[Comp-neuro] 2nd CfP: Neural Networks - Special issue on Cortical microcircuits

Dr. Vassilis Cutsuridis vcu at cs.stir.ac.uk
Mon Sep 15 15:44:53 CEST 2008

Second Call for Papers on

======= Cortical Microcircuits ======== 
(formerly known as Neural models of Cortical microcircuits) 

Guest Editors:
J.G. Taylor, T. Wennekers, B.P. Graham, I. Vida, V. Cutsuridis

Special issue of the Elsevier Journal of Neural Networks

To understand how perception, attention, action, learning and memory work, we need to gather data from multiple levels of complexity and from various 
brain states (normal and diseased) and integrate them at the brain-scale level. We need to identify the neuronal groups involved in these functions, their laminar distributions and their different types of neurons, draw detailed circuit diagrams, determine the forms of synaptic transmission and plasticity 
between different neurons and study the dynamics of the cortical microcircuits at the cellular and synaptic level that comprise these neuronal groups. Recent years have witnessed a dramatic accumulation of knowledge about the morphological, physiological and molecular characteristics, as well as the connectivity and synaptic properties of cortical neurons. Despite these advances, however, only limited insight was gained into the computational 
function of the neurons; in particular, the role of the various types of interneurons remains elusive. Mathematical and computational microcircuit models play an instrumental role in exploring microcircuit functions and facilitate the dissection the operations performed by diverse interneurons. 

The goal of the special issue is to provide a snapshot and a resumé of the current state-of-the-art of the ongoing research avenues concerning cortical microcircuits with particular emphasis on the functional roles of the various inhibitory interneurons in information processing within normal and diseased behavioural and cognitive states. The emphasis will be on computational models that are tightly grounded on experimental data. 


- The interaction between the local micro circuit activity and global processing to achieve the desired overall processing functionality observed, say in perception and action,  attention, learning and memory
- Microcircuit architectures: networks of principal and inhibitory inter-neurons within and between lamina, columns, mini-columns, modules, areas and/or across areas in the brain and their functional roles in the network.
    -- Neo-cortex
    -- Hippocampus
    -- Sensory and Motor Systems
- Cross-comparison of architectures from different brain areas
- Identified computations performed by each type of neuron in a network
- Identified modes of operation of a neuronal type and how they are related potentially to behaviour and cognition 
- What synaptic plasticity rules are used

Extended submission deadline: February 1st, 2009 
Author notification: May 2, 2009 

Revised manuscripts: July 1, 2009 

Publication by journal: ~September/October, 2009

Electronic submissions for the Neural Networks journal can be found under http://ees.elsevier.com/neunet/

Please indicate in your cover letter that your article is for the special issue "Cortical Microcircuits"


Dr. Vassilis Cutsuridis
Department of Computing Science and Mathematics
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA 

Tel: +44 1786 467422
Fax: +44 1786 464551
Email: vcu at cs.stir.ac.uk
Web: http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/~vcu/
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