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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Computational Neurodynamics Seminar, "Neural field models", Wed 23rd Nov 2011, Imperial College, LONDON
Title: Neural field models Speaker: Etienne Roesch, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading Wednesday 23rd November - 16:00-17:30 - Room 343, Huxley Building, South Kensington campus, Imperial College, London, SW7 2A, UK. Abstract: Most of computational neuroscience focuses on cell-level systems, like the physiological particulars that together give rise to a particular electro-chemical behaviour, or the dynamics at play in networks of cells. Very rarely do we see convincing attempts at modelling higher-level neural systems, and even more rarely do we see attempts at bridging the microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic levels typically used to describe the workings of the brain. In this talk, I will introduce neural field models, as a potential tool for bridging these levels of perspectives, and render explicit hypotheses that can be tested with EEG, fMRI and coupled EEG-fMRI. I will review a number of successes and discuss issues that may arise. Etienne Roesch is currently a postdoc in the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), at the University of Reading. The EPSRC project he is working on aims at constructing forward and inverse models of coupled EEG-fMRI, using biologically plausible neural field models. Before starting in CINN, he was the recipient of a Fellowship for Prospective Researchers, awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation, which he used to join Prof. Murray Shanahan's Cognitive Robotics group at Imperial College London. During this time, he contributed to the development of NeMo, a modelling platform for spiking neurons using GPUs. Roesch completed his doctoral studies at the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, at the University of Geneva, under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Scherer and Prof. David Sander. His research aimed at characterizing the unfolding of attentional resources to the processing of emotion-laden information. He employed a number of experimental paradigms, including the modulation of the attentional blink, and tailored psychophysical paradigms to assess the minimum display duration necessary to make a correct gender decision on emotional faces. Before his doctoral studies, Roesch was an RA in Prof. Diego Pizzagalli's Affective Neuroscience Lab, at Harvard University. And before that, he completed studies in cognitive science (BSc, MSc), and computer science (BSc).