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We invite advanced master students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers to participate in the BNNI 2018 to be held at the Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Ventspils, Latvia in June 2018.

The Course

The course is interdisciplinary and covers modeling at different levels of organization of the brain. Additionally this year's training course is planned more diverse and will include also EEG/SEEG signal processing techniques as well as forward and inverse modeling of the brain. Finally the participants will be introduced to various basic aspects of deep learning in order to answer following questions:

  • How to choose an algorithm?
  • How to prepare the data?
  • How to train and deploy the model?

Participants will learn about Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) and Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs).

The course combines lectures, tutorials and computer exercises. This summer school is the sixth in the series of the Baltic-Nordic Courses on Neuroinformatics (BNNI 2013 in Kaunas, Lithuania; BNNI 2014 in Tampere, Finland; BNNI 2015 in Tartu, Estonia; BNNI 2016 in Warsaw, Poland; BNNI 2017 in Kaunas, Lithuania).

Target audience

The target audience of the course will be advanced master students, doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers in biomedical and technology sciences, from medicine, biology, psychology, to mathematics, informatics, information technology, physics, chemistry, who would like to get an introduction to neuroinformatics and computational neuroscience. Some experience with programming and quantitative reasoning as well as strong interest in computational and mathematical modeling of the brain will be desirable but not necessary to benefit from the school. Last year we had participants from 14 countries all over the world!

Faculty includes

Marja-Leena Linne, Tampere University of Technology, Finland; The Human Brain Project
Bruce Graham, University of Stirling, UK
Daniel Wojcik, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland
Arnd Roth, University College London, UK
Peter Jedlicka, NeuroScience Center, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
Gaute Einevoll, UiO Department of Physics The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Norway
Ausra Saudargiene, Neuroscience Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
Radu Ranta, CRAN, University of Lorraine, France
Louis Maillard, CHRU Hôpital central - Nancy, CRAN, University of Lorraine, France
Janis Hofmanis, Smart Technology Research Center, Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Ventspils, Latvia
And others.

Students are welcome to prepare a poster for poster session about their current/previous research. Send your PDF file of A1 or A0 format to bnni2018@gmail.com and we will print it for you here!

We are looking forward to welcome you at the BNNI 2018 in Ventspils, Latvia!

Photos: courtesy of Dr. Silvija Jankeviciute,
Laboratory for Research of Pharmacological Regulation of Pathological Processes and Drug Metabolism, Neuroscience Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania

Important dates and venue


Ventspils University of Applied sciences

Important Dates

12 April 2018: Application deadline (Extended)
15 April 2018: Acceptance notification
11 - 13 June 2018: School

Venue

The lectures will be held on 11th to 13th of June, 2018, at the Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Ventspils, Latvia , Inženieru str. 101a, Ventspils, LV-3601, Latvia.

Ventspils is a wonderful port city on the coast of the Baltic sea with rich historical heritage. Click on visitventspils.lv to obtain more information about Ventspils and things to do while visiting!

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Ventspils!

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Course program, June 2018


11 June 2018

  • 8.00 - 9.00 Registration. Morning Coffee/Tea
  • 9.00 - 9.10 Opening and welcome
  • I-A session. Neuroinformatics methods in neuroscience and medicine.
  • 9.10 - 10.40 Prof. B. Graham, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Stirling, UK
    From neurons and synapses to networks: Basics of Computational Neuroscience: Neurons and Synapses to Networks
  • 10.40 - 11.00 Coffee/Tea
  • 11.00 - 12.00 Dr. A.Roth, Wolfson Institute of Biomedical Research, University College London, UK
    Introduction to NEURON.
  • 12.00 - 12.40 Prof. A. Saudargiene, Neuroscience Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania; Department of Informatics, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
    Memory, learning and synaptic plasticity.
  • 12.40 - 13.40 Lunch. Coffee/Tea
  • 13.40 - 14.40 Prof. P. Jedlicka, NeuroScience Center, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
    Compartmental models of neuronal excitability and plasticity in healthy and diseased hippocampus.
  • 14.40 - 15.40 Prof. M.-L.Linne, Tampere University of Technology, Finland; The Human Brain Project
    Introduction to Neuroinformatics: From wet-lab data, informatics tools and modeling of neuronal and glial functions to engineering applications
  • 15.40 - 16.00 Coffee/Tea
  • I-B session. Computer exercises. Modeling the healthy brain
  • 16.00 - 17.30 Dr. A.Roth, Wolfson Institute of Biomedical Research, University College London, UK
    Hands on NEURON software.
  • 17.30 - 19.00 Prof. B. Graham, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Stirling, UK
    Prof. A. Saudargiene, Neuroscience Institute, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania; Department of Informatics, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
    Simulating synapses, neurons and networks in health.
  • 19.00 - 20.00 Coffee/Tea. Poster session and networking

