Tom Tetzlaff

Inst. of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6)
Computational and Systems Neuroscience

Research Center Jülich



Curriculum vitae

Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

(winter term 2011/12)


introductory course for
  • MS Physics (minor-field module "Biophysics")
  • MS Biology (supplementary module for advanced studies "Bioinformatics")
  • PhD students in Computational Neuroscience


Course introduction
(Sonja Grün)   

1. Anatomy of the cortex

(Tom Tetzlaff; lecture slides)
  • macroscopic cortex structure
  • microscopic structure
  • cortical connectivity
2. Probabilistic description of neuronal signals
(Tom Tetzlaff; lecture slides)
  • firing variability
  • neural codes
  • point processes
  • relation between spike-count and interval statistics
  • correlation functions and spectra
  • shot-noise
3. Single neuron models
(Tom Tetzlaff; lecture slides)
  • basics electrophysiology
  • LIF model
  • non-linear IaF models
  • conductances
4. Single neuron models
(Tom Tetzlaff; lecture slides)
  • HH model
  • 2D neuron models
  • multicompartment models
  • model classification
5. Network models
(Moritz Helias)

6. Analysis of neuronal activity: Spiking activity
(Sonja Grün)


  • Dayan & Abbott (2005), Theoretical Neuroscience: Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Neural Systems, MIT Press (www)
  • Abeles (1991), Corticonics: Neural Circuits of the Cerebral Cortex, Cambridge University Press (www)
  • Izhikevich (2010), Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting, MIT Press (www)
  • Gerstner & Kistler (2002), Spiking neuron models: single neurons, populations, plasticity, Cambridge University Press (www, free online version)
  • see also references in lecture material

Additional Information:

  • SWS: 3
  • ECTS credits: 5 ECT (after passing written exam and participation in exercises [protocols, oral presentations])
  • language: English
  • location: Institute of Biology, Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 15, UMIC Bldg., Room 305, RWTH Aachen University
  • time: winter term 2011/12, Thursday's, 9am-10:30am
  • exam: written exam at the end of the course