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2023 Lake Conference Attendee Information

September 17-21, 2023

Venue detailsImage of the hotel venue for this conference

  • The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington hotel in Renton, WA. The hotel is a convenient 10 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. The hotel can be reached by public transport, taxis, sea plane and kayak!
  • Check-in to the hotel begins at 4:00pm each day.
  • The event will take place on the 3rd floor of the hotel. All talks will be held in the Lake Washington Ballroom. All meals except the welcome reception will be held in the Bellevue Rooms.

Allen Institute Visit

On Wednesday, September 20, we will take ground transportation from the Hyatt Regency hotel to visit the Allen Institute. The visit will be followed by a boat cruise on Lake Washington. If you would like to opt out of the boat cruise, please email [email protected]. Children under 18 are not allowed to visit the Allen Institute and will not be allowed on the boat.
Alternate ground transportation to return to the hotel will be provided. See the map linked below for walking directions from the Allen Institute to the boat dock near the Museum of History and Industry.

VIEW WALKING Directions to Boat Dock


Time Activity Location
17:00-19:00 Registration Opens & Reception Begins Lake Washington Ballroom Terrace
19:00-20:00 Introduction: Rui Costa, Allen Institute Lake Washington Ballroom
Opening Remarks: Chair: Karel Svoboda, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics
Keynote Lecture: Sebastien Bubeck, Microsoft Research | Title TBD
Time Activity Location
08:00-09:00 Breakfast Bellevue Room
Chair: Tom Mrsic-Flogel
09:00-09:25 Surya Ganguli, Stanford University
Title TBD
Lake Washington Ballroom
09:25-09:50 Silvia Arber, Biozentrum & FMI, Basel
Licensing actions through basal ganglia and brainstem circuits
09:50-10:15 Eugenia Chiappe, Champalimaud Research
Recurrent circuit interactions for invariant self-motion estimation in walking Drosophila
10:15-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:25 Tim Behrens, Oxford University
Representing the structure of sequences
Lake Washington Ballroom
11:25-11:50 SueYeon Chung, New York University & Flatiron Institute
Title TBD
11:50-12:15 Dora Angelaki, New York University
Title TBD
12:15-14:00 Lunch Bellevue Room
Chair: Tatiana Engel
14:00-14:25 Hidehiko Inagaki, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Neocortical mechanisms of motor learning
Lake Washington Ballroom
14:25-14:50 Vanessa Ruta, The Rockefeller University
Adaptive circuit algorithms for olfactory navigation
14:50-15:15 Bence Ölveczky, Harvard University
Neural circuits underlying learned motor sequence execution
15:15-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:25 Jeremiah Cohen, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics
Title TBD
Lake Washington Ballroom
16:25-16:50 Bob Datta, Harvard University
Title TBD
16:50-17:15 Rainer Friedrich, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Computational functions of neuronal assemblies in a synaptically balanced memory network
17:30-19:00 Dinner Bellevue Room
19:00-21:00 Poster Session 1 (A-K) Seattle Rooms
Time Activity Location
08:00-09:00 Breakfast Bellevue Room
Chair: Nachum Ulanovski
09:00-09:25 Ken Harris, University College London – remote presentation
Secondary motor cortex drives perseverative behavior in mice
Lake Washington Ballroom
09:25-09:50 Marina Garrett, Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics
Stimulus novelty uncovers functional diversity in visual cortical circuits
09:50-10:15 Ştefan Mihalaş, Allen Institute
Computing with dynamic synapses
10:15-10:25 Amy Orsborn, University of Washington
Flexible multi-modal electrophysiology for data-driven neuronal network measurements in non-human primates
10:25-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:25 Mehrdad Jazayeri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vector production via mental navigation in the entorhinal cortex
Lake Washington Ballroom
11:25-11:50 Claudia Clopath, Imperial College London
De novo motor learning creates structure in neural activity space that shapes adaptation
11:50-12:15 Laura Driscoll, Stanford University
Flexible multitask computation in recurrent networks utilizes shared dynamical motifs
12:15-14:00 Lunch Bellevue Room
