Seminar Computational Intelligence C (708.113)

WS 2009/10

Institut für Grundlagen der Informationsverarbeitung (708)

O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Maass

Office hours: by appointment (via e-mail)


Location: IGI-seminar room, Inffeldgasse 16b/I, 8010 Graz
Date: starting on 5th of October 2009, 4.15 p.m. (Note that the organization meeting is on Monday, the seminar will later always take place on Thursdays)

Content of the seminar:

Content: Students will present some of the most important new results in computational neuroscience and machine learning from the research literature of the last few years. Suggestions for papers will be posted before the first meeting on October 1, where most of the talks will be assigned. If you cannot attend that organization meeting, send email to Wolfgang Maass.


25.11. (Wednesday !!!) at 16:15
-- Bernhard Nessler on publications by Sophie Deneve regarding probabilistic inference in networks of spiking neurons, PDF

-- Gerhard Neumann on new robot learning approaches by Stefan Schaal, PDF

-- Johannes Bill onNoise in the nervous system
Faisal AA, Selen LPJ & Wolpert DM
Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9(4), 2008, 292-303, PDF

-- Lars Büsing on
Yu, AJ & Dayan, P (2004)
Inference, attention, and decision in a Bayesian neural architecture, PDF

-- Gregor Hörzer on
Generating Coherent Patterns of Activity from Chaotic Neural Networks
D Sussillo, LF Abbott, Neuron 2009
and possibly additional material from the Phd thesis of Sussillo

-- Dejan Pecevski on
Gütig R, Sompolinsky H, 2009 Time-Warp Invariant Neuronal Processing. PLoS Biology 7(7): e1000141. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000141
available at:

12.1. (Tuesday) 16:15- 18:00
-- Stefan Klampfl on
P. J. Sjöström and M. Häusser. A cooperative switch determines the sign of synaptic plasticity in distal dendrites of neocortical pyramidal neurons. Neuron, 51:227-238, 2006, PDF

-- Klaus Schuch on
Boosting of action potential backpropagation by neocortical network activity in vivo
J Waters, F Helmchen - Journal of Neuroscience, 2004, PDF


14.1. (begin at 16:15)
-- Stefan Haeusler on
Structured priors for structure learning

VK Mansinghka, C Kemp, JB Tenenbaum, TL
(+ Wolfgang Maass on MCMC sampling of Bayesian networks), PDF


19.1. (Tuesday) 16:15-18:00
-- Michael Unger on
In vivo calcium imaging of neural network function

W Gobel, F Helmchen - Physiology, 2007, PDF

21.1. (usual time, at 16.15)
-- Maria Schag on
Pastor, P.;Hoffmann, H.;Asfour, T.;Schaal, S. (2009). Learning and generalization of motor skills by learning from demonstration, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2009).

-- Robert Legenstein on
Scott, S.H., (2008) Inconvenient Truths about neural processing in primary motor cortex. The Journal of Physiology Vol 586.5 pp1217–1224, PDF



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