The goal of NIC is to bring together experimental and theoretical neuroscientists for small (60-80 people) invitation-only intensive three day workshops. The emphasis is on how new experimental and theoretical approaches can be combined to understand neural coding better. Most years there is a particular theme, but the overall spirit is maintained from year to year. Topics include information theoretic approaches; experimental approaches to understanding population coding (e.g. multi electrode recording); plasticity; and the possible importance of timing in neural transmission. Systems range from invertebrates to monkeys.
The NIC meetings have traditionally been held at ski resorts. The afternoon schedule is kept available for informal discussion, on or off the slopes.
Since 2000, NIC has been held outside the USA in Europe on even-numbered years (when it is called "NIC-E," or simply "NICE," for Europe; and NICI for India). However, in 2005 there was no NIC meeting; instead, participants were be encouraged to attend the larger Cosyne meeting.
In 2004, there was no NIC meeting. Instead, participants were encouraged to attend the larger Cosyne meeting, to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, March 24-28, 2004. Starting 2005, NIC and Cosyne now coexist, with NIC still a smaller, invitation-only meeting and Cosyne larger and more inclusive.
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