Workshop on

Dynamics of nonlinear oscillations and their applications in
neuroscience and biology

Tokyo Metropolitan University (Minami-Ohsawa Campus, Building 8, Room 618)


13 April 2012



The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in the theory and application of nonlinear oscillations.

Computer simulations are a useful intermediary between theory and application, and they played an essential role in the project of Fermi-Pasta-Ulam in the 1950's which investigated nonlinear oscillations of particles arranged in a one-dimensional lattice. This led to major developments in the theory of solitons and integrable systems, and in the field of experimental mathematics, and these are important areas of research today. In the workshop, the FPU experiment and some of these developments will be reviewed, using the software 3D-XplorMath.

On the other hand, nonlinear oscillations arise in many areas of science, in particular in models for the human brain. A current challenge of neuroscience is to understand how "coherent patterns" appear in such systems. Work in this direction will also be presented at the workshop.


Friday 13 April 2012

10:00-10:15 Robert Sinclair (OIST): Opening Remarks

10:15-11:15 Yoko Yamaguchi (RIKEN): "Computation of the mind as nonlinear oscillation dynamics in the human brain"

11:30-12:30 Takashi Sakai (TMU) "Visualization with 3D-XplorMath", Martin Guest (TMU): "Visualization for nonlinear oscillations"


14:00-15:00 Yuichi Katori (Tokyo University): "Quantitative Modeling of Inferior Olive Neurons with a Simple Conductance-Based Model"

15:15-16:00 Discussion


16:30-17:30 Robert Sinclair (OIST): "Imperfection at the Cutting Edge"

Organizing committee: Martin Guest (Tokyo Metropolitan University), Takashi Sakai (Tokyo Metropolitan University)


Laboratory for Dynamics of Emergent Intelligence

Laboratories for Mathematics, Lifesciences, and Informatics