Organization of the summer school


In general, our goal is that the trainees acquire both solid conceptual knowledge and practical skills that will allow them to pursue a complete modeling approach in autonomy when they come back to their lab.

Each topic will be covered based on a mixture of: an introductory lecture; tutorials where trainees apply the method to behavioral datasets with the help of teaching assistants; group project sessions devoted to the application of new techniques to experimental data. In addition, we will have two keynote research talks.

The school will be structured around the following topics (the ordering of the days may change):


We will begin each day with a lecture that introduces the topic, delivered by one of our faculty members. Lectures cover relevant background and the state of the art for the respective set of techniques. Our focus is not on teaching the mathematical derivations; instead, we will teach formal underpinnings where they are critical for providing a conceptual understanding of the approaches described.


We will devote extensive time (around 4 hours on a typical a day) to implementing analyses on real-world behavioral datasets. Experienced Teaching Assistants (TAs) will guide the trainees during all these tutorials.

Group projects

Participants will work in teams of three on a project involving open-access, published behavioral datasets. They will think about how to choose the most relevant of the techniques presented and to best apply them to these data, under supervision by TAs and faculty members. We expect the trainees to implement a (likely partial, yet sound) modeling analysis of these data during the course.

Keynote talks

Two keynote research talks will focus on behavioral and/or neuroscience topics where cutting-edge modeling techniques have been successfully applied. Speakers will put emphasis on how mechanistic models of behavior can illuminate cognitive and neuroscience experiments.

One-to-one meetings with faculty members

We plan one-to-one sessions between trainees and faculty that will provide the opportunity to talk in depth about their work, career plans, etc.

For an idea, this was the program of the 2023 course: