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ConGen--A Simulator-Agnostic Visual Language for Definition and Generation of Connectivity in Large and Multiscale Neural Networks

Patrick Herbers, Iago Calvo, Sandra Díaz-Pier, Óscar D. Robles, Susana Mata, Pablo Toharia, Luis Pastor, Alexander Peyser, Abigail Morrison, Wouter Klijn
Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, Volume 15, page 72 - jan 2022
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An open challenge on the road to unraveling the brain's multilevel organization is establishing techniques to research connectivity and dynamics at different scales in time and space, as well as the links between them. This work focuses on the design of a framework that facilitates the generation of multiscale connectivity in large neural networks using a symbolic visual language capable of representing the model at different structural levels—ConGen. This symbolic language allows researchers to create and visually analyze the generated networks independently of the simulator to be used, since the visual model is translated into a simulator-independent language. The simplicity of the front end visual representation, together with the simulator independence provided by the back end translation, combine into a framework to enhance collaboration among scientists with expertise at different scales of abstraction and from different fields. On the basis of two use cases, we introduce the features and possibilities of our proposed visual language and associated workflow. We demonstrate that ConGen enables the creation, editing, and visualization of multiscale biological neural networks and provides a whole workflow to produce simulation scripts from the visual representation of the model.

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BibTex references

@Article\{HCDRMTPPMK22,
  author       = "Herbers, Patrick and Calvo, Iago and Díaz-Pier, Sandra and Robles, Óscar D. and Mata, Susana and Toharia, Pablo and Pastor, Luis and Peyser, Alexander and Morrison, Abigail and Klijn, Wouter",
  title        = "ConGen--A Simulator-Agnostic Visual Language for Definition and Generation of Connectivity in Large and Multiscale Neural Networks",
  journal      = "Frontiers in Neuroinformatics",
  volume       = "15",
  pages        = "72",
  month        = "jan",
  year         = "2022",
  url          = "http://gmrv.es/Publications/2022/HCDRMTPPMK22"
}

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