Barccsyn 2023

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From May 25, 2023
to May 26, 2023
Registration deadline 15 / 05 / 2023



(SCM and SCB: 100€)

*It covers coffee breaks, lunch, and wine & cheese.

Sala Prat de la Riba, Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC)

Carrer del Carme, 47, 08001 Barcelona

Institut d'Estudis Catalans






The annual Barcelona Computational, Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience (BARCCSYN) meeting 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 11th annual Barccsyn conference.  The conference will be held on May 25 and 26, 2023, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans.  Each day we will have 8-10 brief oral presentations from local researchers, a poster session and two longer keynote lectures from two renowned researchers from abroad.
BARCCSYN 2023 is the first edition organised by the section Neurociència computacional i de sistemes that belongs to the Societat Catalana de Biologia and Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques.



Gemma Huguet | Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – CRM
Chiara Mastrogiuseppe | Universitat Pompeu Fabra 
Adrián Ponce Álvarez | Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Klaus Wimmer | CRM

Keynote speakers

Emergence of organization and computation in neural circuits across scales

Julijana Gjorgjieva

Julijana Gjorgjieva

Technische Universität München

Professor Gjorgjieva conducts research in the fields of computational and theoretical neuroscience. She is interested in how brain circuits become tuned to maintain a balance between constant change as we learn new things, and robustness to produce reliable behavior. In particular, she concentrates on two aspects of neural circuit organization, looking at how it emerges from the interaction of neuronal and synaptic properties during development, and from optimality and energy conservation principles that operate over the longer timescales of evolution.

Professor Gjorgjieva studied mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in California, USA. After obtaining a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 2011, she spent five years in the USA as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and Brandeis University, supported by grants from the Swartz Foundation and the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund. In 2016, she set up an independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt and joined TUM as an assistant professor shortly after as part of the MaxPlanck@TUM program. She received tenure and joined TUM as a full professor in 2022. She is also a member of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Munich.


Many nervous systems develop and form functional circuits through a long period of development involving a myriad of mechanisms. Some of these are determined by genes and molecules, while others depend on neural activity patterns. I will present how these diverse mechanisms work together to set up neural circuits shortly after an animal is born, enabling it to gradually acquire its cognitive and behavioral capabilities. I will focus on the visual system, and demonstrate how neural circuits became established and capable of performing different computations. I will focus on some specific mechanisms such as inhibitory synaptic plasticity and the emergence of excitatory and inhibitory balance, and its role in the detection of novel stimuli.  


Planning and serial reasoning in premotor cortex

Maurizio Mattia

Maurizio Mattia

Italian National Institute of Health (ISS)

Professor Mattia is a physicist with a PhD in Neurophysiology, holding a permanent Researcher position at the National Centre for Radiation Protection and Computational Physics of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Institute of Health, Rome). His main interest is in bridging the gap between theory and experimental evidence on cortical network dynamics, by developing innovative data analyses and computational approaches.


Planning is the cognitive function underlying our ability to organize, for example, the motor output needed to achieve a future goal such as making a sandwich. The premotor cortex (PMC) with its integrative features is a key component of the brain network underpinning this function. Indeed, PMC has an active role in sensory-motor associations and in the compositional computation giving rise to a goal-directed sequence of actions.

Here I will discuss how the collective dynamics of PMC in monkeys unfolds to encode the plan to move and how unpredictable events leading to stop movement initiation are processed. I will focus on the mechanistic underpinnings responsible for the metastable dynamics resulting from the coordinated activity of heterogeneous cell assemblies.

Starting from the capability of PMC to process multiple competing sensory information and transform them into appropriate motor decisions, I will speculate on the possible role of this area in serial reasoning. Indeed, ordering arbitrary stimuli and actions as a sequence is a critical computational skill for planning. Thinking for instance to the aforementioned sandwich, after having taken the bread and cut it, it must eventually be stuffed before it is ready to be eaten.

To this purpose I will refer to the transitive inference task, where a subject knowing that A > B and B > C must infer that the item A has a higher rank than C (A > C). Finally, I will provide evidence that PMC is directly involved in solving this task by showing a neuronal correlate of the mental line in which the presented items are ordered. This in agreement with a theoretical expectation that the mental line results from a simple geometric computation.

