OSB Workshop 2015#

This meeting was the third main meeting of the Open Source Brain initiative.


9am Tuesday 12th - 5pm Thursday 14th May, 2015


Hotel Calabona, Alghero, Sardinia

Local organisers

Sergio Solinas), Paolo Enrico

Organising committee

Padraig Gleeson), Angus Silver, Boris Marin, Sharon Crook

Overview of the meeting#

As with past OSB meetings this workshop provided an introduction to the OSB initiative and associated technologies and there were a number of presentations from modellers, experimentalists and tool developers interested in creating open, community developed models of neuronal systems.

One day of the meeting was dedicated to creating and sharing experimentally constrained models of the hippocampus.

| Speakers|| |:—|:—|:—| | Giorgio Ascoli| Krasnow Institute, George Mason University, USA| | Tiago Branco| MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK| | Claudia Clopath| Imperial College London, UK| | Michael Hines| Yale University, USA| | Peter Jonas| Institute of Science and Technology, Austria| | Julija Krupic | O’Keefe Group, University College London, UK | | Artur Luczak | University of Lethbridge, Canada | | Troy Margrie | MRC National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK | | Michele Migliore | National Research Council, Italy & Yale University School of Medicine, USA | | Yiota Poirazi | Institute of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Foundation for Research & Technology Hellas, Greece | | Martin Pyka | University of Bochum, Germany
| Stefan Remy | German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn, Germany | | Nelson Spruston | Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Virginia | USA|


There was a NeuroML Editorial Board meeting held prior to the main OSB meeting on Monday 11th May.

Minutes of this meeting can be found here.

Tuesday 12th May, 9am - 5pm#

Morning Session

Angus Silver

Introduction to the workshop


Padraig Gleeson

Overview of OSB & NeuroML


Adrian Quintana

Latest features of Open Source Brain

Matteo Cantarelli

Latest developments with Geppetto & OpenWorm

Coffee break

Sergio Solinas

Creating a 3D model of the cerebellar cortex using NeuroML & OSB


Simon O’Connor

A Community Mitral Cell Model


12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session

Tiago Branco

Synaptic integration in circuits controlling innate behaviours

Troy Margrie

The functional diversity, connectivity and intrinsic properties of visual cortical networks

Coffee break & Poster Session

Gabriela Michel

Cortical self-construction using Cx3D

Eilif Muller

Approaches for reducing fragmentation in the computational modelling community

Discussion session

How do OSB and related technologies fit into wider initatives in neuroscience?

17:30 Bus to workshop dinner at Pedramare

Wednesday 13th May, 9am - 6pm#

Morning Session

Giorgio Ascoli

Hippocampome.org - Neuron classification for real-scale hippocampal modeling

Peter Jonas

Biological networks and models of pattern completion

Coffee break

Michele Migliore

Computational properties of CA1 pyramidal neurons

Yiota Poirazi

Binding memories via dendritic and neuronal co-allocation

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session

Stefan Remy

Locomotion, theta oscillations and the speed-correlated firing of hippocampal neurons are controlled by a medial septal glutamatergic circuit

Nelson Spruston

Neuronal Diversity and Complexity in the Hippocampus

Coffee break

Martin Pyka

Parametric Anatomical Modeling: Creating an anatomically constrained model of the hippocampus


Julija Krupic

Framing the grid: effect of boundaries on grid cells and navigation

Armando Romani

Data-driven Hippocampus CA1 Modeling in the Human Brain Project

Thursday 14th May, 9am - 5pm#

Morning Session

Michael Hines

A Parallel Computational Database Idiom


Alex Seeholzer, William Podlaski

Visualizing the similarity and pedigree of neuronal ion channel models for NEURON

Claudia Clopath

Modelling synaptic plasticity

Coffee break

Artur Luczak

Packets of neuronal activity

Oren Amsalem

Incorporating Gap Junctions in the Human Brain Project in silico Microcircuitry

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon Session

Open discussion/planning session

Next steps for making detailed neuronal models more accessible for the wider neuroscience community


If you have any enquiries about this meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact: p.gleeson@ucl.ac.uk.


This meeting was being generously supported by:

Wellcome Trust


Illustration courtesy of Matteo Farinella