[Comp-neuro] 2009 Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop Announcement

retienne retienne at jhu.edu
Fri Jan 2 13:44:14 CET 2009

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Sunday June 28th - Saturday July 18th, 2009, Telluride, Colorado

        Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Johns Hopkins University
        Timothy Horiuchi, University of Maryland, College Park
        Tobi Delbruck, Institute for Neuroinformatics, Zurich

2009 Topic Leaders:
        Cognitive Systems: Gregor SCHOENER (Ruhr-Universität-Bochum) and 
Josh BONGARD (Univ. Vermont)
        Robotics/Locomotion/Motor: Javier MOVELLAN (UC San Diego) and 
Tony LEWIS (Univ. Arizona)
        Vision: Bert SHI (HKUST) and Shih-chii LIU (INI-Zurich)
        Audition: Mounya EL HILALI (JHU) and Hynek HERMANSKY (JHU)
        Technology/Techniques/Tutorials: Paul HASLER (GA Tech) and Jon 
TAPSON (Univ. Capetown)
        Neuromorphic VLSI: John HARRIS (Univ. Florida) and John ARTHUR 
(Stanford Univ.)
        Computational Neuroscience: Terry SEJNOWSKI (Salk Institute)

Workshop Advisory Board:
        Andre van SCHAIK(University of Sydney)
        Avis COHEN (University of Maryland)
        Barbara SHINN-CUNNINGHAM (Boston University)
        Giacomo INDIVERI (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, 
        Rodney DOUGLAS (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, 
        Shihab SHAMMA (University of Maryland)

We invite applications for a three-week summer workshop that will be 
held in Telluride, Colorado from Sunday June 28th - Saturday July 18th, 
2009. The application deadline is *Friday, March 1st* and application 
instructions are described at the bottom of this document.

The 2009 Workshop and Summer School on Neuromorphic Engineering is 
sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Neuromorphic 
Engineering, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Institute for 
Neuroinformatics - University and ETH Zurich, Georgia Institute of 
Technology, University of Maryland - College Park, Johns Hopkins 
University, Boston University, University of Sydney, and the Salk Institute.

Previous year workshop can be found at: 
http://ine-web.org/workshops/workshops-overview/index.html and last 
year's wiki is https://neuromorphs.net/ws2008/ .


Neuromorphic engineers design and fabricate artificial neural systems 
whose organizing principles are based on those of biological nervous 
systems. Over the past 12 years, this research community has focused on 
the understanding of low-level sensory processing and systems 
infrastructure; efforts are now expanding to apply this knowledge and 
infrastructure to addressing higher-level problems in perception, 
cognition, and learning. Inthis 3-week intensive workshop and through 
the Institute for Neuromorphic Engineering (INE), the mission is to 
promote interaction between seniorand junior researchers; to educate new 
members of the community; to introduce new enabling fields and 
applications to the community; to promote on-going collaborative 
activities emerging from the Workshop, and to promote a self-sustaining 
research field.


The three week summer workshop will include background lectures on 
systems and cognitive neuroscience (in particular sensory processing, 
learning and memory, motor systems and attention), practical tutorials 
on analog VLSI design, mobile robots, hands-on projects, and special 
interest groups. Participants are required to take part and possibly 
complete at leastone of the projects proposed. They are furthermore 
encouraged to become involved in as many of the other activities 
proposed as interest and timeallow. There will be two lectures in the 
morning that cover issues that are important to the community in 
general. Because of the diverse range of backgrounds among the 
participants, some of these lectures will be tutorials, rather than 
detailed reports of current research. These lectures will be given by 
invited speakers.  Projects and interest groups meet in the late 
afternoons, and after dinner. In the early afternoon there will be 
tutorials on a wide spectrum of topics, including analog VLSI, mobile 
robotics, auditory systems, central-pattern-generators, selective 
attention mechanisms, cognitive systems, etc.


The summer school will take place in the small town of Telluride, 9000 
feet high in Southwest Colorado, about 6 hours drive away from Denver 
(350 miles). Great Lakes Aviation and America West Express airlines 
provide daily flights directly into Telluride. All facilities within the 
beautifully renovated public school building are fully accessible to 
participants with disabilities. Participants will be housed in ski 
condominiums, withinwalking distance of the school. Participants are 
expected to share condominiums.

The workshop is intended to be very informal and hands-on. Participants 
are not required to have had previous experience in analog VLSI circuit 
design, computational or machine vision, systems level neurophysiology 
or modeling the brain at the systems level. However, we strongly 
encourage active researchers with relevant backgrounds from academia, 
industry and national laboratories to apply, in particular if they are 
prepared to work on specific projects, talk about their own work or 
bring demonstrations to Telluride (e.g. robots, chips, software). 
Wireless internet access will be provided. Technical staff present 
throughout the workshops will assist with software and hardware issues. 
We will have a network of PCs running LINUX and Microsoft Windows for 
the workshop projects. We encourage participants to bring along their 
personal laptop.

No cars are required. Given the small size of the town, we recommend 
thatyou do not rent a car. Bring hiking boots, warm clothes, rain gear, 
and a backpack, since Telluride is surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Unless otherwise arranged with one of the organizers, we expect 
participants to stay for the entire duration of this three week workshop.


Notification of acceptances will be mailed out around mid March 2009.
The Workshop covers all your accommodations and facilities costs. You 
areresponsible for your own travel to the Workshop. For expenses not 
covered by federal funds, a Workshop registration fee is required. The 
fee is $550 per participant, however, due to the difference in travel 
cost, we offer a discount to non-US participants. European registration 
fees will bereduced to $300; non-US/non-European registration fees will 
be reduced to $150. The cost of a shared condominium will be covered for 
all academicparticipants but upgrades to a private room will cost extra. 
  Participants from National Laboratories and Industry are expected to 
pay for these condominiums.

------ HOW TO APPLY: -------

Applicants should be at the level of graduate students or above (i.e. 
postdoctoral fellows, faculty, research and engineering staff and the 
equivalent positions in industry and national laboratories). We actively 
encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

Anyone interested in proposing specific projects should contact the 
appropriate topic leaders directly.

The application website is (after January 1st, 2009):

Application will include:

* First name, Last name, Affiliation, valid e-mail address.
* Curriculum Vitae.
* One page summary of background and interests relevant to the workshop, 
including possible ideas for workshop projects.
* Two letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by references).

The application deadline is March 1, 2009.
Applicants will be notified by e-mail.

1 January, 2009 - Applications accepted on website
1 March, 2009  - Applications Due
mid-March - Notification of Acceptance


Ralph Etienne-Cummings
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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