I’ll give a tutorial on Reinforcement Learning at the Latin-American Summer School in Computational Neuroscience to be held from 13 to 31 January 2014 in Valparaiso, Chile.

About the course

The principal aim of the 3rd Latin-American Summer School in Computational Neuroscience is to promote in Latin America the field of Computational Neuroscience through cutting edge mathematical and computational science tools and its applications in Biomedical Research and Clinical Application. The multidisciplinary study of brain function using neuroscience, mathematics and computational approaches helps to a better understanding of brain functionalities under normal or pathological states, as well as, to enhance important advances in education, theoretical frameworks, brain imaging, and biomedical therapies.

In this Summer School we expect to generate a participative and interactive environment where the exchange between students and researchers, based on fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge in computational neuroscience, will foster regional internationalization establishing a strong and long-lasting collaborations between Latin America and more developed countries. The excellence of the Faculty team willing to participate in this Summer School is a unique opportunity that will help to boost this research area in our countries.

The organization of LACONEU2014 will cover many critical and complementary areas (see topics from the program) with a direct impact and benefice for helping further interaction among participants. The courses deal from biophysics properties of neuronal network and their capacity for driving specific behavior up to the applications of this knowledge to a large field of brain function research from normal to pathological states. For instance, unpaired learning and memory brain capacity that affect a large human population with neurodegenerative process, where their understanding at the earliest stages improves compensatory therapies. The later is a critical step to help mental health welfare.

In LACONEU2014 we expect to contribute in the development of the great potential, not always well exploited, that Latin America has in the field of numerical sciences: (e.g.) physics, engineering and mathematics, together with cutting edge tools in biomedicine. Along LACONEU2014 we will encourage and motivate young graduate students and researchers to initiate interdisciplinary work on biomedicine and bioengineering problems. We will also encourage the creation of regional and international networks of collaborations reflected in, for instance, joint research and thesis.