Progress in Neural Field Theory 2012

We are pleased to announce the second CINN Neural Fields Conference, held April 19-21, 2012, at the University of Reading, UK. The conference is sponsored by the CINN, with the support of the EPSRC.



Neural Computation and Neural Field Theory is a growing and very active area of research with important applications in medicine and technology. Activities range from numerical simulation of large-scale discretised neural fields to analytical treatment of neural field equations by means of functional analysis, from modeling and identification of cognitive and psychological processes in a neural environment to building natural or artificial devices. The community includes researchers from medicine, psychology, physics, mathematics and engineering, where ideas from different fields lead to a truly interdisciplinary and highly catalyzing environment. On this background the Reading Conferences on Neural Field Theory contribute to the further development and shaping of the community by bringing together well-known and young researchers in an inspiring mixture of tutorials, special sessions and invited talks by leaders in the field.


Call for posters

Attendees are invited to submit posters describing their research. A selection of these posters will be made available throughout the conference, and presented in a dedicated session. Furthermore there will be a contributed talks session whereby researchers have the opportunity to present their work. Interested researchers should submit a title and an abstract for both the contributed talks and posters to Natalie Lowery, or Alexander Moodey, by March 19th, midnight.



 Thursday, 19th April, 2012  
 09:00 Opening
 09:15 Invited talk: Olivier Faugeras
 10:00 Coffee
 10:30 Special 1
"Bumps and special solutions in NFT"
 Special 2
"Stochastic methods in NFT"
   Faye  Buckwar
   Oleynik  Hutt
   Svanstedt  Riedler
   Coombes  Wainrib
 12:30 Lunch 
 14:15 Invited talk: Will Penny
 15:00 Coffee
 15:30 Tutorial afternoon
   Peter beim Graben - "Biophysics of Neural Fields"
   Stephen Coombes -  "The Mathematics of Neural Field Theory"
   Roland Potthast -  "Inverse Methods for Neural Field Theory" 
 Friday, 20th April, 2012 
 09:15 Invited talk: Viktor Jirsa 
 10:00 Coffee 
 10:30 Special 3
"Cognitive Architectures in Dynamic FT"
Special 4
"Quantitative Applications in NFT"
   Schöner  Hugues
   Johnson  Kilpatrick
   Sandamirskaya  Robinson
   Beim Graben  Spiegler
 12:30 Lunch 
 14:15 Invited talk: Zachary Kilpatrick 
 15:00 Coffee 
 15:30 Contributed talks 
 19:00  Conference dinner 
 Satuday, 21th April, 2012  
 09:15 Invited talk: Ying Zheng  
 10:00 Coffee  
 10:30 Special 5
"Networks in the Barrel Cortex:
Connectivity and FLP electrogenesis"
 Special 6
"Dynamics and Cognition"
   Dercksen  Pinotsis
   Frohlich  Beierholm
   Lindén  Micheli
   Wilson  Huys
 12:30 Lunch  
 14:15 Invited talk: Ingo Bojak  
 15:15 Finish  



  • Kelly Sloan (Univ. Reading, UK)
  • Natalie Lowery (Univ. Reading, UK)
  • Alexander Moodey (Univ. Reading, UK)


Scientific committee

  • Stephen Coombes (Univ. of Nottingham, UK)
  • Peter beim Graben (Humboldt-Universitt zu Berlin, Germany)
  • Roland Potthast (Deutscher Wetterdienst, Germany / Univ. Reading, UK)
  • James D. Saddy (Univ. Reading, UK)


Invited speakers

  • Ingo Bojak (Birmingham, UK)
  • Bard Ermentrout (Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Olivier Faugeras (INRIA, France)
  • Viktor Jirsa (CNRS Marseille, France)
  • Will Penny (Univ. College London, UK)
  • Ying Zheng (Sheffield, UK)


Attendance is free, but registration is required, by email to Natalie Lowery, or Alexander Moodey,


All talks will be held in GU01, Meteorology building, University of Reading. See our How to find us page for more details.

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