The workshop will focus on recent developments concerning neural mass models, i.e. mean field models able to reproduce biologically realistic dynamics of networks of spiking neurons . In particular, emphasis will be devoted on one side to mean field models for the balanced state, representing a fundamental aspect of cortical dynamics [2-6], and on the other side to next generation neural mass models, recently developed, and able to reproduce exactly the dynamics of spiking neural networks .
The workshop aims to favour a comprehension of recently developed neural mass approaches and an open discussion on their relevance and limits of applicability. In particular, a close comparison with experimental results will be performed. The topics will range from the emergence of long lasting fluctuations and correlations in balanced cortical circuits [8-9], to theta-gamma nested oscillations [10-11], from short-term memory [12-13] to neural wave propagation .
The inclusion in the neural mass models of realistic aspects of neural dynamics, such as the presence of background noise, sparseness in the connection [15-16], adaptation  and synaptic plasticity [12-13] will also be addressed in details during the workshop.
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