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

Marcus Kaiser m.kaiser at newcastle.ac.uk
Fri Jan 23 20:57:42 CET 2009


Dear Colleagues,

Please note additional information on inclusion in this special issue
and article preparation in the last two paragraphs!

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.


Please first submit a max. 1 page abstract/outline of work related to
the focus of the special section to Marcus Kaiser till 2 February 2009.
The editors will advise you within a week whether this manuscript is
suitable for this special section. Note, that the decision whether the
article is published in the special section still depends on the outcome
of full peer-review.

When you prepare your articles, please format them as for standard
Frontiers "Original Research Articles". Guidelines and instructions for
their preparation can be found at
www.frontiersin.org/authorinstructions#manuscriptGuidelines. Frontiers
is an open access journal, following a pay-for-publication model. Please
find more details on http://frontiersin.org/publicationfees/ .

Kind regards,
  Marcus Kaiser and Claus Hilgetag

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Marcus Kaiser, Ph.D.
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University
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Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, U.K.
Phone: +44 191 222 8161
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