Neural Information and Coding Workshop (NICW)
March 1-4, 2003
To bring together experimental and theoretical neuroscientists for a
small (~70 people) intensive three day workshop. The emphasis will be
on how new experimental and theoretical approaches can be combined to
better understand neural coding. Topics include population coding,
information theoretic analysis of coding, the possible importance of
spike timing in neural transmission, and plasticity.
The format is the same as in previous years: morning sessions from 8-11:30,
break to 5 pm, sessions
from 7-9. Talks will be 35 minutes each, with 15 minutes for
questions (by keeping the group small, we hope to encourage lively
debates). There will also be two evening poster sessions.
Mayank Mehta (MIT)
Peter Latham (Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit)
Snowbird, Utah, about
30 miles from the Salt Lake City airport.
Saturday March 1 (6 pm dinner, followed by an evening session) to
Tuesday, March 4 (all day, including evening until 9 pm), March 4, 2003. There
will be no sessions on Wednesday.
Everyone is encouraged to present a poster. If you plan to
present a poster and would like the abstract included in the program, please
email it to Peter Latham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
February 15, 2003.
If you are interested in presenting
orally, please let us know by
December 1, 2002;
include a title and
a short abstract. Oral presentations with a strong
experimental component will be given preference. To minimize overlap, those who
haven't presented in previous years will be given preference this year.
$425 registration, which includes meals
(dinner on Saturday; breakfast/lunch/dinner Sunday-Tuesday).
Approximately $165/night hotel, including
tax (can accommodate 1-4 people).
Some travel grants will be available; please let us know if you
REGISTRATION AND RESERVATION INFORMATION
The REGISTRATION FEE is collected in a separate account. Please send checks
(payable to "Sorensen Travel")
to the following address, or call to register by credit card (which
will cost you an extra 4%).
You can also call Sorensen Travel for discount airfares; ask for Nancy.
PO Box 930
Del Mar, CA 92014
(800) 874-7522 (toll-free)
(858) 755-0278 (not toll-free)
(858) 755-4272 (fax)
Dec. 1, 2002.
Snowbird, (800) 453-3000 or
(801) 947-8220, or email them at
Three things to keep in mind:
1. Mention that you're with the Neural Information and Coding Workshop.
2. You can (and probably should) book a shuttle from the airport when
you make your reservations. It's $44 round trip.
3. We have the cheap rate through March 7, if you want to stay longer.
Room registration MUST be made no later than
Jan. 5, 2003.
After that the rates skyrocket (think factors of 2).
The conference will be held in the Cliff Lodge, which is right on the
slopes. A car is not necessary, as there's really no place to go and
there's a shuttle from the airport to the Cliff Lodge.
The Cliff Lodge is at about 8000 ft above sea level, and many
people (including those in good physical condition) experience mild to
moderate altitude sickness for the first few days. The prescription
diuretic acetazolamide (Diamox) taken several days prior to arrival
can prevent some of the symptoms. Bring the following paper to your
physician: "High altitude sickness", Medical Letter on Drugs and
Therapeutics, 1992 Sep 4, 34(878):84-6.
For any and all information, contact Mayank Mehta
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