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The Virtual Brain is an open-source, multi-scale, multi-modal brain simulation platform. In this lesson, you get introduced to brain simulation in general and to The Virtual brain in particular. Prof. Ritter will present the newest approaches for clinical applications of The Virtual brain - that is, for stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors and Alzheimer’s disease - and show how brain simulation can improve diagnostics, therapy and understanding of neurological disease.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 1:35:08
Speaker: : Petra Ritter

The concept of neural masses, an application of mean field theory, is introduced as a possible surrogate for electrophysiological signals in brain simulation. The mathematics of neural mass models and their integration to a coupled network are explained. Bifurcation analysis is presented as an important technique in the understanding of non-linear systems and as a fundamental method in the design of brain simulations. Finally, the application of the described mathematics is demonstrated in the exploration of brain stimulation regimes.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 1:49:24
Speaker: : Andreas Spiegler

The simulation of the virtual epileptic patient is presented as an example of advanced brain simulation as a translational approach to deliver improved results in clinics. The fundamentals of epilepsy are explained. On this basis, the concept of epilepsy simulation is developed. By using an iPython notebook, the detailed process of this approach is explained step by step. In the end, you are able to perform simple epilepsy simulations your own.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 1:28:53
Speaker: : Julie Courtiol

A brief overview of the Python programming language, with an emphasis on tools relevant to data scientists. This lecture was part of the 2018 Neurohackademy, a 2-week hands-on summer institute in neuroimaging and data science held at the University of Washington eScience Institute.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 1:16:36
Speaker: : Tal Yarkoni

NWB: An ecosystem for neurophysiology data standardization

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 29:53
Speaker: : Oliver Ruebel

Learn how to create a standard extracellular electrophysiology dataset in NWB using Python

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 45:46
Speaker: : Ryan Ly

Learn how to create a standard calcium imaging dataset in NWB using Python

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 31:04
Speaker: : Ryan Ly

Learn how to create a standard intracellular electrophysiology dataset in NWB

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 20:23
Speaker: : Pamela Baker

Learn how to use the icephys-metadata extension to enter meta-data detailing your experimental paradigm

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 27:18
Speaker: : Oliver Ruebel

Learn how to create a standard extracellular electrophysiology dataset in NWB using MATLAB

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 45:46
Speaker: : Ben Dichter

Learn how to create a standard calcium imaging dataset in NWB using MATLAB

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 39:10
Speaker: : Ben Dichter

Learn how to create a standard intracellular electrophysiology dataset in NWB

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 20:22
Speaker: : Pamela Baker

Overview of the Braintorm package for analyzing extracellular electrophysiology, including preprocessing, spike sorting, trial alignment, and spectrotemporal decomposition

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 47:47

Overview of the CaImAn package, and demonstration of usage with NWB

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 44:37

Overview of the SpikeInterface package, including demonstration of data loading, preprocessing, spike sorting, and comparison of spike sorters

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 1:10:28
Speaker: : Alessio Buccino

Overview of the NWBWidgets package, including coverage of different data types, and information for building custom widgets within this framework

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Duration: 47:15
Speaker: : Ben Dichter

This lecture covers an Introduction to neuron anatomy and signaling, and different types of models, including the Hodgkin-Huxley model.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 1:23:01
Speaker: : Gaute Einevoll

Neuroethics has been described as containing at least two components - the neuroscience of ethics and the ethics of neuroscience. The first involves neuroscientific theories, research, and neuro-imaging focused on how the brain arrives at moral decisions and actions, which challenge existing descriptive theories of how humans develop moral thinking and make ethical decisions. The second, ethics of neuroscience, involves applying normative theories about what is right, good and fair to ethical questions raised by neuroscientific research and new technologies, such as how to balance the public benefit of “big data” neuroscience while protecting individual privacy and norms of informed consent.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 38:49

The HBP as an ICT flagship project crucially relies on ICT and will contribute important input into the development of new computing principles and artefacts. Individuals working on the HBP should therefore be aware of the long history of ethical issues discussed in computing. The discourse on ethics and computing can be traced back to Norbert Wiener and the very beginning of digital computing. From the 1970s and 80s it has developed into an active discussion involving academics from various disciplines, professional bodies and industry.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 46:12
Speaker: : Bernd Stahl

Like any transformative technology, intelligent robotics has the potential for huge benefit, but is not without ethical or societal risk. In this lecture, I will explore two questions. Firstly, the increasingly urgent question of the ethical use of robots: are there particular applications of robots that should be proscribed, in eldercare, or surveillance, or war fighting for example? When intelligent autonomous robots make mistakes, as they inevitably will, who should be held to account? Secondly, I will consider the longer-term question of whether intelligent robots themselves could or should be ethical. Seventy years ago Isaac Asimov created his fictional Three Laws of Robotics. Is there now a realistic prospect that we could build a robot that is Three Laws Safe?

Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 31:35
Speaker: : Alan Winfield