List of participants

Name Institution
Alex Roxin Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Sofia Raglio Sapienza University of Rome
Arnau Busquets Garcia Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques
Júlia Pinho Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques
Sundus Zafar Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Gustavo Patow Universitat de Girona
Karla Padilla Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Pan Ye Li Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Melina Timplalexi Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Estefanía Moreno Universitat de Barcelona
Klaus Wimmer Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Jacopo Epifanio Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Gloria Cecchini Universitat de Barcelona
Lou Zonca Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Patrick McAndrew National University of Ireland
Elvira del Agua Banyeres Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Chiara Mastrogiuseppe Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Alexandra Lillo Escuder Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Irene Acero Pousa Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Sebastian Geli Universitat Pompeu Fabra
fatmaalzahraa aboalasaad Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Joan Gort Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Jakub Vohryzek Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Anaïs Espinoso Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Bastian Pietras Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Silvia Daun University of Cologne
Isabel Maria Cornacchia University of Edinburgh
Karla Ivankovic Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Alexandre Garcia-Duran Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Pau Pomés Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jordi Abante Llenas Universitat de Barcelona
Yonatan Sanz Perl Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Gabriele Di Antonio Roma Tre University
Gorka Zamora-López Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Vicent Navarro Arroyo Universitat de València
Neus Pou Amengual Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Alexandre Mahrach IDIBAPS
Miguel Donderis Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Anna Wilson Ganzabal Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Abdul Parveen Lubna Shaheen Universitat Jaume I de Castelló
Alexis Pérez-Bellido Universitat de Barcelona
Demetrio Ferro Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Francesco Damiani Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jorge Ramirez Ruiz Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Rodrigo Pérez-Ordoyo Bellido Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Marina Vegué Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Pau Clusella Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Daniele De Pasquale University of Bologna
Citlalli Vivar Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Joan Salvador Ardid Ramírez Universitat Politècnica de València
Antoni Guillamon Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
René Skukies University of Stuttgart
Gemma Huguet Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Benjamín Pascual Estrugo Universitat Politècnica de València
Pedro Mateos-Aparicio Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Paulina Clara Dagnino Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Juan Manuel Monti National University of Rosario
Ludovica Mana Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Marian Martínez Marín Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Justo Montoya Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Marc Schwartz Palleja Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Dmytro Grytskyy Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Alice Vidal Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Elvira García Guzmán Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Rubén Moreno Bote Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Wiep Stikvoort Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ernest Montbrió Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Manuel Molano-Mazón IDIBAPS
Manuel Valero García Institut Hospital del Mar d\\\'Investigacions Mèdiques (IMIM)
Silvia Vilariño León Universitat Politècnica de València
Raphael Kaplan Universitat Jaume I de Castelló
Sara Ibañez Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Akke Mats Houben Universitat de Barcelona
Marc Grau Leguia Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Raul Adell Segarra Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
BRIAN NICOLAS MEDINA LEANDRO Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Marta Rodriguez Universitat Jaume I de Castelló
Julian Schulte Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Joan Mora Juvanteny Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Ferran Craven-Bartle Corominas Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Carlota Pagès Portabella Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Khashayar Baghizadeh Hosseini Universitat de Barcelona
Andriana Karuk FIDMAG
Gianni Valerio Vinci Istituto Superiore di Sanita\\\'
David Blair Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Lucía Arancibia Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Nicolás Pollan Hauer Centre de Recerca Matemàtica
Michael DePass Universitat Pompeu Fabra
marina martinez-garcia Universitat Jaume I de Castelló
Jaime de la Rocha IDIBAPS
Melanie Tschiersch IDIBAPS
Manel Vila-Vidal Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Balma Serrano Porcar Universitat de Barcelona
Cornelius Bergmann Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Adrián Ponce Alvarez Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Julijana Gjorgjieva Technical University of Munich
Maurizio Mattia Italian National Institute of Health (ISS)
Adam Ranson Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
Alexis Cerván IDIBAPS
Albert Compte IDIBAPS
carles sindreu IDIBAPS

Poster and contributed talks

Participants have the option to contribute with a talk or a poster presentation. The poster boards that are available at the venue measure one meter wide by two meters high. Any poster size within these limits is fine.
    • Deadline: 25/04/2023
    • Resolutions will be sent before 05/05/2023

To apply, please, finalise the registration procedure and then submit the abstract of your talk using the form below:



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