Workshop on the state and future of Bayesian methods in modeling brain functions

Frankel Leo ut 30-34
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:00am
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 10:00am to Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

Bayesian probabilistic methods have gained prominence in the last two decades as the presently most promising avenue to model basic and higher brain functions in humans and animals.  Although there is a steadily accumulating behavioral evidence supporting this claim, the neurophysiological results are much more scarce despite the appearance of multiple viable proposals how the brain might implement such computations.  Related to this, computational frameworks clearly outlining how to link behavioral and physiological findings are also rare. Following the spirit of the two highly successful previous meetings on the topic, the goal of the present workshop is to bring together international researches who are at the forefront of this evolving field, to discuss the advances and apparent perils of taking a probabilistic normative approach to cognition and brain functioning.  The two‑and‑a‑half‑day meeting will follow a strict agenda discussing the most pertinent questions that will be identified prior to the meeting by E‑mail interaction between the participants.  As it happened with the previous two meetings, we expect that the discussions and conclusions of the meeting will set the research agenda of quite a number of the research group represented at the meeting for the coming years.

The incomplete list of participants includes:


Richard Turner   University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Christina Savin  University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Ralf Haefner       Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

Marjena Popovic  Brandeis University, Waltham, USA

Peter Latham   The Gatsby Unit, UCL, London, UK

Sophie Deneve    Ecole Normal Superieure, Paris, France

Peggy Series, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Matthias Bethge    Max Planck Institute, Tubingen, Germany

Jeff Beck,    University of Rochester, Rochester, USA

Jonathan Pillow   University of Texas, Austin, USA

Constantin Rothkopf   Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies, Frankfurt, Germany

Agnieszka Grabska-Barwinska   The Gatsby Unit, UCL, London, UK

Gergo Orban  Wigner Institute, Budapest Hungary

Alex Pouget  University of Geneva, Switzerland

Mate Lengyel University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK and CEU, Hungary

Balazs Ujfalussy University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Guillaume Hennequin   University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Jozsef Fiser   CEU, Budapest, Hungary