2019 Events


On this page we share and highlight MIIA events accross the continent as well as other Machine Intelligence or Data Science related events and conferences in Africa and elsewhere. MIIA is also currently on Meetup. We currently have a Meetup group in Cape Town and another one that we have started in Johannesburg/Sandton/Pretoria, but intend to have several Meetup groups in key areas accross the continent. We also plan to make use of Google Hangouts for broader live interaction.

We would also like to encourage the MIIA community to use our real-time community messaging platform (MIIA on Slack) to interact and arrange meetings in your part of the continent. To join the MIIA community on Slack, our real-time community messaging platform, please sign-up here. The #events channel on Slack can for example be utilised for this purpose. Please let us know via Slack or info@machineintelligenceafrica.org if you have any ideas or recommendations in this regard.

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70. IBRO-SIMONS Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, Cape Town, 7-28 January 2019



7 - 28 January 2019, Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Website: http://imbizo.africa/
The #isiCNI2019 is a southern hemisphere summer school aiming to promote computational neuroscience in Africa. It will bring together international and local students under the tutelage of the world's leading experts in the field. Like its international sister courses, this three-week summer school aims to teach central ideas, methods, and practices of modern computational neuroscience through a combination of lectures and hands-on project work. Mornings will be devoted to lectures on topics across the breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. The rest of the day will be spent working on research projects under the close supervision of expert tutors and faculty. Individual research projects will focus on the modelling of neurons, neural systems, behaviour, the analysis of state-of-the-art neural data, and the development of theories to explain experimental observations.

Who should apply?
This course is aimed at Masters and PhD level students through Honours or Postdoctoral students may also apply. Students should have sufficient quantitative skills, (e.g. a background in mathematics, physics, computer science, statistics, engineering or related field). Some knowledge of neural biology will be useful but not essential. Experimental neuroscience students are encouraged to apply but should ensure that they have a reasonable level of quantitative proficiency (i.e. at least second-year level mathematics or statistics and have done at least one course in computer programming).

Essential details
* Fee (which covers tuition, lodging, and meals): 1100 EUR
Thanks to our generous sponsors, significant financial assistance is available to reduce and waiver fees for students, as well as to provide some travel bursaries. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the Imbizo, please state so clearly in the relevant section of your application.
* Application deadline: 24th July 2018
* Notification of results: End of September 2018

Information and application
What is an Imbizo?
\ɪmˈbiːzɒ\ | Xhosa - Zulu
A gathering of the people to share knowledge.

Adrienne Fairhall - Washington University
Peter Latham - University College London
Demba Ba - Harvard University
Sophie Deneve - Ecole Normale Superieure
Ila Fiete - University of Texas
Blake Richards - University of Toronto
Timothy Lillicrap - Google DeepMind
Joseph Raimondo - University of Cape Town
Srikanth Ramaswamy - EPFL Lausanne
Athanassia Papoutsi - IMBB-FORTH
Tim Vogels - University of Oxford
Byron Yu - Carnegie Mellon University
Misha Tsodyks - Weiszmann Institute of Science
Andrew Trevelyan - Newcastle University
Alex Antrobus (Gatsby Unit, UCL)
Christopher Currin (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Peter Latham (Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL, UK)
Joseph Raimondo (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Tim Vogels (University of Oxford, UK)

The isiCNI is made possible by the generous support from the Simons Foundation (https://www.simonsfoundation.org) and IBRO, the International Brain Research Organisation (http://ibro.info)
Organizational Affiliates
University of Cape Town, University College London, University of Oxford, TReND in AfricaCNCBGatsby Foundation, IBRO African Center for Advanced Training in Neurosciences at UCT