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Barcelona Computational, Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience (BARCCSYN) 2021

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From July 05, 2021
to July 06, 2021

The activity will be held in person at IEC (Institut d'estudis Catalans). If you need an invoice for the registration payment, please write us to after finishing the process of registration, indicating your name and the activity.

Registration deadline 17 / 06 / 2021



Workshop’s information

We are working to ensure a covid safe environment throughout the meeting, in compliance with local regulations. Attendance will be limited to 50% capacity in the conference room, while poster sessions and breaks will take place outside. Participants should wear masks at all times. Other best practices (room ventilation, hand sanitizers, etc.) will be implemented. Details will be provided further, but do not hesitate to contact the organizers to clear any doubt.
The BARCCSYN meeting is a forum for the computational, systems and cognitive neuroscience community​ from the Barcelona area​.


Alex Hyafil, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Diogo Santos-Pata, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
Silvana Silva Pereira, Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC-UPF)


Barccsyn is about bringing together researchers from computational, systems and cognitive neuroscience.  Our goal is to provide a forum for lively discussion and promote active collaboration between Barcelona-based research groups, especially between theorists and experimentalists.​
This is the ninth annual Barccsyn conference.  The conference will be held on July 5 and 6, 2021, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans.  Each day we will have 8-10 brief oral presentations from local researchers, a poster session and a longer keynote lecture from a renowned researcher from abroad. You can check the past editions here​​.

​Keynote speakers

From Input Statistics to Abstract Knowledge Learning from Speech

Ruth de Diego Balaguer (ICREA-UB)


Speech is a very complex auditory stimulation. When trying to decode it to learn the Language conveyed in it a learner needs to compute the statistic relations between the specific sounds in this input. However it is also necessary at one point of learning to ignore these specific sounds in order to be able to create more abstract knowledge about classes of words (i.e. nouns, verbs, etc.) and their relations to be able to generalise and be fluent in a Language. In the talk I will review research providing evidence of how different aspects of attention from automatic capture to the ability highlight or ignore relevant information are essential in these different stages of learning. In this endeavour I will propose that the existence of concurrent cues in the statistic relations between elements are essential to be able to guide attention to generate abstract knowledge. I will also illustrate how different brain networks need to work in coordination at different stages for this learning to occur.

Macroscopicquantities of collective brain activity during wakefulness and anesthesia

Adrián Ponce Álvarez (UPF)


The study of states of arousal is key to understand the principles of consciousness. Yet, how different brain states emerge from the collective activity of brain regions remains unknown. Here, we studied the fMRI brain activity of monkeys during wakefulness and anesthesia-induced loss of consciousness. We showed that the coupling between each brain region and the rest of the cortex provides an efficient statistic to classify the two brain states. Based on this and other statistics, we estimated maximum entropy models to derive collective, macroscopic properties that quantify the system’s capabilities to produce work, to contain information and to transmit it, which were all maximized in the awake state. The differences in these properties were consistent with a phase transition from critical dynamics in the awake state to supercritical dynamics in the anesthetized state. Moreover, information-theoretic measures identified those parameters that impacted the most the network dynamics. We found that changes in the state of consciousness primarily depended on changes in network couplings of insular, cingulate, and parietal cortices. Our findings suggest that the brain state transition underlying the loss of consciousness is predominantly driven by the uncoupling of specific brain regions from the rest of the network.

What infants can think, maybe.

Luca Lorenzo Bonatti (ICREA-UPF)


Recent data suggest that preverbal infants possess remarkable capacities to process complex events and modify hypotheses about them facing inconsistent evidence.  I will present data about the behavioral and neural correlates of some of these processes in infants and adults, focusing on elementary logical inferences. I will critically discuss various proposals about the mental representations underlying these capacities.

List of participants

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Adrian Arias Abreu Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Raphaël Bergoin Universitat Pompeu Fabra
David Bestué Universitat de Barcelona
Luca Bonatti Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Angel Bujalance Gómez Universitat de Barcelona
Eva Carrillo i Félez IDIBAPS
Miguel_Angel Casal Santiago Italian Institute of Technology
Gloria Cecchini Universitat de Barcelona
Alexis Cerván IDIBAPS
Pau Clusella Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Albert Compte IDIBAPS
Ignasi Cos Universitat de Barcelona
Josephine Cruzat Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Francesco Damiani Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Krubeal Danieli Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Ruth de Diego Balaguer Universitat de Barcelona
Eleonora De Filippi Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jaime de la Rocha IDIBAPS
Michael De Pass Universitat de Barcelona
Federico Devalle Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Daniel Duque IDIBAPS
Anira Escrichs Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jose_M. Esnaola-Acebes Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Anaïs Espinoso Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Sergio Faci-Lázaro Universidad de Zaragoza
Adrián Fernández Amil Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
Clara Fernández López Universitat de Barcelona
Demetrio Ferro Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Adrià Galan Gadea Neuroelectrics Barcelona SL
Santiago Galella Universitat Politècnica de València
Elvira García Guzmán Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Elif Gizem Kain IDIBAPS
Maria Guasch Morgades Neuroelectrics
Oscar Guerrero Rosado Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
Antoni Guillamon Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Lluís Hernández-Navarro IDIBAPS
Gemma Huguet Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Alex Hyafil Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Sara Ibañez Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Prakash Kavi Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Luca Lorenzo Bonatti Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Alexandre Mahrach IDIBAPS
Ludovica Mana Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Chiara Mastrogiuseppe Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Manuel Molano-Mazón IDIBAPS
Ernest Montbrió Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Rubén Moreno Bote Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Pedro Omedas Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
Tiffany Oña Jodar IDIBAPS
Duygu Ozbagci Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jordi Pastor IDIBAPS
Paula Peixoto Moledo IDIBAPS
Alexis Pérez-Bellido Universitat de Barcelona
Thomas Pfeffer Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Nicolás Pollan Hauer Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Adrián Ponce Álvarez Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jorge Ramirez Ruiz Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Adam Ranson Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
David Reyner Parra Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Anna Rifé Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Emma Roscow Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Alex Roxin Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Giulio Ruffini Neuroelectrics Barcelona SL
Marcel Ruiz Mejias Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Marc Sabio Universitat de Barcelona
Ludovico Saint Amour di Chanaz Universitat de Barcelona
Jordi Saludes Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Diogo Santos-Pata Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
Carolina Schneider Bender Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Marc Schwartz Pallejà Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Balma Serrano Porcar Universitat de Barcelona
Vivek Sharma Universitat de Barcelona
Silvana Silva Pereira Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC-UPF)
Carles Sindreu IDIBAPS
Maria Sol Vidal Saez Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jordi Soriano Fradera Universitat de Barcelona
Ismael T. Freire Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
Adrià Tauste Campo Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Melanie Tschiersch IDIBAPS
Laura Ulysse Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Alice Vidal Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Citlalli Vivar Aburto Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Xiongbo Wu Universitat de Barcelona
Pan Ye Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Gorka Zamora-López Universitat Pompeu Fabra
*Updated June 30, 2021

Poster and contributed talks

Participants have the option to contribute with a talk or with a poster. The poster boards measure one meter wide by two meters high.

To apply, please, finalise the registration procedure and then submit the abstract of your talk using the form below:
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There will be prizes for the best students contributions​

Lodging information

  • For lodging in the area please click here​
  • For off-campus and family accommodation click here​​​  



For inquiries about the activity please contact the research programs coordinator Ms. Núria Hernández at​​