2011 Summer School in Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience
(CoSMo 2011)


CoSMo 2011 was a great success !!! Thank you all for participating!


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We are pleased to announce the 2011 Summer School in Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience (CoSMo 2011). This unique summer school focusses on computational techniques integrating the multi-disciplinary nature of sensory-motor neuroscience through combined empirical-theoretical teaching modules. KingstonAttendants will become familiar with fundamental modelling techniques and their applications to sensory-motor neuroscience. These techniques will be embedded into teaching modules linking theory and empirical findings in areas such as decision making, limb motor control, eye-head coordination, sensory processing, attention and learning.

Dates: August 7-21, 2011
Location: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The summer school will last for 2 weeks (including Saturdays). There will be morning lectures including paper discussions of the previous day’s topic. Hands-on Matlab programming and simulation sessions will be organized in the afternoon aimed at solidifying the concepts taught in the morning. The latter are in the format of tutorials supervised by the morning lecturers and local faculty/postdocs. Students will work in pairs during the afternoon sessions. An effort will be made to match up students with and without mathematical and/or programming backgrounds.

Queen'sThis summer school is directed at graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, including Life Sciences, Psychology, Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering. We will also accept highly motivated outstanding under-graduate students. There are no formal prerequisites, but basic knowledge in calculus, linear algebra, neuroscience and the Matlab simulation environment is expected. Enrolment will be limited to 40 participants.

The school is organized by Dr Gunnar Blohm, the Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet) and the Queen's University Centre for Neuroscience Studies. It receives funding from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) via an NSERC-CREATE training grant on "Computational Approaches to Sensorimotor Transformations for the Control of Actions", from Queen's University Office of Research Services and from MITACS via the Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM).

Important dates

May 15, 2011: Application due, including letters of reference (extended deadline!)
May 20, 2011: Notification of acceptance
June 15, 2011: Confirmation of participation of selected applicants and registration payment