CNS*2019 Workshop

Phase Transitions in Brain Networks


Phase transitions occur in a variety of physical and biological systems, including brain networks. They are characterized by instabilities that generate special dynamical properties, which are associated with dynamical and functional benefits. Phase transition is also an appealing framework that has been utilised to explain pathological brain activity. Historically, the idea of phase transitions in the brain is not new and has sparked some controversy over the years. In this half-day workshop, a number of current world-class experts will revisit the possible roles of phase transitions in the brain. They will discuss the recent progress in the field and the relevance and limitations of this framework to computational neuroscience. In order to further exploit and explicitize contemporary viewpoints on the promises and pitfalls of phase transitions in the brain, we will end this workshop with a roundtable discussion in which the speakers and the audience will be invited to participate.

When: July 16.

Where: Barcelona.


Anna Levina (MPI): Influence of spatial structure on data processing and phase transitions in neuronal networks

Serena di Santo (Universidad de Granada): Building a Landau-Ginzburg theory of the brain 

Jonathan Touboul (Brandeis University): The statistical mechanics of noise-induced phase transitions 

Fernando Santos (UFPE): Topological phase transitions in functional brain networks 

James Roberts (QIMRB): Geometry and fragility of the human connectome 

Linda Douw (Amsterdam UMC): A historical perspective on phase transitions in the brain 


Leonardo Gollo (QIMRB)

Linda Douw (Amsterdam UMC)

Past events:

CNS*2016 Workshop