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Exploring large populations of neurons

  • The Graduate Center, CUNY (The Science Center, Rm 4102) 365 5th Ave. New York, NY 10016 USA (map)

Physics and biology intersect on many scales, from the internal motions of single molecules to the collective motions of animal groups, and from the sub-picosecond dynamics of the initial events in photosynthesis to the multigenerational dynamics of evolutionary change. In these three symposia we highlight recent progress, and current challenges, in the search for a physicists’ understanding of living systems. Lectures include ample time for interruptions and discussion, hopefully bringing both novices and experts to the frontier of the subject.

Measuring and understanding the brain’s model of the external world
Loren Frank, University of California at San Francisco and HHMI

The intrinsic neuronal dynamics of a canonical cognitive circuit
Ila Fiete, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Between chaos and functionality in the dynamics of large networks
Fred Wolf, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

RG-inspired approaches to the analysis of real neural networks
William Bialek, Princeton University and The CUNY Graduate Center

Events begin at 9:30 AM with coffee and bagels, and conclude a bit after 6 PM.
Lunch will be served. For more information see

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University.