Inference and prediction in neocortical circuits

September 21 to September 24, 2003

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California

organized by

Jeff Hawkins and Bruno Olshausen

Original Announcement

This workshop This workshop, sponsored by AIM, the NSF, and the Redwood Neuroscience Institute (RNI) will be devoted to working toward an understanding of inference and prediction in neocortical circuits. The cerebral cortex is responsible for most of our conscious experience, yet we remain largely ignorant of the principles underlying its function despite progress on many fronts of neuroscience. The principal reason for this is not a lack of data, but rather the absence of a solid theoretical framework for motivating experiments and interpreting findings. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists in order to work towards a theoretical framework for neocortical function.

Material from the workshop

A list of participants.

The workshop schedule.

A report on the workshop activities.

Workshop Materials:

  1. How does human vision make good perceptual guesses about objects?
  2. Anatomical Substrates for Functional Responses of Neurons in the Primate Visual Cerebral Cortex
  3. Breakthroughs in Brain Computing
  4. A saliency map in primary visual cortex
  5. Different Functional Roles of Feedback and Horizontal Connnections
  6. Distributed Syncrhony
  7. Helmholtz Inference in Early Vision Areas
  8. Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Inference
  9. Synaptic Integration in the Early Visual Pathway
  10. Resonance Prediction and Priors
  11. Notes from Breakout Session I
  12. Notes from Breakout Session II