Gordon Research Conference on Sensory Coding and the Natural Environment

September 5-10, 2004

Queen's College

Oxford, UK

 

Chair: Bruno Olshausen

Vice Chairs: Jack Gallant & Michael Lewicki

 

This conference brought together researchers from diverse disciplines to discuss the statistical structure of natural scenes, and how nervous systems exploit these statistics to form useful representations of the environment. Topics included sensory neurophysiology, perceptual psychology, and the mathematics of signal statistics, applied to a variety of sensory modalities and organisms.

 

In addition to the Swartz Foundation, funding for this conference was provided by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Redwood Neuroscience Institute.

 

SUNDAY

2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Arrival and check-in 

6:00 pm  Dinner

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Keynote Session

 

 

Discussion Leader: Bruno Olshausen (UC Davis/RNI)

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Horace Barlow (Cambridge University)

"Changing ideas about what the brain computes and how it does it"

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm David Field (Cornell University)

"New Attempts at a Unified Theory of Sensory Coding: Why Ecology Provides Hope"

 

MONDAY

7:45 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm Sensory Coding in Vertebrates

9:00 am - 9:20 am Discussion Leader: Mike Berry (Princeton University)

9:20 am - 10:00 am Jason Puchalla (Princeton University)

"Parallel Visual Channels and Redundancy in the Retina"

10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion

10:10 am - 10:40 am Coffee Break

 

10:40 am - 11:20 am  Charles Gray (Montana State University, Bozeman)

"Multi-Neuron Dynamics in Visual Cortex in Response to Time-Varying Natural Scenes"

11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Matthew Diamond (SISSA, Trieste, Italy)

"Neuronal basis of texture sensation in the rat whisker system"

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

12:45 pm  Lunch / Photo

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time

 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  Poster Session 

6:00 pm  Dinner

 

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Psychophysics and Behavior

7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Discussion Leader: Bill Geisler (University of Texas, Austin)

7:50 pm - 8:30 pm Ted Adelson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

"Image statistics of materials and surface"

8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion

8:40 pm - 9:20 pm Tom Troscianko (Bristol)

"Encoding of chromatic content of natural scenes"

9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion

TUESDAY

7:45 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm Image Statistics and Coding

9:00 am - 9:20 am Discussion Leader: Mike Lewicki (Carnegie Mellon University)

9:20 am - 10:00 am Song Chun Zhu (University of California, Los Angeles)

"From Scaling Laws of Natural Images to Regimes of Image Models"

10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion

10:10 am - 10:40 am Coffee Break

10:40 am - 11:20 am  Eero Simoncelli (New York University)

"Statistical Image Models: Empirical Construction and Validation"

11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Daniel Osorio (Bristol)

"The ecology of color vision"

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time

 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session

 

6:00 pm Dinner

 

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Receptive Fields

7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Discussion Leader: Shihab Shamma (University of Maryland)

7:50 pm - 8:30 pm Stephen David (UC Berkeley)

"Nonlinear neurons and natural vision"

8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion

8:40 pm - 9:20 pm Jennifer Linden / Mahneesh Sahani (UCSF)

"Linearity and nonlinearity in auditory cortical responses"

9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion

WEDNESDAY

7:45 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm  Physiology of High-Level Vision

9:00 am - 9:20 am Discussion Leader: Jack Gallant (UC Berkeley)

9:20 am - 10:00 am Ed Rolls (Oxford University)

"Encoding in the inferior temporal visual cortex during the perception of natural scenes"

10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion

10:10 am - 10:40 am Coffee Break

10:40 am - 11:20 am Jamie Mazer (UC Berkeley)

"Natural scenes and natural eye movements: Salience maps in V4"

11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Rafael Malach (Weizmann Institute)

"Deciphering human brain activity during natural sensory stimulation"

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session

6:00 pm Dinner

 

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Invertebrate Vision

7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Discussion Leader: Hans van Hateren (University of Groningen)

7:50 pm - 8:30 pm Martin Egelhaaf (University of Bielefield)

"Neural encoding of behaviourally relevant information by the blowfly visual system"

8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion

8:40 pm - 9:20 pm M.V. Srinivasan (Australian National University, Canberra)

"Making a beeline for the food: Recent progress in understanding honeybee flight and navigation"

9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion

THURSDAY

7:45 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

 

9:00 am - 12:30 pm Animal Communication

9:00 am - 9:20 am Discussion Leader: Frederic Theunissen (UC Berkeley)

9:20 am - 10:00 am Jag Kanwal (Georgetown University)

"Mapping Acoustic Communication Signals within Cortical Activity"

10:00 am - 10:10 am Discussion

10:10 am - 10:40 am Coffee Break

10:40 am - 11:20 am Sarah Wooley (UC Berkeley)

"Linear models of auditory tuning in songbird neurons reveal efficient coding of vocalizations"

11:20 am - 11:30 am Discussion

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Carl Hopkins (Cornell University)

"Structure in Electric Communication Signals of fish"

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Free Time

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Poster Session

6:00 pm Dinner

 

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Active Sensing

7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Discussion Leader: Pam Reinagel (University of California, San Diego)

7:50 pm - 8:30 pm Ehud Ahissar (Weizmann)

"Active sensing in Vibrissa Somatosensation"

8:30 pm - 8:40 pm Discussion

8:40 pm - 9:20 pm Peter Konig (Universitat Osnabruck, Germany)

"Mechanisms of overt visual attention under natural conditions"

9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion

FRIDAY

7:45 am - 8:30 am Breakfast

9:00 am  Departure

 

Meeting concludes

 





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