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Feed-forward and feedback processing: anatomy, function and physiology, at the EITN, Paris

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Lyon Active inference Workshop 2016

published on July 8, 2016

The idea that biological systems operate according to Bayesian principles has gained increased interest in recent years. The Lyon Active Inference Workshop (LAW) intends to bring together a large number of scientists who are interested in Bayesian theories of the brain. Active inference encompasses and extends the Bayesian brain hypothesis, offering a unifying perspective on hierarchical cortical organization, embodied cognition and neural function in health and pathology.

During the three days’ workshop, leading scientists will present their work covering theoretical and applied aspects of active inference in neurosciences and beyond. The first day (12 October) will be dedicated to a gentle introduction to Bayesian probability, predictive coding and active inference. The two following days (13-14 October) will be organized around talks addressing different aspects that can be approached under active inference: cortical organization, perception, action, learning, decision making, affect, computational psychiatry, brain-computer interfaces and robotics.

The first day (Wednesday) introductory course on Active Inference will take place at a location yet to be confirmed. During the two following days (Thursday and Friday), talks will be held at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon.

Registration will proceed on a first-come, first-served manner with priority given to Labex CORTEX and PACE members. Please pre-register as soon as possible by following this link which also contains additional information including a provisional program:

The LAW 2016 is organized by the LabEx CORTEX and the Innovative Training Network PACE.

The organizing committee:
Rick Adams (IRIS, UCL, London, UK)
Jennifer Beneyton (LabEx CORTEX manager, Lyon, France)
Mateus Joffily (GATE, CNRS, Lyon, France)
Kenneth Knoblauch (SBRI, Inserm, Lyon, France)
Jérémie Mattout (CRNL, Inserm, Lyon, France)
Anna Montagnini (INT, CNRS, Marseille, France)
Laurent Perrinet (INT, CNRS, Marseille, France)

5th meeting on Computational Properties of the Prefrontal Cortex

published on March 4, 2016

August 29-31, 2016, Lyon, France

This is a small, highly interactive conference about prefrontal cortex focusing on its computational role. We are concerned with questions such as: What is it that prefrontal cortex (PFC) neurons encode?  How do they encode it?  How is that information transformed within prefrontal networks?


We welcome participants with any approach who are passionate about pursuing prefrontal and cingulate functions from empirical and computational perspectives.

The meeting will provide ample time for open discussions and also slots for short talks. Posters and data blitz sessions for trainees will also be proposed.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)

    Role of Prefrontal and Anterior Cingulate Cortex
    Effects of frontal lesions
    Decision Making, Foraging, Exploration
    Emotional Regulation, Social behaviours
    Selectivity, interactions, and Information processing and dynamics in PFC
    Interactions Between Prefrontal Cortex and Other Structures

Organizing comittee

    Bruno Averbeck
    Daniel Durstewitz
    David Euston
    Clay Holroyd
    Mark Laubach
    Emmanuel Procyk
    Jeremy Seamans

Local Organizers

Emmanuel Procyk, Suliann Ben Hamed, Charles R. Wilson


Funding and logistic help for this workshop is generously provided by Inserm (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale) and LabEx CORTEX.