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Computational Neuroscience - Winter term 2021/22

A Lecture Series from Models to Applications

Interdisciplinary lecture series taught by neuroscience experts from TUM and LMU that provides an introduction to computational neuroscience. Topics range from a general overview on neurobiology and basic modeling to neuroengineering and -prothetics. In winter terms a focus is given to neuroengineering and -prothetics whereas summer terms cover topics more strongly related to biological mechanisms.

Some background on Julius Bernstein, who lent his name to the Bernstein Network: Julius Bernstein (1839–1917): pioneer neurobiologist and biophysicist.

For general inquiries on the lecture please get in touch with Dr. Kay Thurley.

Day and Time

Tuesday 18:00-19:30 s.t., winter term 2021/22


The course will be held as an online lecture. More information and lecture notes will be posted on our Moodle site Moodle@elearningTUM about one week before the date of each lecture listed below.
At the regular time of the lecture, lecturers will be available for questions either via Zoom, chat or forum. Details will be announced on Moodle too.


1 10/19 Luksch Biology

Motivation for doing Computational Neuroscience; Neuroanatomy primer

2 10/26 Luksch Biology

Neurophysiology primer

3 11/02 Leibold Modelling

Modeling dynamics and computations of single neurons

4 11/09 Leibold Modelling

Neural coding, information theory and application to neuroscience

5 11/16 Leibold Modelling

Populations of neurons; Theory of neural networks and learning

6 11/23 Wolfrum Engineering

Cell-chip communication

7 11/30 Gjorgjieva Modelling

Plasticity and development of neural circuits

8 12/07 Seeber Engineering

Neuroprosthetics I: Cochlear Implants: System overview and stimulation algorithms

9 12/14 Seeber Engineering

Neuroprosthetics II: Cochlear Implants: Electric stimulation of the auditory nerve, phenomenological models


no lecture

10 01/11 Hemmert Engineering

Neuroprosthetics III: Overview and key issues in neuro implants

11 01/18 Hemmert Engineering

Neuroprosthetics IV: Electrical and optogenetic excitation of neurons

12 01/25 Sirota Integration

Methods of systems neuroscience: measurement and perturbation of neural activity

13 02/01 Sirota Integration

Systems mechanisms of learning and memory from theory to experimental data

03/03 Exam

Time: 8:00 a.m.
Venue: Room N1190 (room finder), Theresienstrasse, TUM

Registration for LMU students until February 21 by email to  Dr. Kay Thurley!


In the written examination, an overview of the various aspects of computational neuroscience will be tested. Knowledge-based learning outcomes from the lecture as well as the understanding and ability to solve (practical) problems will be assessed in a 60 min written examination with questions set and corrected by the respective lecturers. For questions on the exam please get in touch with Dr. Kay Thurley.
Here you can find an example exam and the sample solutions.

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