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Computations in Consciousness and Perception

Our brains are constituted by billions of interconnected neurons which mediate complex cognitive processes such as perception, memory, decision-making and ultimately also consciousness. The way in which these mental operations are implemented –or rather, emerge from –the electrical activity of the neural networks in our brain is regarded as one of the greatest mysteries of our time. To match such an intimidating task, modern neuroscientists employ the latest experimental techniques to study human and non-human brains in combination with cutting edge computational methods, from AI and advanced data analysis techniques to detailed computational models of brain dynamics and cognitive functions. Current computational neuroscience techniques are being used to dissect the mechanisms used by our brains to, for example, perceive objects through a combination of senses, navigate through our environment, make decisions in context-dependent situations, and experience the world through the glass of our self-aware perspective.

Organised by
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
The Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center
The University of Amsterdam

Coordinated by
Jorge Mejias, Simon van Gaal, Cyriel Pennartz

Dates
June 20th 2022 – July 1st 2022

Location
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The 2022 ABC Summer School will present the selected students with the opportunity to dive into these topics during a 12-day full-time programme, from the hand of world-renowned experts from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and AI. Lectures from local, national and international experts will be complemented by hands-on workshops and tutorials, where students will learn to apply some of the contents covered in the lectures aided by experienced tutors. The School will wrap up with a Symposia on ‘Computations in Consciousness and Perception’ with distinguished lecturers and the participation of students, lecturers and tutors.

Confirmed speakers

  • Sander Bohte, Center for Mathematics and Informatics, the Netherlands
  • Gustavo Deco, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
  • Athena Demertzi, University of Liege, Belgium
  • Simon van Gaal, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Matthew Larkum, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Marcello Massimini, University of Milan, Italy
  • Lucia Melloni, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • Jorge Mejias, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Cyriel Pennartz, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Walter Senn, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Claire Sergent, NeuroSpin, France
  • Christopher Summerfield, University of Oxford, UK
  • Iris Groen, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Location

The ABC Summer School will take place at different locations across the city of Amsterdam. Several workshops and other activities will be hosted at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences.

Who can apply

The School is open to local and international students, with students from the Master in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam having a preference for allocation. Students will be able to take this School for credits (4 ECTS). The official language of the School, including all lectures and activities, will be English.

Fees, application process and deadlines

Students who are enrolled in an EU Master's programme will be credited with 4 ECTS upon successful completion of the ABC Summer School. They can participate in the ABC Summer School and join the closing ABC Symposium free of charge. For non-EU students or interested others who are not currently enrolled in a Master's programme, a fee of 395 euros applies. This fee covers both the ABC Summer School and the ABC Symposium.

Registration

Registration was possible until 1 May. 

Contact

For any questions regarding the programme, please contact the School coordinators via summerschool-iis@uva.nl

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 4 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in June