Oxford Neurotheory Forum (ONTF)

ONTF seminars take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Le Gros Clark lecturer theatre (note change of venue and time! view map) unless otherwise stated. This forum is jointly organised by , and . Email one of us if you like to be added to the Neurotheory mailing list, or use the OxfordTalks platform.

Upcoming Seminars

 Wednesday 1 November 2017
Prof Jochen Braun
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Continuous visual inference and hierarchical attractor dynamics
 Wednesday 15 November 2017
Dr Dan Goodman
Imperial College London
 Wednesday 29 November 2017
Matthew Botvinick, M.D., Ph.D.
DeepMind and Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL
 Wednesday 13 December 2017
Dr Frédéric Piel
Imperial College London

Past Seminars

 Wednesday 11 October 2017
Prof Thomas Nowotny
University of Sussex
Biophysical model of the olfactory system of honey bees predicts qualitatively different responses to mixtures
 Wednesday 27 September 2017
Prof Gaute Einevoll
Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of Oslo
What can we learn from local field potentials (LFPs) recorded in the brain?
 Thursday 21 September 2017
Prof Jonathan Rubin
University of Pittsburgh
Basal ganglia activity: The good, the bad, and the depressed
 Wednesday 13 September 2017
Danilo Jimenez Rezende, PhD
Approximate Inference and Deep Generative Models
 Wednesday 5 July 2017
Prof Josh Berke
UC San Francisco
Rethinking Reward: Dopamine Signals in Learning and Motivation
  !!Thursday 29 June 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Dr Mark Humphries
University of Manchester
A Spiral Attractor Network Drives Rhythmic Locomotion in Aplysia
 Thrusday 22 June 2017
Dr David Kastner
Mechanism underlying the retinal computation of predictive sensitization
 Wednesday 14 June 2017
Dr Simon Schultz
Imperial College London
Optical Tools for Dissecting Neural Information Processing
 Tuesday 16 May 2017 (Cortex club talk at the Sherrington library, 5 pm)
Dr Christian Machens
Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Efficient codes and balanced networks
 Wednesday 17 May 2017
Prof Ingo Bojak
University of Reading
Towards state and parameter estimation in neural populations models (of anaesthesia)
 Thrusday 11 May 2017 (talk at the room C1, Mathematical Institute, 12-1pm)
Dr Kyle Wedgwood
University of Exeter
Riding the waves in spiking neural networks
 Wednesday 10 May 2017 (joint Neurotheory/Cortex club talk at the Le Gros Clark Lecturer Theatre)
Prof Alexander Pouget
University of Geneva
The Agony of Choice: Optimal Policies for Value-based Decision Making
 Wednesday 26 April 2017
Dr Nicolangelo Iannella
University of Nottingham
STDP balance and morphology influences the appearance of the dendritic mosaic
 Wednesday 5 April 2017
Dr Yann Sweeney
Imperial College London
Diverse population coupling ensures robust yet flexible stimulus representation in a recurrent network model of perceptual learning
 Wed 29 March 2017 (4pm; Cortex club talk)
Prof. Xiao-Jing Wang
New York University Shanghai
What does it mean to build a large-scale brain circuit model?
 Thursday 23 March 2017 (2pm)
Michael Markie
F1000 (and Wellcome Open Research)
Wellcome Open Research - author led publishing
 Wednesday 15 March 2017
Dr Nikolaus Kriegeskorte
University of Cambridge
Testing complex brain-computational models to understand how the brain works
 Friday 17 March 2017 (3:30pm-4:30pm at Dept. of Statistics; large lecturer theatre)
Dr Thomas E. Nichols
University of Warwick
Large Scale Evaluation of Random Field Theory Inference in fMRI
 Wednesday 15 Feb 2017
Ms Grace Lindsay
Columbia University
Modeling Neural and Performance Correlates of Attention
 Thrusday 26 January 2017 (12:00-1:00pm, at C1, Andrew Wiles Building)
Dr Tiago Pereira
Imperial College London
Dynamics of hubs: emergent behaviour and phase transitions
 Wednesday 11 January 2017
Prof Stephen Coombes
University of Nottingham
Next generation neural field modelling

