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Statistical Inference in the Visual Cortex

The workshop will consist of short presentations, with the main emphasis being on round-table discussions about current issues in understanding visual cortex as implementing statistical inference. Sample issues: necessary ingredients of a generative model for vision, hierarchical extensions, acceptable approximations of a recognition model, correspondence between neural activity and statistical inference, learning and learnability, role of top-down / lateral / recurrent connections, incorporating attention, design of psychophysical / electrophysiological experiments to test theories.


Pietro Berkes (Gatsby)
Mathias Bethge (MPI, Tuebingen)
Sophie Deneve (ENS, CNRS)
Jozsef Fiser (Brandeis)
Mate Lengyel (Collegium Budapest)
Jorg Luecke (Gatsby)
Gergo Orban (Brandeis)
Jonathan Pillow (Gatsby)
Richard Turner (Gatsby)
Louise Whitley (Gatsby)


12-13 June 2007


Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study


Hotel Carlton
10 mins walk from Collegium Budapest.

Room rates (these are discounted prices when you book your room through Collegium Budapest):
Single room: 55 EUR / night
Double room: 65 EUR / night

Travel info

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There is no registration fee. Collegium Budapest covers coffee during sessions and a reception on Tuesday evening. Participants cover all other expenses (flight tickets, accommodation, meals, etc).

Preliminary programme

12 June, Tuesday

08.30-14.00: 20 mins presentation + 10 mins discussion / participant
14.00-16.00: Lunch break
16.00-18.30: Discussions
18.30-19.30: Reception at Collegium Budapest

13 June, Wednesday

08.30-13.30: Discussions
13.30-15.00: Lunch break
15.00-17.30: Discussions
18.00-19.00: Plenary lecture
20.00- : Submergence in Budapest night life...

As you can see, according to the workshop abstract, most of the time will be devoted to discussions. This means that the short presentations of the first morning session will set the themes around which these discussion will be organized. Our aim is to have intensive scientific debate to reveal controversies in the field and, hopefully, reconcile at least some of them.
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