Colloquium (Kathryn Hess): Topological adventures in neuroscience

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  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Häggsalen
  • Lecturer: Kathryn Hess
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  • Contact person: Thomas Kragh
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Abstract: Over the past decade, and particularly over the past five years, research at the interface of topology and neuroscience has grown remarkably fast. Topology has, for example, been successfully applied  to objective classification of neuron morphologies and to automatic detection of network dynamics.   In this talk I will focus on the algebraic topology of brain structure and function, describing results obtained by members of my lab in collaboration with the Blue Brain Project on  digitally reconstructed microcircuits of neurons in the rat cortex.  I will also describe our on-going work on the topology of  synaptic plasticity.  The talk will include an overview of the Blue Brain Project and a brief introduction to the topological tools that we use.