Updated on 26 May 2023

Link for OCNC2023Timetable, Weekly program(Week1, Week2, Week3), Tutor assignment

Link for OIST Seaside House Floor Map / Facility

  • All the lectures take place in the Seminar Room, OIST Seaside House unless otherwise indicated.
  • Meetings with faculty take place in Meeting room 2
  • Student Lounge on 2F: Please feel free to use the space if there is no one(OIST group) inside.

Week 1 (June 19-24) : Methods

Opening sessions: Monday 19

  • Greetings from the organizer(Tomoki Fukai), Parallel Session by Sungho Hong(OIST) and Izumi Fukunaga(OIST)
  • Student poster presentations (14:00-15:30 Group1 / 15:30-17:00 Group2)
    • Please prepare a poster of your current/recent work.
    • Size : A0-A1, Dimension:  W841mm x H1,189mm, Orientation : portrait
    • Posters will be hung at the entrance hall of the seaside house through the course period.


  • Tuesday 20(9:30-12:30): "Neural network modeling of cognitive functions", Tomoki Fukai (OIST)
  • Wednesday 21(14:00-17:00): Bernd Kuhn (OIST)
    • 1) Ion channel physiology and the Hodgkin-Huxley model of neuronal activity
    • 2) Functional optical imaging
  • Thursday 22(9:30-12:30): "Introduction to reinforcement learning and Bayesian inference", Kenji Doya (OIST)
  • Friday 23(14:00-17:00): "Introduction to modeling neurons", Erik De Schutter (OIST)
  • Saturday 24(14:00-17:00): "Modeling biochemical reactions, diffusion and reaction-diffusion systems", Erik De Schutter (OIST)


Tuesday 14
• 14:00-15:00  Introduction of the tutors

Week 2 (June 26- July 1): Neurons, Networks and Behavior 1


  • Monday 26: "Manifolds of brain activity dynamics and dimensionality estimation", Prof. Gerald Pao (OIST)
  • Tuesday 27: "The Neuron as a Network: Dendritic and Synaptic Computation through Molecules and Ions", Prof. Upinder Bhalla (NCBS, India)
  • Thursday 29: "Introduction to hippocampal memory and its representation", Prof. Kazumasa Tanaka (OIST)
  • Friday 30: "Why do we sleep?", Prof. Samuel Reiter (OIST)
  • Saturday 01: "Features of synaptic strength regulation", Prof. Yukiko Goda (OIST)

Online lecture

  • Wednesday 28(16:00-18:00), Prof. Claudia Clopath (Imperial College London, UK)

Campus visit

  • Thursday 29 (14:15-17:00), organized by Bernd Kuhn, OIST.
    • We will leave for OIST Main campus by the shuttle bus at 14:20pm.

Week 3 (July 3-6): Neurons, Networks and Behavior 2


  • Monday 03, "Title Dynamical analysis of neuronal excitability", Steve Prescott (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Tuesday 04, "Dendritic computation ", Mike Häusser (University College London, UK)
  • Wednesday 05, "The Free Energy Principle: A Neurobiological Generative AI?", Rosalyn Moran (King's College London, UK)
  • Thursday 06, "Introduction to neural connectivity mapping", Jinny Kim (KIST, South Korea)

Thursday, 6 June: Final presentation by Students(14:00-17:00)

Faculty-Students meetings

  • Kenji Doya (OIST): Monday 26 June, 14:00-16:00