Atlanta Next Generation Neuro


Atlanta Next Gen Neuro is a collaborative group of faculty at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, with the mission of developing experimental and theoretical foundations for the next decade of computational and systems neuroscience research, and of growing the community of like-minded researchers in the Atlanta area.


Current Events: 


Physics of Behavior Virtual Workshop (April 30th, 2020 - 10am - 1pm ) 

TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: If we can track (most) everything, what should we do with the data?

With the cancellation of the March Meeting and most of our summer conferences and travel, we were hoping to retain a sense of community amongst all of us studying questions at the interface of physics and animal behavior.  Accordingly, we thought it would be fun to host a virtual workshop where we could at least get a sense for current research directions, see each other, and devote time to thinking about the non-virus-related science that we all care about.  Thus, we have organized a virtual workshop on the Physics of Behavior, to be held on April 30th from 10am - 1pm Eastern Daylight Time over Zoom (RSVP information below).

We both agreed that typical workshop formats wouldn’t necessarily translate well to the virtual domain and thought to organize around one question: “Now that we can track (most) everything, what can we do with the data?”  Given the recent dramatic advances in technology, we now have behavioral data sets with orders of magnitude more accuracy, dimensionality, diversity, and size than we had even a few years ago.  That being said, there is still little agreement as to what theoretical frameworks can inform our understanding of these data sets and suggest new experiments we can perform.  We hope that after this workshop we’ll see a variety of new ideas and perhaps gain some inspiration.

We have invited eight speakers, each studying different systems, scales, and topics, to provide 10 minute presentations focused on the above question, with another 10 minutes set aside for questions/discussions (moderated by the two of us).  Although we naturally expect speakers to include aspects of their own work, we have encouraged all of them to think broadly and provocatively.  We are also hoping to organize some breakout sessions after the talks so that we can have some more expanded discussions about topics arising during the meeting.  
To avoid Zoom-bombing and other nascent perils of our time, we are asking that all potential participants RSVP at the link here .  We will forward Zoom invites to all registered participants at some time within a day or two of the workshop. 
Please feel free to forward to anyone that you think might be interested.  We hope to see you all there!
 HOST: Gordon Berman (Emory University) Greg Stephens (Vrije Universiteit & Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)
Confirmed speakers include (in alphabetical order):
Andre Brown (Imperial College)
William Bialek (Princeton University)
Ann Kennedy (California Institute of Technology)
Ugne Klibaite (Harvard University)
Alexander Mathis (Harvard University)
Nicholas Ouellette (Stanford University)
Samuel Reiter (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)
Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin (University of Konstanz)

2020 Atlanta Next Gen Neuro Seminars:


JANUARY 31st, 2020

Vince Calhoun, Georgia State

White Hall RM 205




Tatiana Engel, CSHL

Math and Science Center Planetarium E300




Adrienne Fairhall, UW

*Co-Sponsored with Frontiers in Neuroscience Series*

Whitehead Auditorium




Megan Carey, Lisbon

Math and Science Center Planetarium E300



The following workshops have been postponed and will be rescehduled.

Atlanta NextGen Neuro Workshop – “Individuality in movement: from equations to interventions”