The ISRC is housed in a large, purpose-built facility, with state-of-the-art resources, including neuroimaging, neurotechnology and robotic facilities, and high-performance computing facility for big data analytics and large-scale computational simulations. There will be a tour of labs for in-person attendees. The ISRC is multidisciplinary, with arguably the largest cluster of computational neuroscientists and neuro-inspired AI researchers in the island of Ireland, with strong collaborations with many clinical, biomedical, neuroscience, AI and mental health centres, and industrial partners, allowing its research output to quickly translate into applications.
Academic researchers at the ISRC and invited external speakers will contribute to the delivery of this 5-day School, which consists of lectures and labs. Labs will consist of modelling and analysing data related to the lectures to consolidate the lectures’ content and encourage active and creative participation. Attendees will have the opportunity to present and share their research work on the final day. See Schedule below for the topics covered. Class materials will be made available in advance of the event. Required software (Python and MATLAB) should be downloaded and configured before the event. Foundational topics in mathematical techniques and computer programming will be provided.
Although the School will focus on research communities especially within the Island of Ireland due to its lack of such training, wider participations are welcomed. We particularly encourage applications from advanced undergraduate, masters, graduate diploma, early-stage career (Ph.D. students and postdoctoral) researchers, clinical researchers, and research scientists and engineers in industrial and clinical sectors. Ideally, participants will have some mathematical background at the UK GCE A level / Irish Leaving Certificate level, some familiarity in computer/scientific programming in languages such as Python or MATLAB, or some background knowledge in biology, neuroscience, medicine or psychology.
In-person attendees are limited to 40 people. Selection of in-person applications will be based on suitability of research interests, reason(s) and motivation(s) for attending, and a mandatory support/reference letter – information will be requested during application.
The School aims to be inclusive by providing high accessibility including those who are underrepresented and/or with caregiving responsibilities, disabilities, and limited funds, and bursaries may be available (please state this in the application). In light of the ongoing pandemic, the School will adopt a hybrid (physical and virtual) format, and if the pandemic situation becomes worse, it will be a completely virtual event.
For in-person attendees, lunches, tea/coffee breaks and a formal dinner on the 27th October (Day 4) will be covered. There will also be a city tour and social activities on the 24th October (Day 1). The Autumn School coincides with the popular Derry Halloween festival (the weekend following the Autumn School). If you are attending the Autumn School in person, you may participate in the various events all over town and get into the festive spirit! You may also explore what Northern Ireland has to offer before or after the Autumn School.