 Wednesday 14 December 2016
Dr Michael Spratling
Kings College London
Predictive coding as a model of cortical function
 Wednesday 16 November 2016
Mr Dane Corneil
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Preplay and path planning in maze-like environments with attractor networks
 Wednesday 23 November 2016
Dr Ben Torben-Nielsen
University of Hertfordshire
Neuronal computation: A tale of dendritic structure and function
 Wednesday 19 October 2016
Dr Tara Keck
University College London
Spatial scales of homeostatic plasticity in mouse visual cortex
 Wednesday 21 September 2016
Dr Tim O'Leary
University of Cambridge
Reconciling flexible neuromodulation, variability and regulatory control in neurons
 Wednesday 17 August 2016 (at 4pm)
Mr Alex Seeholzer
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
A mean-field theory for drift-diffusion dynamics of spiking continuous attractor models
 Monday 20 June 2016 (at the Pharmacology Dept.)
Dr Angela Yu
University of California San Diego
A Decision-Theoretic Framework for Active Cognition
 Wednesday 22 June 2016 (at the Experimental Psychology Dept. - Rawlins room)
Dr Bob Wilson
University of Arizona
Information seeking and randomness drive human exploration
 Monday 13 June 2016 (at 3pm)
Dr Matthias Munk
Technical University Darmstadt
Neural Dynamics in Prefrontal Cortex: Ensemble Codes, Oscillatory Structure and Avalanches during short-term memory
 Wednesday 18 May 2016
Dr Cian O'Donnell
University of Bristol
Multidimensional imbalances in excitation/inhibition in Fragile-X Syndrome
 Wednesday 4 May 2016
Dr Jill O'Reilly
University of Oxford
Control of entropy in internal models
Joint CNCB / Neurotheory seminar
 Monday 25 April 2016 (noon at Oxford Martin School)
Dr Shaul Druckmann
Janelia Research Campus
Relating Circuit Dynamics to Computation: Robustness and Dimension-specific Computation in Cortical Dynamics
 Wednesday 6 April 2016
Dr Eleni Vasilaki
University of Sheffield
Emergence of connectivity motifs via the interaction of long-term and sort-term plasticity
 Tuesday 15 March 2016
Dr Thomas Akam
University of Oxford
Optogenetic silencing of anterior cingulate cortex disrupts model-based reinforcement learning in mice (note: this talk will be at the Department of Experimental Psychology, C113 Weiskrantz Room between 1pm to 2pm)
 Wednesday 16 March 2016
Prof Andreas Herz
LMU Munich
Decoding the population activity of grid cells for spatial localization and goal-directed navigation
Joint Experimental Psychology / Neurotheory seminar
 Thrusday 10 March 2016
Dr Keren Haroush
Harvard University
Neuronal underpinnings of social interaction (note: this talk will be at the Department of Experimental Psychology between 3:30pm to 4:30pm)
 Wednesday 2 March 2016
Dr Pablo Jercog
IDIBAPS & Cellex Inst., Barcelona
Time dependent spatial information carried by the neural population in hippocampal area CA1 during familiarization
Joint CNCB / Neurotheory seminar
 Wednesday 17 February 2016
Prof Leslie Griffith
Brandeis University
A single pair of neurons links sleep to memory consolidation in Drosophila melanogaster
 Wednesday 10 February 2016
Mr James Whittington
University of Oxford
Learning in cortical networks through error back-propagation
 Wednesday 27 January 2016
Prof Peter Latham
Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL
Probabilistic Synapses
 Wednesday 13 January 2016
Dr Greg Wayne
Deep Mind
Differentiable Neural Computers for Memory-Based Control

 Wednesday 16 December 2015
Dr Sophie Deneve
Ecole Normale Superieure
Learning to represent signals spike by spike
 Wednesday 2 December 2015
Dr Claudia Clopath
Imperial College
Broad inhibitory tuning shaped by synaptic plasticity with homeostasis
Joint CNCB / Neurotheory seminar
 Tuesday 24 November 2015 (noon at Oxford Martin School)
Dr Mate Lengyel
University of Cambridge
Adaptation to natural input statistics: a key to dendritic computation and plasticity
 Wednesday 18 November 2015
Dr Pedro Goncalves
Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL
Dynamics of an oculomotor integrator revealed by instantaneous optogenetic perturbations
 Wednesday 11 November 2015
Dr James Bennett
University of Oxford
Patterning of receptive fields by spatiotemporally inseparable correlations and STDP
 Wednesday 4 November 2015
Arvind Kumar
KTH Royal Institute of Technology/University of Freiburg
Closed-loop feedback control for spiking neuronal network dynamics
 Wednesday 14 October 2015
Paul Brodersen
University of Oxford
How does the topology of neuronal network change during spatial learning?
 Monday 28 September 2015 (2pm)
Kishore Kuchibhotla
New York University
Cholinergic switching conveys behavioral context by controlling cortical inhibition
 Wednesday 16 September 2015
Piotr Suffczynski
University of Warsaw
Modelling seizure transitions with neuronal and ionic dynamics
 Friday 11 September 2015
Sen Song
Tsinghua University
Attentional Neural Network: Feature Selection Using Cognitive Feedback
 Wednesday 8 July 2015
N. Alex Cayco Gajic
University College London
Coordinated neural activity: mechanistic origins and impact on stimulus coding
 Monday 6 July 2015
Yashar Ahmadian
Columbia University
Contextual modulation of gamma rhythms in inhibition stabilized cortical networks
 Wednesday 24 June 2015
Michael Okun
University College London
Diverse coupling of neurons to populations in sensory cortex
Joint Statistics / Neurotheory seminar
 Friday 19 June 2015 @ 16:00
Geoffrey Hinton
University of Toronto/Google
Deep Learning
Please note different time and venue: 16:00, Oxford Martin School
 Wednesday 27 May 2015
John Mikhael
University of Oxford
Learning Reward Uncertainty in the Basal Ganglia
 Wednesday 13 May 2015
Carlos Stein N. Brito
Theory of synaptic plasticity for receptive field development
 Wednesday 7 May 2015
Guillaume Hennequin
University of Cambridge
Inhibition-stabilized balanced dynamics account for stimulus-induced changes of noise variability in the cortex
 Wednesday 8 April 2015
Ali Neishabouri
Imperial College London
Noise and other constraints on the design of neural fibres
 Wednesday 4 March 2015
No seminar (people at Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne) meeting)

