Columbia Workshop on Brain Circuits, Memory and Computation 2019

BCMC 2019
March 21-22, 2019
Center for Neural Engineering and Computation
Columbia University, New York, NY, USA


The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in developing executable models of neural computation/processing of the brain of model organisms. Of interest are models of computation that consist of elementary units of processing using brain circuits and memory elements. Elementary units of computation/processing include population encoding/decoding circuits with biophysically-grounded neuron models, non-linear dendritic processors for motion detection/direction selectivity, spike processing and pattern recognition neural circuits, movement control and decision-making circuits, etc. Memory units include models of spatio-temporal memory circuits, circuit models for memory access and storage, etc. A major aim of the workshop is to explore the integration of various sensory and control circuits in higher brain centers.

A Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon is being conducted in conjunction with the workshop. Workshop participants are welcome to attend the hackathon.

Organizer and Program Chair

Aurel A. Lazar, Columbia University


Registration is free but all participants have to register. Thank you!

Lodging and Directions to Venue

Please follow this link for lodging details and directions to the hotel and venue.


The 2019 Columbia Workshop on Brain Circuits, Memory and Computation is supported by the

Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

Center for Computing Systems for Data-Driven Science, Data Science Institute, Columbia University

School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University

Invited Speakers

Anton Arkhipov, Allen Institute of Brain Science.

Richard Benton, Center for Integrative Genomics, University of Lausanne.

Benjamin L. de Bivort, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.

Kristin Branson, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Gwyneth Card, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Kevin M. Franks, Department of Neurobiology, Duke University.

Paul A. Garrity, Department of Biology, Brandeis University.

Stephen F. Goodwin, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford.

Tim Jarsky, Allen Institute of Brain Science.

Karla Kaun, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University.

Gero A. Miesenboeck, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford.

Venkatesh N. Murthy, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University.

Stephan Saalfeld, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Louis Scheffer, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Srinivas C. Turaga, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Past BCMC workshops

BCMC 2018

BCMC 2017

BCMC 2016

BCMC 2015