Workshop on Brain, Computation, and Learning @ Faculty Hall

Location: Faculty Hall

January 9 – 13, 2017
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Venue: Faculty Hall

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2nd workshop on Computational Brain Research
January 3-7 2017, IIT Madras

Pratiksha Trust, Bangalore
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Computational approaches to understanding brain function form an important and growing area of interdisciplinary research. These approaches and associated techniques have acted as a melting pot for researchers from disparate disciplines to come together and address one of the grandest challenges of the 21st century. The grandness of the challenge and the requirement on diverse forms of expertise has deemed that such endeavors require synergistic interactions among neurobiologists, electrical engineers and computer scientists. Over the
past decade or two, neurobiologists have made significant conceptual advances in our understanding of the brain through technical breakthroughs that have yielded unprecedented opportunities to gather large-scale structural and functional data. On the other hand, over the same period, electrical engineers and computer scientists have developed exceptional tools to address questions in machine learning and data analytics, tools that are not only helpful in emulating brain function, but also are radically transforming many applications in information and communication technologies. This workshop on Brain Computation and Learning is aimed at creating this useful dialogue between neurobiologists, electrical engineers and computer scientists and educating research students of each area with relevant topics of the other.

A prominent goal of this workshop is to promote synergistic interactions among neurobiologists and computer scientists. The workshop would allow young researchers to understand the diverse themes of research and appreciate the close relationships between these apparently distinct themes.

This workshop is funded by a generous endowment from the Pratiksha Trust, which has been promoting fundamental and translational neuroscience research within the country through the establishment of research centres and chair professorships at IISc Bangalore and IIT Madras.

S. P. Arun, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Venkatesh Babu, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Upinder Bhalla, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore
Arnab Bhattacharyya, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Yves Boubenec, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Sridharan Devarajan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Ambedkar Dukkipati, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Hynek Hermansky, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Vasant Honavar, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
C. V. Jawahar, Intl Inst of Information Technology, Hyderabad
Stéphane Mallat, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau
Nima Mesgarani, Columbia University, New York
Pratik Mutha, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
Rishikesh Narayanan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Srdjan Ostojic, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Balaraman Ravindran, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
Maneesh Sahani, University College London
Christoph Schreiner, University of California, San Francisco
Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Shihab Shamma, The University of Maryland, College Park
Sujit Sikdar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Partha Talukdar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


The workshop is open to Masters and PhD students, postdocs and faculty working in Neuroscience, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and related areas. Exceptionally motivated undergraduate students would also be considered for participation. Selected participants will be reimbursed travel, stay, and boarding costs.


S.P.Arun, IISc
Arnab Bhattacharyya, IISc
Rishikesh Narayanan, IISc
P.S. Sastry, IISc (Chair)
Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula, IISc
Shihab Shamma, University of Maryland
Partha Pratim Talukdar, IISc