[Comp-neuro] 13th ICCNS: Call for Abstracts and Confirmed Invited Speakers

Brian Bowlby bowlby at bu.edu
Fri Dec 12 16:28:19 CET 2008


THIRTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON COGNITIVE AND NEURAL SYSTEMS

May 27–30, 2009

Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA
http://www.cns.bu.edu/meetings/

Sponsored by the Boston University
Center for Adaptive Systems,
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems (http://www.cns.bu.edu/),
and
Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science, and  
Technology (http://cns.bu.edu/CELEST)
with financial support from the National Science Foundation

This interdisciplinary conference is attended each year by  
approximately 300 people from 30 countries around the world. As in  
previous years, the conference will focus on solutions to the questions:

HOW DOES THE BRAIN CONTROL BEHAVIOR?
HOW CAN TECHNOLOGY EMULATE BIOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE?

The conference is aimed at researchers and students of computational  
neuroscience, cognitive science, neural networks, neuromorphic  
engineering, and artificial intelligence. It includes invited lectures  
and contributed lectures and posters by experts on the biology and  
technology of how the brain and other intelligent systems adapt to a  
changing world. The conference is particularly interested in exploring  
how the brain and biologically-inspired algorithms and systems in  
engineering and technology can learn.  Single-track oral and poster  
sessions enable all presented work to be highly visible. Three-hour  
poster sessions with no conflicting events will be held on two of the  
conference days. Posters will be up all day, and can also be viewed  
during breaks in the talk schedule.

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS
Marisa Carrasco (New York University)
How attention affects perception
Paul Cisek (University of Montreal)
The blurry borders between deciding and doing
John Gabrieli (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Development of learning systems in the human brain
Mary Hayhoe (University of Texas)
Adaptive gaze control in natural environments
David Knill (University of Rochester)
Adaptive Bayesian priors for depth perception
Richard Krauzlis (The Salk Institute)
The soft underbelly of vision and action: The role of the brainstem in  
defining what’s behaviorally relevant
William Marslen-Wilson (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit,  
Cambridge)
Neurobiological foundations for human language: General and specific  
constraints
Alexandre Pouget (University of Rochester)
Generalized probabilistic population codes
Robert Remez (Columbia University)
Specificity and versatility in the perceptual organization of speech:  
Findings and implications
Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge) (Plenary Speaker)
Efficient reward processing through subjective, predictive, and  
adaptive coding
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Boston University)
How learning influences everyday communication
David Van Essen (Washington University)
Functional specialization of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman  
primates
Stan Williams (Hewlett Packard) (Plenary Speaker)
The memristor: An inorganic synapse for neural computation

WORKSHOP ON OBJECT AND SPATIAL LEARNING, RECOGNITION,
AND ATTENTION: FROM CIRCUITS TO CONSCIOUSNESS
Ed Connor (Johns Hopkins University)
Neural representation of object shape in ventral pathway visual cortex
James DiCarlo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Untangling object recognition:  How does the ventral visual stream  
achieve invariant object representation?
Stephen Grossberg (Boston University)
Neural dynamics of attentive object and scene learning and recognition
Nancy Kanwisher (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Feedback of visual object information to foveal retinotopic cortex
Aude Oliva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Remembering thousands of images with high fidelity
Carl Olson (Carnegie Mellon University)
What neurons in monkey inferotemporal cortex tell us about human  
perception
Keiji Tanaka (RIKEN Brain Science Institute)
Representation of object categories in activity patterns of  
inferotemporal cell population

WORKSHOP ON THE NEURAL BASIS OF MENTAL DISORDERS
Ann Graybiel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Learning and memory mechanisms of the basal ganglia
Ralph Hoffman (Yale University)
Steps towards developing an artificial patient with schizophrenia
David Plaut (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Surface dyslexia and semantic dementia: Beyond single-case studies in  
cognitive neuropsychology
Terje Sagvolden (University of Oslo)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder as RED – A reinforcement/ 
extinction disorder
Roger Traub (IBM Watson Research Center)
Fast and very fast (>75 Hz) oscillations in neuropsychiatric disease

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Session Topics:
* vision                                                * object  
recognition
* image understanding                        * neural circuit models
* audition                                             * neural system  
models
* speech and language                       * mathematics of neural  
systems
* unsupervised learning                      * robotics
* supervised learning                          * hybrid systems  
(fuzzy, evolutionary, digital)
* reinforcement and emotion              * neuromorphic VLSI
* sensory-motor control                      * industrial applications
* cognition, planning, and attention     * other
* spatial mapping and navigation

Contributed abstracts must be received, in English, by January 31,  
2009. Email notification of acceptance will be provided by February  
28, 2009.  A meeting registration fee must accompany each abstract.  
The fee will be refunded if the abstract is not accepted for  
presentation. Fees of accepted abstracts will be returned upon written  
request only until April 10, 2009.

Abstracts must not exceed one 8.5"x11" page in length, with 1" margins  
on top, bottom, and both sides in a single-column format with a font  
of 10 points or larger. The title, authors, affiliations, surface, and  
email addresses should begin each abstract. A separate cover letter  
should include the abstract title; name and contact information for  
corresponding and presenting authors; requested preference for oral or  
poster presentation; and a first and second choice from the topics  
above, including whether it is biological (B) or technological (T)  
work [Example: first choice: vision (T); second choice: neural system  
models (B)].

Contributed talks will be 15 minutes long. Posters will be displayed  
for a full day. Overhead, slide, and computer projector facilities  
will be available for talks. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the  
conference proceedings volume. No extended paper will be required.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically as Word files to cindy at bu.edu 
  using the phrase “13th ICCNS abstract submission” in the subject  
line or as paper hard copy (four copies of the abstract with one copy  
of the cover letter and the registration form) to Cynthia Bradford,  
Boston University, CNS Department, 677 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02215  
USA. Fax submissions of the abstract will not be accepted.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is recommended using the  
registration form below. Student registrations must be accompanied by  
a letter of verification from a department chairperson or faculty/ 
research advisor.

STUDENT TRAVEL FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships for PhD candidates and  
postdoctoral fellows who do not live in the Boston area are available  
to help cover travel costs. The application deadline is January 31,  
2009. Email notification will occur by February 28, 2009. Fellowship  
applications should be sent to the abstract submission address shown  
above. Each application should include the applicant's CV; faculty or  
PhD research advisor's name, address, and email address; relevant  
courses and other educational data; a list of research articles; and a  
letter from the faculty or PhD advisor summarizing how the applicant  
may benefit from the meeting. Fellowship applicants who also submit an  
abstract must include the registration fee payment with their abstract  
submission. Fellowship checks will be distributed after the meeting.


REGISTRATION FORM
Thirteenth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems
May 27–30, 2009
Boston University
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA
Fax: +1 617 353 7755

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Affiliation:_________________________________________________________

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The registration fee includes a copy of the conference proceedings  
volume, a reception on Friday night, and 3 coffee breaks each day.

CHECK ONE:
(  ) $95 Conference (Regular)
(  ) $65 Conference (Student)

METHOD OF PAYMENT:
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Checks must be made payable in US dollars and issued by a US  
correspondent bank. Each registrant is responsible for any and all  
bank charges.

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