Monday, October 16, 2017
9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Space 2435 North Quad (105 S. State St.)

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE) and the U-M Neuroscience Graduate Program have organized the 1st U-M workshop on Computational Neuroscience. The goal is to bring together the large U-M community of neuroscientists that use computational tools in their research, and to start building new bridges across departments and disciplines.


8:30 a.m. - Registration opens

Coffee and light snacks will be served

9:00 a.m. - Welcome and introduction by Krishna Garikipati and Edward Stuenkel

Prof. Garikipati and Prof. Stuenkel will give an overview of the goals of the workshop

9:15 a.m. - Introduction to MICDE: why computational neuroscience?

Prof. Garikipati will give an overview of the institute focusing on activities and resources available to the U-M community of computational neuroscientists

9:30 a.m. - Research Overview 1: V. Booth/ K. Diba/ R. Harris

9:30 a.m. Neural circuit models for sleep-wake regulation and pain processing

Victoria Booth, Department of Mathematics and Department of Anesthesiology

 9:40 a.m. Neuronal ripples in space and time: coordinated activity in memory circuits

Kamran Diba, Department of Anesthesiology

9:50 a.m. Neural networks of chronic pain

Rick Harris, Department of Anesthesiology


10:20 a.m. - Sara Aton (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology), and Michal Zochowski (Physics)

From Spiking Patterns to Memory formation: Tools for Analysis and Modeling of Network-wide Cognitive Dynamics of the Brain

The aim of the research is to develop models as well as analysis tools to understand network-wide spatio-temporal patterning underlying experimentally observed neural spiking activity. The research team has developed novel tools to analyze dynamics of neuronal representations across time, before during and after learning. These tools, for the first time, compare the stability of network dynamics before and after memory encoding.

10:50 - Research Overview 2: C. Chestek/ T. Bruns/ O. Ahmed

10:50 a.m. Neural interfaces for controlling finger movements

Cynthia Chestek, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

11:00 a.m. Analyzing neural signals from and anatomical characteristics of dorsal rootganglia

Tim Bruns, Department of Biomedical Engineering

11:10 a.m. Deciphering human neuronal circuits

Omar Ahmed, Department of Psychology

11:30 a.m. - Student Town Hall - Graduate Certificate in Computational Neuroscience

MICDE and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience are preparing an application to launch a new Rackham Graduate Certificate in Computational Neuroscience. In this town hall we are seeking input from students (and any interested party) to incorporate into this exciting process.

12:10 p.m. - Research Overview 3: S. Lempka/ B. Watson/ G. Murphy

12:10 p.m. Computational approaches to improve clinical neurostimulation therapies

Scott Lempka, Department of Biomedical Engineering

12:20 p.m. Regulation of neural population dynamics by brain state

Brendon Watson, Department of Psychiatry

12:30 p.m. TBD

Geoffrey Murphy, Department of Physiology

Workshop organization committee

Sara Aton (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology)
Victoria Booth (Mathematics & Anesthesiology)
Cynthia Chestek (Biomedical Engineering & Electrical Engineering)
Krishna Garikipati (Mechanical Engineering & Mathematics; Director, MICDE)
Edward Stuenkel (Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program)
Michal Zochowski (Physics & Biophysics)

Questions? Email Mariana Carrasco-Teja at