[Comp-neuro] Special Issue on “Mathematical Models of Visual Coding”

Jan Drugowitsch jdrugo at gmail.com
Fri Feb 13 16:11:50 CET 2009

Special Issue on "Mathematical Models of Visual Coding"

The past decade has seen a tremendous growth in theoretical
neuroscience and in computational vision in particular.  Some basic
principles of computation, such as probabilistic inference, have
emerged as important tools and are now being applied to model results
from the encoding of neural information in neuronal populations to the
outcome of behavioral tasks in humans.  Novel electrophysiological
findings have demonstrated a clear role of top-down signals (such as
modulation by attention, expectation and rewards) in the early
representation of visual signals.  Similarly, there is an increased
realization that the multi-modal integration of information (visual,
auditory, vestibular) may occur in early visual areas.

Authors are invited to submit research papers for a special issue on
"Mathematical Models of Visual Coding" in Vision Research.

The topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Natural image statistics and optimal representations of the visual
image (sparse coding, independent component analysis, and compressive
- Encoding and decoding in population of neurons (Bayesian approaches,
the effect of correlations, computing with populations)
- The role of feedback in early visual cortex (probabilistic
inference, generative models, predictive coding)
- The role of functional maps of V1 in visual encoding and processing;
large scale V1 models.
- Hierarchical models supporting object recognition (Hmax)
- Decision making and optimal sensori-motor integration.

Papers will be subject to peer review as regular articles in the
Journal.  Submissions should not generally exceed 6000 words and 8
figures, with an upper limit of 10,000 words.  Vision research
supports the publication of "supplementary material", such as figures,
tables, movies in the online format on ScienceDirect.

Guest editors for this special issue are Alexandre Pouget (Rochester)
and Dario L. Ringach (UCLA), assisted by Senior Editor Michael Landy

Deadline for submission is Oct 1st, 2009.

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