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Modeller's Workshop

Building Custom Models with the Brain Dynamics Toolbox

Learn the art of programming differential equations in Matlab using the Brain Dynamics Toolbox. Participants are taken step-by-step through the process of programming differential equations and solving them numerically. The course reveals the secrets of the Matlab solvers and the best technique for parameterizing your equations. The method is then extended to building custom models that can run in the toolbox graphical interface with no graphical programming effort. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to simulate custom systems of Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Delay Differential Equations and Stochastic Differential Equations. Example code is provided in all cases.

Important Dates
The course is currently closed. It will be offered again in July 2019.

Lifetime Access
This is a self-paced on-line course. After enrolling, students have unlimited lifetime access to the course materials across any and all devices they own.

Recommended Text
Heitmann & Breakspear. Handbook for the Brain Dynamics Toolbox. Version 2018b. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. ISBN 9781728781884.


Your Instructor


Stewart Heitmann
Stewart Heitmann

Dr Stewart Heitmann is a Computational Scientist at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Visiting Scientist at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. He is the creator of the Brain Dynamics Toolbox and lives in Sydney, Australia.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I need Matlab?
Yes. You will need a basic installation of Matlab R2014b or newer. The toolbox will not work with Octave.
Are there any prerequisites?
A basic knowledge of Matlab programming is assumed. The Toolbox Basics course is recommended as a primer to the Brain Dynamics Toolbox.
30-day refund
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is not open for enrollment.