10th & 11th June 2014
by Bart Cooreman, Rachel King & Chiron Oderkerk
In June the INDIREA network met in Copenhagen for their second international Bootcamp. The aim of the meeting was to learn about the Theory of Visual Attention (TVA) and how it can be applied. There was a mix of lectures and discussions which covered everything from the mathematical principles, to applied patient work.
Claus Bundesen kicked off the meeting with an introduction to the theoretical framework of TVA, and its neural interpretation (NTVA). Søren Kyllingsbæk focused on the various paradigms and its methodological issues, while Anders Petersen covered the methods for fitting individuals’ TVA-parameters from appropriate data. This last talk was followed by a workshop which allowed students the opportunity take part in a TVA experiment and to apply Matlab-based TVA-models.
On the second day, the focus shifted to the use of TVA in more applied research: Thomas Habekost laid out studies of patients with lesions. Iris Wiegand, in turn, talked about current attempts to find neurophysiological biomarkers of TVA. Signe Vangkilde discussed current attempts to improve neuropharmacological approaches. Finally, Claus Bundesen allowed for questions and discussions regarding the specifics of TVA.
Following the Bootcamp there was a TVA conference which illuminated both the scope for application and the future direction of TVA modelling. The trip also provided opportunities for members of INDIREA to network during a series of dinners and explorations of the city. The staff and students from the university were very welcoming, knowledgeable, and delivered a good balance between academic content, discussion, and cultural exchange. Overall the Bootcamp proved both enjoyable and valuable for the attending INDIREA students.
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