Chair: Eugenia Chiappe Lake Washington Ballroom
14:00-14:25 Alexandre Pouget, University of Geneva
Brain wide representations of prior information in mouse decision-making
14:25-14:50 Ila Fiete, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A theory of hippocampal episodic memory unified with and enabled by prestructured spatial representations
14:50-15:15 Edvard Moser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Computing space in networks of the entorhinal cortex
15:15-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:25 Georg Keller, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Cortical circuits for predictive processing
Lake Washington Ballroom
16:25-16:50 Agostina Palmigiano, Columbia University
Title TBD
16:50-17:15 Tony Zador, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
From Circuitry to Computation
17:30-19:00 Dinner Bellevue Room
19:00-21:00 Poster Session 2 (L-Z) Seattle Room
Time Activity Location
08:00-09:00 Breakfast Bellevue Room
Chair: Georg Keller
09:00-09:25 Anne Churchland, University of California, Los Angeles
Engaged decision-makers align spontaneous movements to stereotyped task demands
Lake Washington Ballroom
09:25-09:50 Tatiana Engel, Princeton University
Latent circuit inference from heterogeneous neural responses during cognitive tasks
09:50-10:15 Dan Yamins, Stanford University
Title TBD
10:15-10:25 Rajesh Rao, University of Washington
A Sensory-Motor Theory of the Neocortex based on Active Predictive Coding
10:25-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:10 Chi Zhang, Allen Institute of Brain Science
Local connectivity of mouse primary visual cortex
Lake Washington Ballroom
11:10-11:35 Dan Turner-Evans, University of California, Santa Cruz
Title TBD
11:35-12:00 Ilana Witten, Princeton University
Learning from post-ingestive feedback
12:00-12:25 Ann Hermundstad, Janelia Research Campus
Structural priors for rapid learning
12:25-14:00 Lunch Bellevue Room
14:00 Load Buses Meet in Hyatt Regency Lobby
14:00-18:00 Visit the Allen Institute
15:00-16:00 Allen Institute Science
Bosiljka Tasic, Nuno da Costa, Josh Siegle
Allen Institute Auditorium
16:00-17:00 Allen Institute Tours
Neural Dynamics, Brain Science
16:00-18:00 Allen Institute Reception & Posters
18:00 Load Cruise Boat
18:00 Those who opted out of the cruise load into coach
Return to Hyatt Regency hotel
18:30-21:00 Boat Cruise
Dinner, beer, and wine will be provided with a cash bar for spirits.
Please email [email protected] to opt out of the cruise and take a shuttle back to the hotel instead. 
Argosy Cruise – Lake Washington
Time Activity Location
08:00-09:00 Breakfast Bellevue Room
Chair: Georg Keller
09:00-09:25 Nachum Ulanovsky, Weizmann Institute of Science
Neural codes for natural behaviors in flying bats
Lake Washington Ballroom
09:25-09:50 Beth Buffalo, University of Washington
Title TBD
09:50-10:00 Dylan Rich, Princeton University
Dynamic Neural Representations in the Hippocampus During Flexible Navigation
10:00-10:10 Eleanor Brown, Boston University
Dopamine cue responses encode a heading direction error with spatially varying representations across the striatum
10:10-10:40 Coffee Break 
10:40-10:50 Vivek Athalye, Columbia University
The striatum encodes and modulates specific forces of the forelimb
Lake Washington Ballroom
10:50-11:15 Carl Schoonover, Allen Institute of Neural Dynamics
Experience dependence of connectivity in olfactory cortex
11:15-11:40 Liping Wang, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
The control of sequence working memory in macaque frontal cortex
11:40-13:00 Lunch Bellevue Room
13:00 Departure  

*All times and topics are subject to change.


Poster Presentations

Poster sessions will take place after talks on September 18 and 19.

  • Presenters are assigned a presentation day according to last name with A-K presenting on September 18 and L-K presenting on September 19, unless you have contacted us for an exception.
  • Posters will not be assigned poster numbers or locations. Easels, 40″x60″ poster boards, and clips will be provided. Poster boards can be turned in either landscape or portrait orientation.
  • Poster printing services will not be available onsite. Please plan to bring your printed poster with you to Seattle.


We are striving to make this event as safe as possible. If you do not feel well, please do not attend the conference.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.