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)
04.11.2014
Raoul M. Memmesheimer, Radboud University Nijmegen (host: Jochen Triesch)
18.11.2014
Karl Gegenfurtner, Giessen (host: Jochen Triesch)
02.12.2014
Farzad Farkhooi, Berlin (host: Hermann Cuntz)
16.12.2014
Manuel Schottdorf, Goettingen (host: Matthias Kaschube)
13.01.2014
Rodrigo Echeveste, Frankfurt (host: Claudius Gros)
20.01.2014
Melissa Vo, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch)
27.01.2014
Luis Miguel Martinez Otero, Alicante, Spain (host: Matthias Kaschube)
03.02.2014
Jozsef Fiser, Budapest (host: Matthias Kaschube)
10.02.2014
Andreas Vlachos, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch)
17.02.2014
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)

25.04.2014
Ginestra Bianconi, London (host: Tatjana Tchumatchenko)
06.05.2014
Danko Nikolic, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch) 
13.05.2014
Markus Dahlem, Berlin (host: Claudius Gros)
20.05.2014
Enzo Tagliazucchi, Frankfurt (host: Jochen Triesch) 
27.05.2014
Ingo Bojak, Reading (host: Claudius Gros)
10.06.2014
Roberto Guetig, Goettingen (Matthias Kaschube)
17.06.2014
Cristina Savin, Wien (host: Jochen Triesch)
08.07.2014
Gordon Pipa, Osnabrueck (host: Jochen Triesch)
17.07.2014
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)

15.10.2013
Kristina Nielsen, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore (host: Kaschube)
22.10.2013
Jakob Macke, Tuebingen (host: Tchumatchenko)
05.11.2013
Stephan Eule, Goettingen (host: Kaschube) 
19.11.2013
Frank Pasemann, Osnabrueck (host: Kaschube) 
26.11.2013
Susanne Schreiber, Berlin (host: Tchumatchenko) 
03.12.2013
Gabi Schneider, Goethe U (host: Tchumatchenko)
10.12.2013
Marc Timme, Goettingen (host: Tchumatchenko)
17.12.2013
Michael Wibral, Frankfurt (host: Kaschube)
14.01.2014
Jochen Steil, Bielefeld (host: Kaschube)
21.01.2014
Demian Battaglia, ISN Marseille (host: Kaschube)
28.01.2014
Manfred Koessl, Frankfurt (host: Kaschube)
04.02.2014
Christian Kell, Frankfurt (host: Kaschube)
11.02.2014
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.

09.01.2014 (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.
30.01.2014 (Alex Priamikov)
Comparative discussion of sensory pathways (visual, auditory, olphactory and tactile). The focus is on computational transformations taking place along the pathways.
06.02.2014 (Felix Bauer/Mike Hemberger)
Organization of cortical activity, e.g. orientation, motion, color, occularity maps
13.02.2014 (Daniel Miner)
Receptive fields, their measurements and implications
Discussion of receptive fields across sensory modalities
20.02.2014 (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
13.03.2014 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.
20.03.2014 Hopfield (Sabrina Muenzberg)
Hopfield model of associative memory
27.03.2014 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.
03.04.2014 Heteroclinic computation (Fabio Schittler Neves)
Coding with heteroclinic orbits in the olfactory system
10.04.2014 (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
12.02.2014
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".