Bernstein Conference 2017




Sep 12 – 15


Invited Lectures

Kenneth Miller | Columbia University, New York, USA
The Stabilized Supralinear Network, or, The Importance of Being Loosely Balanced

Niels Birbaumer | Universität Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany
Abolishment of the locked-in state with a Brain-Machine-Interface (BMI) (in German)

Richard Hahnloser (University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)
Songbirds’ solution to an intractable motor learning problem

Anne Churchland (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA)
Single-trial decisions are accurately predicted by inhibitory neural population activity

Adrienne Fairhall (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
Control of variability in motor learning

Robert Gütig (MPI for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Germany)
Spiking neurons can discover predictive features by aggregate-label learning

Moritz Helmstaedter (MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Cerebral Cortex Connectomics

Judith Hirsch (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA)
Neural circuits for visual processing in thalamus

Tom Mrsic-Flogel (University College London, London, UK)
Principles of local and long-range organisation of cortical circuits

Andreas Nieder (University of Tuebingen, Tübingen, Germany)
The magical number zero

Stephanie Palmer  (University of Chicago, Chicago, USA)
Understanding retinal response through the lens of prediction

Matthew Rushworth (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
The anterior cingulate cortex in learning and changing behaviour

Merav Stern (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
From connectivity to rate dynamics – successes and failures of the mean-field approach

Contributed Talks

Benjamin Dann (German Primate Center, Göttingen, Germany)
Single trail population activity of the fronto-parietal grasping network evolves through three independent subspaces

Leonardo L. Gollo (QIMR Berghofer, Brisbane, Australia)
Economic and topological trade-offs in the human connectome

Ziad M. Hafed (Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tuebingen, Germany)
The foveal visual representation of the primate superior colliculus

Sofia Jativa (Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL, London, UK)
Effects of short-term plasticity on the memory lifetime of recurrent neural circuits

Wouter Klijn (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany)
Visual exploration and generation of connectivity in neural networks: bridging the gap between empirical data and theoretical model denition

Hazem Toutounji (Central Institute of Mental Health and Bernstein Center Heidelberg-Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany)
A state space model for change point detection in multivariate spike count data

David E. Whitney (Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Jupiter, USA)
High cellular and columnar variability underlies the absence of early
orientation selectivity

Sara Zanonne (Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK)
Sequential neuromodulation of Hebbian plasticity offers a mechanism for effective reward-based navigation

Satellite Workshops


  • Kaiser
  • Kohlstedt
  • Brunner
  • Ziegler
  • Wenger
  • S. Rose
  • M. Timme
  • P. Hövel


  • Ole Paulsen
  • Attila Gulyás
  • Paola Malerba
  • David Foster
  • Amir Azizi
  • José R. Donoso
  • Joszef Csicsvari


  • W. Singer
  • M. Timme
  • D. Battaglia
  • C. Kirst
  • S. Canals
  • R. Vicente
  • L. Gollo
  • A.Valizadeh


  • A. Berenyi
  • S. Cheng
  • C. Leibold
  • S. Remy
  • A. Sirota
  • F. Kloosterman


  • F. Melozzi
  • E. Plesser
  • M. Djurfeld
  • J. Gallinaro
  • J. Kornfeld
  • C. Hilgetag
  • J. Triesch
  • S. Galindo
  • P. Herbers
  • W. Klijn
  • S. Diaz


  • J. Schuecker
  • J. Hertz
  • A. Crisanti
  • M. Stern
  • W. Stannat
  • A. D. Reyes
  • V. Priesemann
  • B. Cessac
  • B. Bravi


  • W. W. Lytton
  • J. P. Changeux
  • V. Steuber
  • S. Dura-Bernal
  • S. Kali
  • V. Steuber
  • D. Durstewitz
  • M. Bezaire
  • C. C. Kerr
  • R. McDougal
  • F. Skinner


  • M. Lengyel
  • L. Aichison
  • G. Hennequin
  • C. Savin
  • J. P. Pfister
  • D. Kappel
  • G. Orban
  • R. Coen-Cagli
  • R. Haefner
  • A. Sanborn
  • J. Fiser


  • M. Bethge
  • J. Rauber
  • W. Brendel