 Wednesday 18 February 2015
Rafal Bogacz
University of Oxford
A tutorial on the free-energy model of perception and learning
 Wednesday 4 February 2015
Friedemann Zenke
Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience (LCN), EPFL
Memory formation and recall in spiking neural networks
 Wednesday 21 January 2015
Alejo Nevado-Holgado
University of Oxford
Model-guided analysis of beta band oscillations in the basal ganglia
 Friday 9 January 2015
Patrick Simen
Oberlin College
Interval timing and decision making with an opponent Poisson diffusion model
 Wednesday 7 January 2015
Adam Ponzi
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
Edge of chaos in the striatum and for temporal expectation

 Wednesday 10 December 2014
Hayriye Cagnan
University of Oxford
Phase specific stimulation of tremor oscillators
 Wednesday 26 November 2014
Mark Humphries
University of Manchester
Tonic dopamine\’s control of the exploration-exploitation trade-off
 Wednesday 12 November 2014
Alvaro Tejero-Cantero
University of Oxford
Automatic brain state discovery from multivariate LFP time series
 Wednesday 29 October 2014
Tim Behrens
University of Oxford
Can we look at neuronal and synaptic computations in humans? And why should we want to.
 Thursday 16 October 2014
Blake Richards
University of Toronto
Memories are not formed in a vacuum: how multiple memories are combined during consolidation
 Wednesday 15 October 2014
Bilal Haider
University College London
Synaptic inhibition regulates cortical activity in vivo.
 Wednesday 1 October 2014
Adam Packer
University College London
All-optical manipulation and recording of neural circuit activity in vivo.
 Wednesday 17 September 2014
Guillaume Hennequin
University of Cambridge
From dynamics to statistics: Trial-average trajectories and across-trial variability of cortical responses.
 Tuesday 10 June, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Brent Doiron
Dept. of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh
Formation of neuronal assemblies and their maintenance during spontaneous cortical activity.
 Wednesday 28 May, 2014
Tim Vogels
CNCB, Oxford
Connection-type specific biases make uniform random network models consistent with cortical recordings.
 Wednesday 16 April, 2014
Bill Podlaski
CNCB, Oxford
Learning sensory representations with retroaxonal feedback.
 Wednesday 2 April, 2014
Christian Pozzorini
Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience, EPFL
Adaptive coding in single neurons.
 Wednesday 19 March, 2014
Marius Usher
Dept. of Psychology, Tel Aviv University
Absolute vs relative decisions: Contrasting choice models via controlled evidence manipulation.
 Wednesday 5 March, 2014
Timothy Lillicrap
Dept. of Pharmacology, Oxford
Random feedback weights support learning in deep neural networks.
 Wednesday 19 February, 2014
Ben Willmore
Biomedical Science, Oxford
Gain control in the auditory system.
 Wednesday 5 February, 2014
Akihiro Eguchi
Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Oxford
Modelling the development of object shape representations in V4 and TEO.
 Wednesday 22 January, 2014
Shamik Dasgupta
CNCB, Oxford
Models of decision making in fruit flies.
 Wednesday 8 January, 2014
Rui Ponte Costa
Inst. for Adaptive and Neural Computation, Univ. of Edinburgh
Pre and post-synaptic plasticity in local cortical circuits.
 Wednesday 2 January, 2014
Christine Constantinople
Princeton University
Thalamic drive of deep cortical layers.
Rob Froemke
NYU School of Medicine
Cortical plasticity improves sensory perception.

 Wednesday 11 December, 2013
Rafal Bogacz
Div. of Clinical Neuroscience, Oxford
Do we have Bayes' theorem hard-wired in the basal ganglia?
 Wednesday 27 November, 2013
Daniel Walters
Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Oxford
Accurate path integration of head direction: mechanisms for updating a packet of neural activity at the correct speed.
 Wednesday 13 November, 2013
Chris Summerfield
Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Oxford
Adaptation and prediction in perceptual categorisation.