Organizing Committee

Cracking the neural code is one of the longstanding questions in neuroscience. How does the activity of populations of neurons represent stimuli and perform neural computations? Decades of theoretical and experimental work have provided valuable clues about the principles of neural coding, as well as descriptive understandings of various neural codes. This raises a number of mathematical questions touching on algebra, combinatorics, probability, and geometry. This workshop will explore questions that arise from sensory perception and processing in olfactory, auditory, and visual coding, as well as properties of place field codes and grid cell codes, mechanisms for decoding population activity, and the role of noise and correlations. These questions may be tackled with techniques from information theory, mathematical coding theory, combinatorial commutative algebra, hyperplane arrangements, oriented matroids, convex geometry, statistical mechanics, and more.

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Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Talks will be presented virtually or in-person as indicated in the schedule below.

  • Speaker
  • Poster Presenter
  • Attendee
  • Virtual Attendee
  • Arman Afrasiyabi
    Yale University
  • Daniele Avitabile
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Andrea Barreiro
    Southern Methodist University
  • Amitabha Bose
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Robyn Brooks
    University of Utah
  • Thomas Burns
  • Carlos Castañeda Castro
    Brown University
  • Hannah Choi
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Giovanna Citti
    university of Bologna
  • Natasha Crepeau
    University of Washington
  • Carina Curto
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • Rava da Silveira
    Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel
  • Maria Dascalu
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Darcy Diesburg
    Brown University
  • Julia E Grigsby
    Boston College
  • Ahmed elhady
    Konstanz Center for Advanced Study of Collective Behavior
  • Aysel Erey
    Utah State University
  • Michael Frank
    Brown University
  • Marcio Gameiro
    Rutgers University
  • Tomas Gedeon
    Montana State University
  • Maria Geffen
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Tim Gentner
    University of California, San Diego
  • Juliann Geraci
    University of Nebraska- Lincoln
  • Chad Giusti
    University of Delaware
  • Betty Hong
    California Institute of Technology
  • Vladimir Itskov
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • Shabnam Kadir
    University of Hertfordshire
  • Sameer Kailasa
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Selvi Kara
    University of Utah
  • Roozbeh Kiani
    New York University
  • Maxwell Kreider
    Case Western Reserve University
  • Zelong Li
    Penn State University
  • Yao Li
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Caitlin Lienkaemper
    Boston University
  • Kathryn Lindsey
    Boston College
  • Justin Lines
    Columbia University
  • Vasiliki Liontou
  • Sijing Liu
    Brown University
  • Juliana Londono Alvarez
    Penn State
  • Christian Machens
    Champalimaud Foundation
  • Marissa Masden
  • Sarah Mason
    Wake Forest University
  • Leenoy Meshulam
    University of Washington
  • Nikola Milicevic
    Pennsylvania State University
  • Federica Milinanni
    KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
  • Katie Morrison
    University of Northern Colorado
  • matt nassar
    Brown University
  • Ilya Nemenman
    Emory University
  • Gabe Ocker
    Boston University
  • Caitlyn Parmelee
    Keene State College
  • Cengiz Pehlevan
    Harvard University
  • Isabella Penido
    Brown University
  • Jose Perea
    Northeastern University
  • Rebecca R.G.
    George Mason University
  • Niloufar Razmi
    Brown University
  • Antonio Rieser
    Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas
  • Jason Ritt
    Brown University
  • Horacio Rotstein
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Safaan Sadiq
    Pennsylvania State University
  • Nicole Sanderson
    Penn State University
  • Hannah Santa Cruz
    Penn State
  • Cristina Savin
  • Nikolas Schonsheck
    University of Delaware
  • David Schwab
    City University of New York
  • Daniel Scott
    Brown University
  • Thomas Serre
    Brown University
  • Thibaud Taillefumier
    UT Austin
  • Gaia Tavoni
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • Peter Thomas
    Case Western Reserve University
  • Nicholas Tolley
    Brown University
  • Taro Toyoizumi
    Riken Center for Brain Science
  • Wilson Truccolo
    Brown University
  • Ka Nap Tse
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Misha Tsodyks
    Weizmann Institute
  • Yuki Tsukada
    Keio University
  • Qingsong Wang
    University of Utah
  • Iris Yoon
    Wesleyan University
  • Nora Youngs
    Colby College
  • Zhuojun Yu
    Case Western Reserve University
  • Ling Zhou
  • Robert Zielinski
    Brown University

Application Information

ICERM welcomes applications from faculty, postdocs, graduate students, industry scientists, and other researchers who wish to participate. Some funding may be available for travel and lodging. Graduate students who apply must have their advisor submit a statement of support in order to be considered.

