Imbizo is a Xhosa word meaning "a gathering to share knowledge". The IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, or ISi-CNI is exactly that: an opportunity for African and international students to learn about cutting edge research techniques in computational neuroscience.

Computational neuroscience is a rapidly expanding subject whose methods are essential for understanding and modeling the brain, as well as for designing and interpreting experiments. This school aims to promote computational neuroscience in Africa by bringing together international and local students under the tutelage of world-leading experts in the field.

The format of the school will entail intensive lecturing on advanced topics in computational and theoretical neuroscience as well as practical exercises in simulation and data analysis. In addition, students will perform a mini-research project under the supervision of one of the school tutors to be presented at the end of the school.


The School

The school will consist of 6 working days a week. Each week will be focused around one of the themes appearing below.
Days off will be spent exploring some of the beautiful wonders around Cape Town.
Each work day will consist of lectures in the morning, followed by either further lectures/practical tutorials in the afternoons.
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Week 1:
neural anatomy and higher order brain function

What do brains do? Neural function can be categorised into various tasks: sensory processing, action selection, motor control etc. In week one we will consider the problems posed by understanding each of these. Students will also be taught introductory anatomical and computational concepts as necessary.

Week 2:
biophysics, plasticity and machine learning

How do neurons work? How can we model them mathematically? How do they encode information and communicate that information to one another? Week two will address some of these questions, focusing on cellular biophysics, synaptic plasticity and how techniques from machine learning can help us understand information processing in brains.

Week 3:
computations in spiking networks

Real networks of neurons display some interesting characteristics, like the balance of excitation and inhibition and highly variable firing statistics. In week three students will consider how computations can be performed subject to some of these constraints.

School Materials

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Affiliated Partners

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IBRO African Center for Advanced Training in Neurosciences at UCT

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