes teaching assistantships for lectures such as "Statistical Physics for Physicists", "Linear Algebra for Physicists" and "Mathematics for Chemists".