[Comp-neuro] Autonomous Neurodynamics 2009 - Call For Presentations

Yariv Z Levy ylevy at cs.umass.edu
Sat Jul 11 06:32:47 CEST 2009


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PRINCIPLES OF AUTONOMOUS NEURODYNAMICS 2009

Meeting Dates: July 27-29, 2009
Location: La Jolla, California
Website: www.utoronto.ca/sand/

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The 6th annual meeting of the Society for Autonomous Neurodynamics  
(SAND)
will take place on July 27th, 28th and 29th, 2009 at the University of
California San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla, California. We are now  
soliciting
participants from a range of fields interested in free dynamics in
networks and the relation of autonomous neurodynamics to neurological
conditions.

If you would like to present work relating to these issues please send a
250-word abstract by July 17, 2009 to: conference.sand at utoronto.ca

Or register online at:

http://www.utoronto.ca/sand/PAND2009/register.html

Presentations should be 15 minutes in length. We encourage entries  
from a
diversity of backgrounds and welcome both exploratory and advanced
research. Sessions are meant to be multi-disciplinary, dynamic, fun and
will include open discussions.

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CONFERENCE SCOPE

Autonomous Neurodynamics describes interactive systems that can change
activity both in response to and independently of the environment.
Presentations will focus on the theoretical underpinnings and  
implications
of autonomous dynamics in relation to neural activity, cognition, social
systems and general network dynamics. Sessions may encompass a broad  
array
of approaches including presentations from mathematics, physics,
philosophy, psychology, computational and theoretical neurosciences.

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LA JOLLA, SAN DIEGO AND ACTIVITIES

The conference will take place in La Jolla, California. La Jolla is a
major international hub for neuroscience research (sometimes called
"neuron valley") and the home to UCSD and the Salk institute. The UCSD
Cognitive Science Department was the first of its kind in the world. The
picturesque town is located on the legendary palm-lined shores of  
Southern
California and only minutes away from the city of San Diego with its  
many
attractions. As in previous years, the conference presentations will be
followed by an outdoor adventure in which ideas are exchanged and
collaborations planned in a more informal, free and dynamic environment.
This year the post-presentation events will include surfing, diving  
and a
desert excursion. Limited spots. First-come, first-served policy.

Additional excursion information is available at:
http://www.utoronto.ca/sand/PAND2009/Additional_Info.html

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ACCOMMODATIONS

For additional information on accommodations and updates see:
http://www.utoronto.ca/sand/PAND2009/Additional_Info.html

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ACCESSIBILITY AND CHILD CARE

All presentations will take place in wheelchair accessible venues.  
Limited
grants to assist with child care arrangements may be available. Please
indicate requirement during online registration.

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CONFERENCE TOPICS

SAND conference presentations typically encompass a wide range of themes
that have included:

    * Physiology, Sensorimotor Systems and Behavior
    * Neuroanatomy
    * Neurogenetics and Pathobiology
    * Pharmacology
    * Hormones and Reproduction
    * Nutrition and Biochemistry
    * Personal Narratives
    * Gender and Social Sciences
    * Neurology and Clinical Perspectives
    * Neuropsychoanalysis
    * Cognitive Science
    * Dynamical Systems and Embodied Modeling
    * Nonlinear Analysis
    * Computation and Information Processing
    * Network Theory
    * The Role of Noise / Stochasticity / Randomness

In addition to these topics we welcome novel approaches and
interdisciplinary research that can synthesize findings from various
fields. Presentations may also consider the implications of research
findings on ethical theory, autonomy and health. We particularly  
encourage
presentations that examine changes in neurodynamics in neurological
conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's that can  
have a
profound impact on an individual's autonomy and quality of life.
Investigations may also include more common conditions in which  
changes in
neural dynamics impact volitional activity such as sleep.

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SPONSORS:

    * The Institute for Neural Computation (INC), UCSD
    * Department of Cognitive Science, UCSD
    * University of Toronto Epilepsy Research Program
    * Stichting Epilepsie Instellingen Nederland (www.sein.nl)
    * Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, University of Toronto (PIN)
    * Institute of Experimental Physics, Warsaw University

For additional information see: http://www.utoronto.ca/sand/PAND2009/





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Best Regards,
Yariv Z. Levy @ http://www.cs.umass.edu/~ylevy/


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