We would like to invite you to participate in the Quantitative Single-Neuron Modeling Competition 2008

Why such a competition?
How well are single-cell properties reproduced by the present-day neuronal models? Recently, several labs have approached this question by assessing the quality of neuron models with respect to spike timing prediction or characteristic features of the voltage trace. So far, every modeler used their own preferred performance measure on their own data set. The Quantitative Single-Neuron Modeling Competition offers a coherent framework to compare neuronal models with four different experiments on layer V pyramidal neurons from rat somatosensory cortex under somatic and dendritic stimulation.
This competition is an opportunity to bridge the gap between experimentalists and modelers (are there modelers who always dreamed of testing their theoretical model, and experimentalists who wondered which model to use for their specific case?). The Quantitative Single-Neuron Modeling Competition is an invitation to compare your methods and models to those of other people in the field. With good participation, the outcome of this competition will be of great interest to both experimentalists and network modelers.
Participants can submit their prediction to one or more of the challenges A, B, C or D. See http://lcn.epfl.ch/QuantNeuronMod2008/ for details. Anyone can participate and any type of model is accepted.
The prizes are given upon the disclosure of the model used.
- 1st prize: The Swiss Single-Neuron Modeling Award (10 000 CHF*) is given to the participant(s) providing the best performance in at least 2 of the challenges.
- 2nd prize: The EPFL-Brain Mind Institute Neuron Modeling Award (500 CHF*) is given to the participant(s) providing best overall performance in one of the challenges A, B, C or D.
* Members of EPFL can participate but are not eligible to the monetary reward. In case of a tie for any of the prizes, the amount is divided in equal parts.
Important Dates
- February 15th 2008 : Submission deadline.
- March 3rd-4th 2008 : Presentation of the results at the workshop on Data sharing and modeling challenges in neuroscience taking place during Cosyne 2008 meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Wulfram Gerstner (EPFL)
Thomas Berger (EPFL)
Arnd Roth (UCL)

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