[What's new]

August 23: The final program is available for download. Flow charts for wifi and coding environments were added. We are not going to provide the printed program booklet on site. Print it by yourself if you need it.

August 21: A prelimiary program is available for download. Information about the time table, maps and resources for preparation for the tutorials are included. We are not going to provide the printed program booklet on site. Print it by yourself if you need it.

July 11: We selected 30 participants from more than 60 applicants. The results were notified to the applicants.

July 1: Regstration was closed. Selection will be made and the results will be notified to the applicants.

April 8: The web site is open.


  • Date: From August 31, 9 pm to September 1, 2pm
  • Venue: The conference room at the 1st floor of the national institute for physiological sciences (NIPS)
  • Fee: Free (For joining get-together on August 31, pay 1,000 JPY at the registration desk)
  • Organizers: Hideaki Shimazaki (Kyoto Univ., Kyoto), Masaki Isoda (NIPS, Okazaki) and Masatoshi Yoshida (NIPS, Okazaki)
  • Contact: Masatoshi Yoshida (myoshi@nips.ac.jp)
  • This program is supported by the grant by National Institutes of Natural Sciences: Field Fusion Joint Research Project.

Registration was already closed on July 1.

[Greetings from organizers]

A tutorial workshop of the Free Energy Principle: We will have a 2-days tutorial workshop of Free Energy Principle on Aug.31-Sep.1 at the National Institute of Physiological Science in Japan.

We are deeply grateful that we could invite Christopher Buckley @drclbuckley and his student Alec Tschantz @a_tschantz from Sussex University as our teachers. They will do lectures and hands-on Python tutorials on FEP and expected FE.

Four tutors will support their course. Two come from Araya Inc. of @kanair. I would like to thank them as well.

The selection was competitive despite that the information was circulated only in Japan: we had to select 30 participants from ~70 applications. Students, postdocs and professors with diverse background (including economics or philosophy) are invited to come.

Following this tutorial, we will have a symposium on FEP and adaptive principles of the brain in general. NIPS workshop 2018: From theories of brains to the body and the world (written mostly in Japanese)

Martin Biehl, Takuya Isomura, Hitoshi Okamoto, Toshio Inui, and others will talk. Unfortunately, this workshop also reached maximum of 80 participants.

I think that interests on the FEP (or unified theoretical approaches) are continuously growing in Japan as well, and hope that there will be substantial contributions from the community.

We are looking forward to seeing all students and enjoying programming together.