[Comp-neuro] Call for Frontiers in Neuroinformatics Special Issue: Hierarchy and Dynamics of Neural Networks

Marcus Kaiser m.kaiser at newcastle.ac.uk
Fri Jan 9 18:32:58 CET 2009

Dear Colleagues,

We are currently organizing a special issue on 'Hierarchy and Dynamics
of Neural Networks' for Frontiers in Neuroinformatics. We hereby invite
additional theoretical and experimental contributions for this special
issue (http://frontiersin.org/neuroinformatics/specialtopics/29/ ). 

Hierarchy is a central feature in the organisation of complex biological
systems and particularly the structure and function of neural networks.
While other aspects of brain connectivity such as regionalisation,
modularity or motif composition have been discussed elsewhere, no
detailed analysis has been presented so far on the role of hierarchy and
its connection to brain dynamics. Recent discussions among many of our
colleagues have shown an increasing interest in hierarchy (of spatial,
temporal and dynamic features), and this is an emerging key question in
neuroscience as well as generally in the field of network science, due
to its links with concepts of control, efficiency and development across
scales (e.g. Hilgetag et al. Science, 1996; Ravasz et al. Science, 2002;
Bassett et al. PNAS, 2006; Mueller-Linow et al. PLoS Comp. Biol., 2008).
This special issue will address recent findings from a theoretical as
well as experimental perspective including contributions under the
following four headings: 1) Topology: Detecting and characterizing
network hierarchy; 2) Experiments: Neural dynamics across hierarchical
scales; 3) Dynamics: Activity spread, oscillations, and synchronization
in hierarchical networks; 4) Dynamics: Stable functioning and
information processing in hierarchical networks.

The deadline for submission has been extended and is now March 15, 2009.

Kind regards,
  Marcus Kaiser and Claus Hilgetag

Marcus Kaiser, Ph.D.
RCUK Academic Fellow
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University
Claremont Tower
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK

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