Save the Date and Call for applications for Prof. Karniel Young Investigator Award      

Dear colleagues and friends,

The 14th Annual Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Karniel Computational Motor Control Workshop ( will take place during March 13-15, 2018.

We are pleased to announce that this year's opening keynote will be delivered by Prof. John Rothwell (University College of London) and that our confirmed speakers are:

Maura Casadio, University of Genova, IT

Dana Cohen, Bar-Ilan University, IL

Andrea Davella, University of Messina , IT

Opher Donchin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL

Simon Little, Oxford University, UK

Carsten Mehring, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, GE

Tony Prescott,  University of Sheffield, UK

Elizabeth Torres, Rutgers University, USA

Bernadette van Wilk, University College of London, UK

Prof. Karniel Young Investigator Award: The organizing committee invites senior PhD students, postdoctoral research fellows and young investigators to submit an abstract for an oral presentation together with their CV. The organizing committee will choose one of the abstracts for presentation and will cover part of the travel expenses of the speaker. Applications for the award should be sent by November 30, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More about the workshop:  Our workshop (now in its 14th year) revolves around an intense day of short lectures and poster sessions, followed by a day of hiking in Israel’s beautiful natural landscape. We take a very broad view of the term 'computational'. We encourage participation not only of those whose research into motor systems involves computational aspects in the experimental design, data collection and data analysis but also of those who feel their work might be interesting to computational researchers and have an interest in developing the computational component of their research.

Scientific committee:

Chair                               Dr. Ilana Nisky, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Program Chair                Dr. Lior Shmuelof, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

                                      Prof. Opher Donchin, Ben-Gurion University, Israel

   Dr. Nicole Malfait, Neuroscience Institute Timone, France

   Prof. Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, Northwestern University, USA

   Prof. Ehud Ahissar, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

   Prof. Eilon Vaadia, ELSC, Hebrew University, Israel

Please feel encouraged to forward to any colleague who you think might find this call of interest, as well as posting our flyer on your department bullettin board!

 * On Sunday and Monday before the workshop (March 11 and 12, 2018), the EU H2020 Murie Curie project called PACE (Perception and Action in Complex Enivornments) is hosting an international panel of lectures on the subject of motor rehabilitation. We will soon send additional details about this exciting additional opportunity.

Organizing committee

Prof. Opher Donchin

Dr. Ilana Nisky

Dr. Lior Shmuelof

Orit Cohen-Rothman


The basal ganglia play a key role in normal behavior and multiple pathologies such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, Tourette syndrome and others. There is a growing interest in the impact of intrinsic properties of basal ganglia neurons on the computational transformation of information of sub-cellular compartments, single neurons, and neuronal networks. The major difficulty in assessing the contribution of intrinsic neuronal properties to computation is the need to safely transverse several levels of neuronal computation without losing key properties of the system. The workshop aims to bring together a multidisciplinary group of experimental and theoretical neuroscientists for a series of lectures and discussions focusing on the computational properties of basal ganglia neurons. Furthermore, the workshop aims to link the basic properties of the neuronal elements of the basal ganglia with the behavioral and clinical outcome of both normal and pathological computation.

The workshop will be held in the Gonda brain center between December 4th and 6th 2017.  Preliminary program, list of speakers and a registration form can be found at the conference web page at .