Simulating plasticity in morphologically detailed neural networks with Arbor — Building a new research community

Organizers

Sandra Diaz | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Brent Huisman | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Abstract

The Arbor simulator lets users design their neuronal cells and networks in a user friendly way, and because it simulates morphologically detailed cells with arbitrary dynamics, it makes for a interesting new choice in the study of various kinds of plasticity. This workshop is meant to gather researchers and their research questions about plasticity and discover which features are needed from a simulator to answer some of these shared questions. Arbor will be introduced, and some plasticity related studies currently conducted showcased. The attendees are then invited to share and discuss their research questions and distil this in a roadmap that will drive Arbor development in the near future, enabling study of those research questions. We hope the workshop will be the starting point of a plasticity user group around the Arbor simulator, bringing focus to its development and hopefully research questions answered.

Schedule (CEST)

Tuesday, Sept 13

14:00

Sandra Diaz| Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Intro to plasticity and the ‘founding’ of a new user group

14:30

Brent Huisman | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Introduction to Arbor

15:00

Brent Huisman | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Arbor Hands-on: spike based homeostasis I

16:30

30 min break

17:00

Brent Huisman | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Arbor Hands-on: spike based homeostasis II

18:00

End of first day

Wednesday, Sept 14

08:30

Stefan Rotter | University of Freiburg, Germany
Point neuron plasticity modeling

08:50

Han Lu | University of Freiburg, Germany
Implementing homeostatic structural plasticity in detailed neuron model on Arbor

09:10

Hermann Cuntz | Ernst-Strüngmann-Institute, Germany
Modelling neuronal morphology

09:30

Sebastian Schmitt | University of Heidelberg, Germany
Christian Tetzlaff| University of Göttingen, Germany
The Functional Interplay between Plasticity Processes on Arbor

10:00

Thorsten Hater | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Arbor: implementation details relevant to plasticity modeling

10:30

30 min break

11:00

Round table discussion

12:30

End