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2024

New Article! To appear in a special Neuron issue on consciousness on May 15, 2024

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"An integrative, multiscale view on consciousness theories" - See Publication

Swiss Computational Neuroscience Retreat - Jan 31 - Feb. 2
Ismael Jaras
presented "Learning, forward and backward" and Arno Granier "Confidence estimation and second-order errors in cortical circuits".

EBRAINS 2.0 - New funded Project! - Start: 01.01.2024 / Runtime: 3 years
EBRAINS 2.0 project submitted in response to the INFRASERV call has been awarded €38 million from the European Commission to further the development of services of the EBRAINS research infrastructure, a legacy of the Human Brain Project.

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The project involves 59 partner institutions from 16 European countries and officially starts in January 2024. As partners, our group together with NeuroTMA were granted €1.2 million.

2023

New Preprint!

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"The conductor model of consciousness, our neuromorphic twins, and the human-AI deal" -
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New Review!

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"Learning beyond sensations: how dreams organize neuronal representations" - See Publication

10th Christmas Symposium & Party 2023 - Department of Physiology - Info

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Ben von Hünerbein with "Jingles bells from Chaos" and
Arno Granier with "To believe or not to believe: uncertainty estimation in cortical circuits"
presented Christmas themed talks to keep up with the spirit of the symposium!

Conclusion of the Human Brain Project (HBP)! - Nov. 21-24
Walter Senn presented the work achieved together with the NeuroTMA group (M.A. Petrovici) during the last phase of the HBP (officially ended on Sep. 30). Thus successfully concluded with our partners the review of the HBP by the European Commission.

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SYNCH - New funded Project! - Start: 1.11.2023 / Runtime: 4 years
The collaborative SYNCH project - Combining SYnthetic Biology & Neuromorphic Computing for Chemosensory perception - has been awarded funding from the Volkswagen Foundation as part of the NEXT - Neuromorphic Computing call.
The project partners are our postdoc Kevin Max , together with Jan Steinkühler (CAU Kiel, DE) and Federico Corradi (TU Eindhoven, NL).

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SYNCH will co-design synthetic biological pathways, neuromorphic electronic circuits, and bio-constrained theories of olfactory sensing to create an accurate and efficient perception system for olfaction.
The aim is to realize real-time decoding of biological interactions generated by a range of small molecules through temporal spiking data for fast, distributed, and online chemo-sensing.

International Conference on Neuromorphic, Natural and Physical Computing - Oct. 25-27
- Info

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- Mihai A. Petrovici chaired the Session 3 "Guides from nature: neuroscience, theoretical biology, complex systems"
- Walter Senn gave the keynote "A theoretical physics guide to neuroscience and cognition"
- Kevin Max gave the talk "Learning efficient backprojections cross cortical hierarchies in real time"

Bernstein Conference 2023 - Sep. 26-29 - Info

New Preprint!

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"Precision estimation and second-order prediction errors in cortical circuits" - See Publication

ICANN: Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning - Sep. 26-29 - Info

New Article in PNAS on dendritic multitask learning!

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"NMDA-driven dendritic modulation enables multitask representation learning in hierarchical sensory processing pathways" - See Publication

New Preprint: a normative approach postulating that uncertainty-weighted prediction errors are represented by layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons!

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"Uncertainty-modulated prediction errors in cortical microcircuits" - See Publication

Lab Retreat in Langnau im Emmental - July 5-7

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This year we invited our friends from the Theoretical Neuroscience group and it was another three days of science, brain-storming, sports, cooking and other team building exercises. As always, it was a lot of FUN!!

Manfred-Stärk-Symposium 2023 - Weggis - July. 2-4

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Special symposium on theoretical neuroscience and neuromorphic computation dedicated to our generous benefactor Manfred Stärk and his foundation.

Cortical Computation 60th Birthday Colloquium in Honor of Prof. Walter Senn - June 15

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New Preprint applies the neural least-action principle to motor control!

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"A neuronal least-action principle for real-time learning in cortical circuits" - See Publication

Human Brain Project Summit 2023 - Mar. 28-31 - Info

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COSYNE Conference & Workshop - Mar 9-14 - Info

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Katharina Wilmes presented "Uncertainty-modulated prediction errors in cortical microcircuits" during the workshop session "Top-down interactions in the neocortex: Structure, function, plasticity and models."

New contribution to the Journal of Sleep Research!

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"Feasibility, efficacy, and functional relevance of automated auditory closed-loop suppression of slow-wave sleep in humans" - See Publication

Swiss Computational Neuroscience Retreat 2023 - Feb. 1-3 - Info

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Katharina Wilmes presented
"Uncertainty-modulated prediction errors in cortical microcircuits".


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