Your Visit to ICERM

ICERM Facilities
ICERM is located on the 10th & 11th floors of 121 South Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island. ICERM's business hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm during this event. See our facilities page for more info about ICERM and Brown's available facilities.
Traveling to ICERM
ICERM is located at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence's T.F. Green Airport (15 minutes south) and Boston's Logan Airport (1 hour north) are the closest airports. Providence is also on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. In-depth directions and transportation information are available on our travel page.
ICERM's special rate will soon be made available via this page for our preferred hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown. ICERM also regularly works with the Graduate Hotel and Hilton Garden Inn who both have discounted rates available. Contact before booking anything.
The only way ICERM participants should book a room is through the hotel reservation links located on this page or through links emailed to them from an ICERM email address ( ICERM never works with any conference booking vendors and never collects credit card information.
Those traveling with family who are interested in information about childcare and/or schools should contact
Technology Resources
Wireless internet access ("Brown-Guest") and wireless printing is available for all ICERM visitors. Eduroam is available for members of participating institutions. Thin clients in all offices and common areas provide open access to a web browser, SSH terminal, and printing capability. See our Technology Resources page for setup instructions and to learn about all available technology.
To request special services, accommodations, or assistance for this event, please contact as far in advance of the event as possible. Thank you.
Discrimination and Harassment Policy
ICERM is committed to creating a safe, professional, and welcoming environment that benefits from the diversity and experiences of all its participants. Brown University's "Code of Conduct", "Discrimination and Workplace Harassment Policy", "Sexual and Gender-based Misconduct Policy", and "Title IX Policy" apply to all ICERM participants and staff. Participants with concerns or requests for assistance on a discrimination or harassment issue should contact the ICERM Director; they are the responsible employees at ICERM under this policy.
Fundamental Research
ICERM research programs aim to promote Fundamental Research and mathematical sciences education. If you are engaged in sensitive or proprietary work, please be aware that ICERM programs often have participants from countries and entities subject to United States export control restrictions. Any discoveries of economically significant intellectual property supported by ICERM funding should be disclosed.
Exploring Providence
Providence's world-renowned culinary scene provides ample options for lunch and dinner. Neighborhoods near campus, including College Hill Historic District, have many local attractions. Check out the map on our Explore Providence page to see what's near ICERM.

Visa Information

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ICERM does not reimburse visa fees. This chart is to inform visitors whether the visa they enter the US on allows them to receive reimbursement for the items outlined in their invitation letter.

Financial Support

This section is for general purposes only and does not indicate that all attendees receive funding. Please refer to your personalized invitation to review your offer.

As this program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ICERM is required to collect your ORCID iD if you are receiving funding to attend this program. Be sure to add your ORCID iD to your Cube profile as soon as possible to avoid delaying your reimbursement.
Acceptable Costs
  • 1 roundtrip between your home institute and ICERM
  • Flights on U.S. or E.U. airlines – economy class to either Providence airport (PVD) or Boston airport (BOS)
  • Ground Transportation to and from airports and ICERM.
Unacceptable Costs
  • Flights on non-U.S. or non-E.U. airlines
  • Flights on U.K. airlines
  • Seats in economy plus, business class, or first class
  • Change ticket fees of any kind
  • Multi-use bus passes
  • Meals or incidentals
Advance Approval Required
  • Personal car travel to ICERM from outside New England
  • Multiple-destination plane ticket; does not include layovers to reach ICERM
  • Arriving or departing from ICERM more than a day before or day after the program
  • Multiple trips to ICERM
  • Rental car to/from ICERM
  • Flights on a Swiss, Japanese, or Australian airlines
  • Arriving or departing from airport other than PVD/BOS or home institution's local airport
  • 2 one-way plane tickets to create a roundtrip (often purchased from Expedia, Orbitz, etc.)
Travel Maximum Contributions
  • New England: $350
  • Other contiguous US: $850
  • Asia & Oceania: $2,000
  • All other locations: $1,500
  • Note these rates were updated in Spring 2023 and superseded any prior invitation rates. Any invitations without travel support will still not receive travel support.
Reimbursement Requests

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Refer to the back of your ID badge for more information. Checklists are available at the front desk and in the Reimbursement section of Cube.

Reimbursement Tips
  • Scanned original receipts are required for all expenses
  • Airfare receipt must show full itinerary and payment
  • ICERM does not offer per diem or meal reimbursement
  • Allowable mileage is reimbursed at prevailing IRS Business Rate and trip documented via pdf of Google Maps result
  • Keep all documentation until you receive your reimbursement!
Reimbursement Timing

6 - 8 weeks after all documentation is sent to ICERM. All reimbursement requests are reviewed by numerous central offices at Brown who may request additional documentation.

Reimbursement Deadline

Submissions must be received within 30 days of ICERM departure to avoid applicable taxes. Submissions after thirty days will incur applicable taxes. No submissions are accepted more than six months after the program end.

Associated Semester Workshops

Topology and Geometry in Neuroscience
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