UW’s annual Neural Computation and Engineering Connection is returning for an in-person event this year, taking place May 5-6, 2022. All speakers will be in-person. Talks will be streamed to accommodate those unable to attend live. Talks this year will include keynotes from Randy McIntosh (Simon Fraser), Kanaka Rajan (Mt. Sinai), and Karel Svoboda (Allen Institute for Brain Science); talks from UW faculty, postdocs, and grad students; a poster session and a panel on neuroethics.

More information on the schedule will be available closer to the date. Registration is free but required.

Registration is available at https://forms.gle/kPcmv1biCm1H5eRo6

Please reach out to Jessica Huszar with any questions.

NCEC 2022 Schedule

May 5, 2022 – HUB 334

11:15 – 12:30 Poster session and lunch (in HUB 332, next door to main room)
12:40 – 1:40 Student and postdoc talks
12:40 – 12:55 Ryan Vogt (Shilzerman lab)

“Lyapunov-guided interpretation and optimization of Recurrent Neural Network

12:55 – 1:10 Helena Liu (Shea-Brown lab)

“Beyond accuracy: robustness and generalization properties of biologically plausible
learning rules”

1:10 – 1:25 Pavithra Rajeswaran (Orsborn lab)

“Credit assignment in BCI learning with decoder adaptation “

1:25 – 1:40 Woon Ju Park (Fine lab)

“How do early blind individuals experience auditory motion?”

1:40 – 1:50 Break
1:50 – 2:05 David Ottenheimer (Steinmetz and Stuber labs)

“Parsing cue-reward coding across mouse prefrontal, motor, and olfactory cortex”

2:05 – 2:20 John Kruper (Rokem lab)

“Effects of aging on tissue properties of the optic radiations, and how this differs with

2:20 – 2:35 Aryaman Gala (Yazdan-Shahmorad lab)

“Probing the mechanisms behind stimulation-induced neuroprotection and plasticity
after ischemic stroke “

2:35 – 2:50 Ezgi Yucel (Fine lab)

“Factors affecting perceptual threshold and spatial resolution in Argus II patients”

2:50 – 3:05 Maneeshika Madduri (Orsborn and Burden labs)

“Co-adaptive Myoelectric Interfaces for Continuous Control”

3:05 – 3:20 Break
3:20 – 4:20 Plenary talk: Randy McIntosh, Simon Fraser University

“Evolution of a multiscale modeling approach in neuroscience”

4:20 – 5:15 Ethics Panel
9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 Plenary talk: Kanaka Rajan, Mt. Sinai

“Curriculum learning as a tool to probe learning rules in artificial and biological brains”

10:30 – 11:00 Anitha Pasupathy (Biological Structure)

“Dissecting visual-frontal cortical interactions during perceptual behavior”

11:00 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 11:40 Praveen Venkatesh (Shanahan Fellow)

“Quantifying Inter-areal Interactions using the Gaussian Partial Information Decomposition”

11:40 – 12:10 Marina Garrett (Allen Institute for Brain Science)

“Novelty has diverse effects on coding by cortical disinhibitory circuits”

12:10 – 1:10 Lunch
1:10 – 2:10 Plenary talk: Julie Harris, Cajal Neuroscience

“Drug Discovery based on Neuroanatomical Insights”

2:10 – 2:30 Monica Liu (Shanahan Fellow)

“Population analyses of mouse hippocampus and visual cortex during repeated visual stimulation”

2:30 – 2:50 Ryan Raut (Shanahan Fellow)

“Arousal, allostasis, and the spatiotemporal regulation of brain function”

2:50 – 3:10 Break
3:10 – 3:30 Ali Weber (Daniel and Brunton labs)

“Sensing in Flight: Neural encoding and wing structure interact to shape sensory information”

3:30 – 4:00 Edgar Walker (Physiology and Biophysics)

“Probing the sensory representation in the visual cortex with deep learning models “

4:00 – 5:00 Plenary talk: Karel Svoboda, Allen Institute for Brain Science

“Brain-wide and cell type-specific analysis of neural dynamics”

5:00 – 6:30 Closing reception