12 June 2018

  • I session. Neuroinformatics methods in neuroscience and medicine.
  • 8.30 - 9.00 Morning Coffe/Tea
  • 9.00 - 10.00 Prof. D. Wojcik, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland
    Extracellular electrophysiology from modeling perspective
  • 10.00 - 11.00 Prof. G. Einevoll, UiO Department of Physics The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Norway
    Neuroscience with both hands – bridging brain scales with mathematics
  • 11.00 - 11.30 Coffee/Tea
  • II-A session. EEG/SEEG signal processing. Forward and Inverse modeling.
  • 11.30 - 13.00 Prof. Louis Maillard, University of Lorraine, CRAN, France
    Clinical / Neuroscientific aspects of EEG and SEEG analysis.
  • 13.00 - 14.00 Lunch. Coffee/Tea
  • 14.00 - 15.30 Prof. R.Ranta, University of Lorraine, CRAN, France
    EEG signal processing: from filtering and artifact removal algorithms to forward and inverse modeling.
  • 15.30 - 16.00 Coffee/Tea
  • II-B session. Computer exercises. Modeling head, simulating and localizing sources.
  • 16.00 - 18.30 Prof. R.Ranta, University of Lorraine, CRAN, France
    Forward/Inverse modeling. EEG signal processing.
  • Dinner and Networking

13 June 2018

  • III-A session. From classical machine learning to deep learning algorithms.
  • 8.30 - 9.00 Morning Coffe/Tea
  • 9.00 - 10.00 Ph.D. J. Hofmanis, Ph.D. G. Bergmanis-Korats, Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Smart Technology Research Centre, Ventspils, Latvia
    Introduction to Deep Learning: Object Detection using ConvNets Part I
  • 10.00 - 10.15 Coffee/Tea
  • 10.15 - 12.00 Ph.D. J. Hofmanis, Ph.D. G. Bergmanis-Korats Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Smart Technology Research Centre, Ventspils, Latvia
    Introduction to Deep Learning: Object Detection using ConvNets Part II
  • 12.00 - 13.00 Lunch. Coffee/Tea
  • III-B session. Computer exercises. Hands on DNN
  • 13.00 - 17.00 Ph.D. J. Hofmanis, Ph.D. G. Bergmanis-Korats, Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Ventspils, Latvia
    Introduction to Deep Learning: Data preparation, model training and deployment.
  • Coffe/Tea. Farewell.

Registration and fees


Registration is finished!

There is a small tuition fee of 50 EUR to be paid by the accepted students before 1 May 2018:
Ventspils University of Applied Sciences
Address: Inzenieru st. 101, Ventspils LV3601
Registration No.:90000362426
Bank name: Valsts kase
SWIFT code: TRELLV22
Account No.: LV23TREL9150140000000
Target: BNNI 2018

The organizers will provide teaching materials, meals and coffee during the course. The participants are expected to cover their travel and health insurance expenses as well as lodging (click here for accommodation information).

Student accommodation will be available at a reduced cost. Ventspils University of Applied Sciences can provide a student dormitory rooms - 2 students per room, 2 rooms per block. One block costs 51 EUR (12,75 EUR for one person per night). For accepted students who have already confirmed their attendance, rooms are reserved automatically. Payment should be made once you will arrive.

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