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Scientific Themes of the EITN

Theoretical neuroscience is at the crossroad of many fields such as experimental neuroscience, physics, mathematics, and information technologies. The thematics investigated in the EITN workshops range from the microscopic (single neurons) to the macroscopic (entire brain areas) aspects in order to better understand the brain.

Examples of such research themes are:

  • Bridging scales: Derive simplified neuron and neural circuit models from biophysically morphologically detailed models; Modeling brain signals at different scales, from intracellular, local field potentials, VSD up to EEG and MEG signals;
    Past EITN workshops on this theme:
    - Mean-field approaches to the dynamics of neuronal networks,
    - Modeling brain signals.

     
  • Generic models of brain circuits: provide theoretical methods for large-scale simulations with generic networks models. The models investigated are aimed at being fully compatible with the Human Brain Projects platforms;
    Past EITN workshops on this theme:
    - Network science for cortical circuits: specificity versus regularity.

     
  • Learning and memory: Derive learning rules from biophysical synapse models; Unsupervised learning rules and emergent connectivity;
    Past EITN workshops on this theme:
    - Synaptic plasticity.

     
  • Models of cognitive processes: Models for perception-action; Models for working memory; Models of biologically realistic network states, wakefulness and sleep;
    Past EITN workshops on this theme:
    - Visuo-motor integration,
    - Roles and Mechanisms of Cortico-cortical Feedback.

     
  • Linking model activity and function to experimental data: link theoretical models at different levels of description to cross-bridge neuroscience and models implemented in various Human Brain Project platforms.
    Past EITN workshops on this theme:
    - Neural coding in high dimensional, nonlinear systems.


Each of these themes are the basis of the events organized at the EITN during the year. External visitors whose expertise is related to these themes are encouraged to apply to the visitor program and participate to workshops. The EITN workshops also aim at using the EBRAINS infrastructure of the HBP.