Next Talk

Speaker: Lai-Sang Young
Title: Dynamics of the brain: mathematics meets neuroscience
Date and time: May 6, 1:00 p.m. (light refreshments at 12:45 p.m.)
Venue: WWH 1302


Dynamical systems is the study of time evolutions of processes, natural and engineered, and one of the most fascinating dynamical systems is the brain. This talk is about the visual cortex. From point-to-point representation of visual images, the visual cortex extracts edges, shapes, color, motion etc. — features that enable us to make sense of visual scenes. This complex task is accomplished through the interaction of very large numbers of neurons, which we model individually as relatively simple dynamical systems coupled together to form a large network. In this talk I would like to (1) give you a flavor of the dynamics describing the interaction between local excitatory and inhibitory populations, and (2) discuss a little piece of modeling work in which my collaborators and I tried to reconcile experimental evidence with some prevailing ideas in theoretical neuroscience, namely the feedforward picture of orientation selectivity in the monkey (or human) visual cortex.

About this seminar

This seminar is meant to benefit young mathematicians, particularly graduate students and postdocs.
It aims to accomplish the following: The research talks should be fairly introductory and accessible to students and non-specialists in the audience.

Schedule Spring 2016

February 12

Speaker: David Kelly
Title:Data assimilation in high dimensions

March 25

Speaker: Zineb Hassainia
Title:Existence of rotating vortex patches for inviscid flows

April 8

Speaker: Zsolt Pajor-Gyulai
Title:On the averaging principle of Freidlin and Wentzell and its refinement along trajectories containing saddle points.

April 15

Speaker: Boyce Griffith
Title:Special AMS Seminar for Charlie Peskin's 70th birthday : History of the immersed boundary method

April 22

Speaker: Oded Regev
Title:Lattices and a Reverse Minkowski Conjecture

April 29

Speaker: Ein-Ya Gura
Title:Insights into Game Theory: An Alternative Mathematical Experience

May 6

Speaker: Lai-Sang Young
Title:Dynamics of the brain: mathematics meets neuroscience

Contact Info

If you would like to give a talk or ask a question about the seminar, please contact one of the seminar organizers:

Monty Essidessid [at] cims [dot] nyu [dot] edu
Alex Kaiserkaiser [at] cims [dot] nyu [dot] edu
Reza Gheissarireza [at] cims [dot] nyu [dot] edu
Guillaume Dubachdubach [at] cims [dot] nyu [dot] edu

Previous semesters

Fall 2015 schedule

Spring 2015 schedule

Fall 2014 schedule

Spring 2014 schedule

Fall 2013 schedule

Spring 2013 schedule

Fall 2012 schedule

Spring 2013 schedule

Fall 2011 schedule

Spring 2011 schedule

Descriptions of earlier talks are here.

Department of Mathematics
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University
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