[Comp-neuro] Call for Workshop Proposals: NIPS 2006
rao at cs.washington.edu
Wed Jul 19 21:14:12 CEST 2006
CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
Neural Information Processing Systems -- Natural and Synthetic
NIPS 2006 Post-Conference Workshops -- December 8 and 9, 2006
Whistler Resort & Spa and the Whistler Hilton Resort & Spa, BC, CANADA
Workshop Proposal Deadline: August 4, 2006
Following the Neural Information Processing Systems 2006 Conference in
Vancouver, BC, Canada, workshops on a variety of current topics in
neural information processing will be held on December 8 and 9, 2006, in
Whistler, BC, Canada. We invite researchers interested in chairing one
of these workshops to submit proposals for workshops. The goal of the
workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss
important research questions and challenges. Controversial issues, open
problems, and comparisons of competing approaches are not only
encouraged but preferred as workshop topics. Representation of
alternative viewpoints and panel-style discussions are also particularly
encouraged. Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:
Active Learning, Attention, Audition, Bayesian Networks, Bayesian
Statistics, Benchmarking, Biophysics, Brain-Machine Interfaces,
Brain Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Biology and
Bioinformatics, Computational Complexity, Control,
Genetic/Evolutionary Algorithms, Graphical Models, Hippocampus and
Memory, Human-Computer Interfaces, Implementations, Independent
Component Analysis, Kernel Methods, Mean-Field Methods, Music,
Network Dynamics, Neural Coding, Neural Plasticity, Neuromorphic
Systems, On-Line Learning, Optimization, Robotics, Rule Extraction,
Self-Organization, Signal Processing, Spike Timing, Speech,
Supervised/Unsupervised Learning, Time Series, Topological Maps, and
This year, we are especially interested in workshops on cutting-edge
research in Neuroscience.
There will be six hours of workshop meetings per day, split into morning
and afternoon sessions, with free time between the sessions for ongoing
individual exchange or outdoor activities. Selected workshops may be
invited to submit proceedings for publication in the post-NIPS workshops
monographs series published by the MIT Press.
Workshop organizers have several responsibilities, including:
* Coordinating workshop participation and content, including
arranging short informal presentations by experts, arranging for
expert commentators to sit on discussion panels, formulating
discussion topics, etc.
* Moderating the discussion, and reporting its findings and
conclusions to the group during the evening plenary sessions.
* Writing a brief summary and/or coordinating submitted material for
post-conference electronic dissemination.
Interested parties must submit a proposal for a workshop by
August 4, 2006.
Proposals should include a title, description of what the workshop is to
address and accomplish, proposed workshop length (1 or 2 days), planned
format (e.g., lectures, group discussions, panel discussion,
combinations of the above, etc.), and proposed speakers. Names of
potential invitees should be given where possible. Preference will be
given to workshops that reserve a significant portion of time for open
discussion or panel discussion, as opposed to a pure "mini-conference"
format. An example format is:
* Tutorial lecture providing background and introducing terminology
relevant to the topic.
* Discussion or panel presentation.
* Short talks or panels alternating with discussion and
* General discussion and wrap-up.
We suggest that organizers allocate at least 50% of the workshop
schedule to questions, discussion, and breaks. Past experience suggests
that workshops otherwise degrade into mini-conferences as talks begin to
run over. For the same reason, we strongly recommend that each workshop
include no more than 12 talks per day.
The proposal should motivate why the topic is of interest, why it should
be discussed, and the targeted group of participants. It should include
a brief rÃ©sumÃ© of the prospective workshop chair with a list of
publications to establish scholarship in the field. We encourage
workshops that build, continue, or arise from one or more workshops from
previous years. Please mention any such connections. Detailed
descriptions of previous workshops may be found at:
NIPS does not provide travel funding for workshop speakers. In the
past, some workshops have sought and received funding from external
sources to bring in outside speakers. In any case, the organizers of
each accepted workshop can name two individuals to receive free
registration for the workshop program.
Proposals should be emailed as plain text to:
nips-workshops at cc.gatech.edu <mailto:nips-workshops at cc.gatech.edu>
(please do not use attachments, Word, postscript, html, or pdf files) by
August 4, 2006. Submissions should include the name, address, email
address, phone and fax numbers for all organizers. If there is more
than one organizer, please designate one organizer as the primary contact.
Charles Isbell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rajesh Rao, University of Washington
NIPS 2006 Workshops Co-Chairs
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