Contemporary neurobiological experiments often generate complex data sets with many dependent variables collected continuously through time. Appropriate analysis tools are needed to uncover relationships among signals and allow for a better understanding of the underlying biological processes. This workshop aims to give students an introduction to the theory and practical application of computational methods for the analysis of neurobiological data. The workshop is composed of lectures, hands-on use of key analysis methods in a computer lab, and a course project. Several data sets will be provided for students’ use. Instruction and exercises will use MATLAB, the most commonly used data analysis and visualization tool for quantitative sciences; however, no prior experience with this software is required. Each student will be asked to complete a project during the workshop. Students can choose to bring their own data for use in the projects or may use data provided by the instructors. The instructors and TAs will provide support at every phase of the project, including selecting an appropriate topic, deciding on analyses, programming, and visualization. Although the course will focus on signals from animal behaviour and electrophysiology, the methods taught in the course are applicable to many other types of signals encountered in neurobiological research.
This ten-day workshop is comprised of lectures, hands-on use of key analysis methods in a computer lab, and a course project.
- Introduction to MATLAB
- Data visualization
- Overview of analysis methods for neurobiological signals
- Fundamental concepts in signal processing
- Working with discrete data (action potentials, behavioural events, etc.)
- Methods for working with multiple simultaneous signals (e.g. EEG signals)
- Analysis of imaging data
David Euston, Aaron Gruber, Artur Luczak, Majid Mohajerani, Masami Tatsuno, Bruce McNaughton (Director of the Polaris Brain Dynamics research group).
Bios of the CCBN faculty members can be found at: www.uleth.ca/artsci/neuroscience/our-faculty
2017 Guest Speakers: TBA
- Graduate level students (Masters or PhD) and Postdoctoral fellows registered full-time in a post-secondary institution working in neuroscience or a related discipline.
- Undergraduate students registered full-time in a post-secondary institution working in neuroscience or a related discipline, involved in a research project and sponsored by an academic faculty member.
- No prior experience with any programming language is required. Students will learn to use the MATLAB computing environment.
- Students can outline previous experience on the application. Previous experience will be taken into consideration during evaluation.
- Students are expected to have familiarity with hypothesis testing and basic concepts of neuroscience (e.g. action potentials).
Registration is limited to 25 students. Priority is given to graduate students who meet the eligibility criteria and are registered in a Campus Alberta Neuroscience partner institution (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge). Registration will be open from January 25, 2017 to February 22, 2017 at 4pm MST.
To be considered for the workshop, the following must be received by 4PM MST on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017:
- Online Application Form
- Applicant curriculum vitae (in .pdf format)
- A Letter of Supervisor Support
- Instructions for Supervisors:Please be sure to specify how participation in this workshop will benefit the student’s project/program of study and the supervisor’s own program of research.
- Supervisors can either send their letters directly to Campus Alberta Neuroscience at [email protected] OR with the applicant curriculum vitae. In either case, the letter of support must be signed and in protected .pdf format.
Items 2 and 3 above must be submitted via email to Campus Alberta Neuroscience at [email protected] by the application deadline with the following subject line:
Computational Methods Workshop Application Supporting Documents – [LAST NAME, FIRST NAME]
Please note that all application components – including the Online Application Form, applicant CV, and Letter of Supervisor Support – must be received by the application deadline (February 22, 2017, 4pm MST). Failure to receive all components of the application will result in your application being marked as ‘incomplete’ and will not be considered by the reviewers.
For those invited to attend the workshop, a nominal registration fee of $100 will be charged to help defray the operational costs of the workshop. Meals and accommodations will be provided for the duration of the workshop to Alberta students based outside of Lethbridge.
Alberta undergraduate students may request a fee waiver. If an undergraduate student wishes to receive course credit for this workshop, that student will not be required to pay the nominal registration fee of $100 but will become responsible for the full tuition costs to University of Lethbridge related to this course. These fees can not be waived.
NO FEES ARE DUE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. If you are invited to attend the workshop, more information will be provided to you on how to pay your registration fee.
Campus Alberta Neuroscience and the NSERC CREATE Biological Information Processing Program will provide financial support for costs associated with ground transportation and accommodation for Alberta trainees/faculty who are from outside of Lethbridge. Expenses related to ground transportation and accommodation are covered only if the workshop is attended in full. Only costs related to this workshop will be reimbursed and are at the discretion of the sponsors.
Students from outside of Alberta and those from Alberta who are not registered full-time in a partnered institution will be required to cover all costs associated with the course, including tuition, travel, meals and accommodation.
The Computational Neuroscience Committee will review and rank all complete applications. *Applications will be evaluated on merit and on the following criteria:
- Preference to graduate students working in neuroscience or related discipline
- Preference to Alberta-based students studying at an albertaneuro partner institution (University of Alberta, Calgary or Lethbridge)
- Quality of student’s CV
- Benefit to student’s program of study/project
- Contribution to Supervisor’s program of neuroscience research
Notice of Decision
- Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing by Campus Alberta Neuroscience
- Students accepted into the workshop will be provided with a registration package in advance. The package will include additional details on the workshop content, course credit and fees, travel, meals and accommodation.
If you are interested in applying to this program and require further information, please contact [email protected]
Previous Workshop Participants
2016 Online Workshop Extension