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Neuro-IT workshop on Interoperability of Simulators
Edinburgh, United Kingdom, July 19-20 2006

For quite some time interoperability of neural simulators has been considered an important goal of the community. But is this more than a buzz word? Is it possible/easy to transfer models from one simulator program to another? And how should this be solved? By making simulators interact with each other, which may be useful anyway to simulate multi-scale models by combining different specialized simulators, or by defining models in a simulator-independent way? This workshop brings together several outstanding simulator developers to present and discuss their views on the following 3 questions:

Most speakers will touch on several issues but they have been grouped by which topic they will emphasize.


Wednesday July 19:

Morning Session:

09.00 - 09.05: E. De Schutter (University of Antwerp, Belgium):

1. One big simulator versus or together with specialized simulators?

09.05 - 09.30: Joel R. Stiles (University Pittsburgh, USA):
"Spatial Realism and Multiscale Issues for Physiological Simulations"

09.40 - 10.05: Upinder S. Bhalla (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India):
"MOOSE/GENESIS 3: A general simulator with specialized, optimized solvers"

10.15 - 10.40: Stefan WIls (University of Antwerp, BE):
"Bridging the gap between STEPS and electrophysiology"

10.50 - 11.10: Coffee break

11.10 - 11.35: Marc-Oliver Gewaltig (Honda Research Institute, Germany):
"Simulator Interoperability from the perspective of NEST?"

2. Interoperability of specialized simulators

11.45 - 12.10: Fred Howell (University of Edinburgh, UK):
"Pattern machines and spikes"

12.30 - 14.00: Lunch break

Afternoon Session:

14.00 - 14.25: Eilif Muller (University Heidelberg, Germany):
"A better interpreter for computational neuroscience"

14.35 - 15.00: Hugo Cornelis (University Texas San Antonio, USA):
"Accessibility of Neuronal Models using the Neurospaces Studio"

3. Simulator independent model specification

15.10 - 15.35: Padraig Gleeson (University College London, UK):
"NeuroML for simulator independent model specification"

15.45 - 16.00: Coffee break

16.00 - 16.25: Mike Hines (Yale University, USA):
"NEURON CellBuilder descriptions of inhomogenous channel density"

16.35 - 17.00: Robert Cannon (University of Edinburgh, UK):
"Case studies in component specialization and model specification"

17.30: Closure

Thursday July 20:

Morning Session:

09.00 - 10.00: Short recapitulation of main points + response to reactions by speakers
(5 min each)

10.00 - 10.50: Open discussion

10.50 - 11.10: Coffe Break

11.10 -12.00: Open discussion and conclusions

Supported by the European Commission (FP5-IST

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