The 8th annual computational and systems neuroscience (Cosyne) meeting
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The 8th annual Computational and Systems Neuroscience meeting (Cosyne) was held February 24-27, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah (abstracts are freely available online: http://www.cosyne.org/c/index.php?title=Cosyne2011_Program webcite). Cosyne brings together experimental and theoretical approaches to systems neuroscience, with the goal of understanding neurons, neural assemblies, and the perceptual, cognitive and behavioral functions they mediate. The range of questions available to systems and computational neuroscience has grown substantially in recent years, with both theoretical and experimental approaches driven by the increasing availability of data about neural circuits and systems. The Cosyne meeting has reflected this growth, nearly doubling in size since the first meeting in 2004, to a new record of nearly 600 attendees this year. It remains single-track, which allows discussions of presentations to drive scientific interaction between attendees with diverse backgrounds. Poster sessions take place each evening, which provide a forum for intense scientific conversations that frequently spill out into more informal settings late at night. The meeting is followed by two days of workshops, held at the Snowbird ski resort, which feature more specialized talks and interactive discussions on a wide collection of topics, this year ranging from consciousness and compressed sensing to dynamics, learning, and perception.
1 Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA -- 2 Departments of Psychology and Neurobiology, Center for Perceptual Systems, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin USA