Please register here for the Computational Psychiatry Course Zurich 2019.
Registration closes in August 2019. Note that spaces are limited, first come first serve.


This course is designed to provide students across fields (neuroscience, psychiatry, physics, biology, psychology....) with the necessary toolkit to master challenges in computational psychiatry research.

The CPC Zurich is meant to be practically useful for students at all levels (MDs, Master, PhD, Postdoc, PI) coming from diverse backgrounds (neuroscience, psychology, medicine, engineering, physics, etc.), who would like to apply modeling techniques to study learning, decision-making or brain physiology in patients with psychiatric disorders. The course will teach not only the theory of computational modeling, but also demonstrate software in application to example data sets.

We strongly believe in open source and open science, therefore, the content of the course will be made freely accessible on the web.


4 days + 1 day (Practical Tutorials)

2nd – 6th September 2019

Registration Start
February 2019

Registration Ends
August 2019

Designed For

Master Students, PhDs, PostDocs, Clinicians and anyone interested in Computational Psychiatry

ECTS Points
3 (only for University of Zurich and ETH students)
Note that you will have to register in ETH MyStudies / UZH course catalogue in addition to registering here.
The course will be part of the HS2019 and is not yet available in course catalogues.

Course Fee
Main Course (day 1-4):
   CHF 500 for external participants
   CHF 100 for University of Zurich & ETH students & scientists
Practical Tutorials (day 5):
   CHF 50 per Practical Tutorial Session for external as well as for University of Zurich & ETH students & scientists


The CPC is divided into two parts: The main course (day 1-4) and in-depth practical tutorials (day 5).


The first day will cover topics in Psychiatry providing a conceptual basis for the type of questions that Computational Psychiatry will need to address.

The second day will explain basic modelling principles (basic mathematical terminology, step-by-step guide on how to build a model, model inversion), models of perception (Psychophysics, Bayesian Models of Perception, Predictive Coding) and models of learning (Bayesian learning, Reinforcement Learning).

The third day will include models of decision making (Active Inference, Drift-Diffusion model), Biophysical Models (Dynamic Causal Models, advanced models of connectivity) and Machine Learning.

The fourth day will feature a series of talks on practical applications of computational models to problems from psychiatry.


The practical tutorials on the fifth day will provide 3-hour, small-group, in-depth and hands-on sessions on a specific modelling approach. To get the most out of the tutorial, students are advised to bring their own laptops along. The practical sessions cover only open-source software packages. The code can be found under the respective links below.

Woo-Young Ahn
Dominik Bach
Michael Browning
Philip Corlett
Tore Erdmann
Olivia Faull
Stephen Fleming
Stefan Frässle
Claire Gillan
Sam Harrison
Jakob Heinzle
Roland von Känel
Andre Marquand
Christoph Mathys
Michael Moutoussis
Martin Paulus
Frederike Petzschner
Lionel Rigoux
Philipp Schwartenbeck
Klaas Enno Stephan
Wesley Thompson
Lilian Weber
Thomas Wolfers
Yu Yao
Ariel Zylberberg
Seoul National University, South Korea
University of Zurich, Switzerland
University of Oxford, UK
Yale School of Medicine, USA
SISSA, Italy
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
UCL London, UK
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
University of Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Donders Institute, Netherlands
SISSA, Italy
Max Planck UCL Centre London, UK
Laureate Institute Tulsa, USA
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Max Planck Institute Cologne, Germany
UCL London, UK
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
University of San Diego, USA
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Donders Institute, Netherlands
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Columbia University New York, USA

Course material will be available closely to the course date.


The Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU) has been organizing the Computational Psychiatry Course in Zurich since 2015. All materials from previous courses can be found here.

Dr. Frederike Petzschner


Prof. Klaas Enno Stephan


Katharina Wellstein

Contact Person

Nicole Zahnd

Contact Person

Heidi Brunner