[Comp-neuro] 14th ICCNS: Call for Abstracts and Confirmed Invited Speakers

Brian Bowlby bowlby at bu.edu
Thu Dec 17 19:28:59 CET 2009

May 19–22, 2010
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA
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://celest.bu.edu)
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:
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.
Moshe Bar (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School)
The proactive brain: Predictions in visual cognition
Leon Chua (University of California, Berkeley) [Plenary Speaker]
Memristor minds
Carol Colby (Carnegie Mellon University)
Active vision
Heiner Deubel (University of Munich)
Attention before goal-directed actions
Stephen Grossberg (Boston University)
Linking What and Where in visual attention, recognition, navigation, and planning
Earl Miller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) [Plenary Speaker]
The prefrontal cortex: Brain rhythms and cognition
Anthony Movshon (New York University)
Reading visual information from neuronal populations
Steven Petersen (Washington University)
Using network analysis tools to study the brain's control systems
Russell Poldrack (UCLA)
Stopping ourselves: The neural basis of response inhibition
Josef Rauschecker (Georgetown University Medical Center)
A functional and computational role for the dorsal stream in space and speech
Barry Richmond (National Institutes of Health)                                                                                                   
Neuropsychological, physiological, and theoretical studies of stimulus-outcome learning in monkeys
Linda Smith (Indiana University)
Head, hand and eye: Action, attention, and learning in toddlers
Xiao-Jing Wang (Yale University)
Computational neurobiology of decision making
Steffen Gais (Ludwig Maximilians University)
Cholinergic and other neurotransmitter influences on memory processing during sleep
Michael Hasselmo (Boston University)
Modulation of grid cells and head direction cells during waking and sleep
Bruce McNaughton (University of Lethbridge)
Memory trace reactivation in sleep
Cliff Saper (Harvard Medical School)
Sleep switches
Robert Stickgold (Harvard Medical School)
Sleep, memory, and dreams:  Beyond consolidation
Erin Wamsley (Harvard Medical School)
Memories in the sleeping brain: A function for our dreams?
Matt Wilson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Hippocampal memory reactivation during sleep
Ralph Etienne-Cummings (Johns Hopkins University)
Implementing a spike-based HMAX vision system with a silicon neural array
Henry Markram (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
The Blue Brain Project: Insights into the design of the neocortical microcircuitry
Karlheinz Meier (University of Heidelberg)
Neuromorphic computing – Are we ready for a big step?
Dharmendra Modha (IBM)
Cool, compact cognitive computing chips
Narayan Srinivasan (HRL Laboratories LLC)
Low power analog neuromorphic hardware for large scale cortical computations
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, 2010. Email notification of acceptance will be provided by February 28, 2010.  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 9, 2010.
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 “14th 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: Funding is not available at this time for graduate student and postdoctoral travel fellowships, but may become available later. If funding becomes available, then information will be posted at the conference web site with further details about how to apply.

Fourteenth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems
May 19–22, 2010
Boston University
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA
Fax: +1 617 353 7755
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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.
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