[Comp-neuro] Active Vision Symposium at AISB 2011

Tom Stafford t.stafford at sheffield.ac.uk
Fri Nov 26 15:30:44 CET 2010

Call for papers

Architectures for Active Vision

A Symposium of the AISB Convention
4 - 5 April 2011
University of York, United Kingdom

Supported by the
Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour


The symposium theme is 'Architectures for Active Vision'. Contributions 
from researchers interested in the control of vision and visual 
attention are sought. Vision is arguably the most researched function of 
the brain. Nonetheless, high level visual information processing is 
still poorly understood.

A major problem in perception is the volume of information acquired by 
the body's sensors. Passive approaches to selection of information may 
deal with the overload by focussing processing on particularly salient 
inputs. Active vision takes the further step of directing the 
acquisition of information in a goal-directed manner, in which top-down 
information plays an important role, possibly overriding saliency in 
selection of actions. This shift in perspective connects vision with 
important issues for cognitive systems as a whole, such as action 
selection, planning and goal-driven behaviour

The aim of the symposium to bring together researchers and research 
groups with interests including (but not limited to)

     * Brain architectures for active vision
     * The neural basis for action selection, particularly in vision
     * High level modelling in software and hardware of structure or 
mechanisms from the visual system.

Contributions may span experiment and theory from neurobiology, through 
cognition to bio-inspired software/hardware applications.

The symposium will be two days duration (4 - 5 April). The first day 
will consist of presentations of refereed work from participants, to 
share the ideas which contribute to the second day discussions. The 
second day will be built around a facilitated panel discussion aimed at 
the development of ideas (and proposals) for further collaborative work. 
Invited speakers will set the tone of the symposium, and a poster 
session will allow wider participation.


The AISB Convention as a whole will include 11 individual symposia. All 
meals, facilities and social events are shared by the Convention in 
common. All symposium participants must register for the convention (not 
for individual symposia). More details about the convention can be found 
at their website: http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb11/


How to contribute to the Symposium

Papers of about 6 - 8 pages that respond to the topics listed above are 
invited. Papers should include an abstract of not more than 200 words 
and should be submitted as an anonymous PDF file (that it, with name and 
affiliation details omitted) by email (including your name and contact 
details) to the Symposium organiser, Simon O'Keefe, at 
simon.okeefe at york.ac.uk, by 10th January 2011. Submissions will be 
acknowledged within 7 days.

Accepted papers will be included in the Symposium and Convention 
proceedings, published by AISB.

Expressions of interest in attending the symposium (but without giving a 
paper) are also invited, in the form of an abstract of no more than 200 
words indicating your background and interest in the subject of the 
symposium. Send these as plain text emails to the organiser.


Programme Committee for this symposium

     * Jim Austin (University of York)
     * Netta Cohen (University of Leeds)
     * Kevin Gurney (University of Sheffield)
     * Marc de Kamps (University of Leeds)
     * Simon O'Keefe (University of York)
     * Tom Stafford (University of Sheffield)
     * Thomas Wennekers (University of Plymouth)
     * Stefan Wermter (University of Hamburg)


Important dates

10th January 2011 - Submissions due
7st February 2011 - Decisions on acceptance
28th February 2011 - Camera ready copies due
(tbc - check website) -    Early registration deadline
4-7 April 2011 - AISB 2011 convention


Symposium URL:  http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/ActiveVision


Tom Stafford
Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield
Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP, UK
t.stafford at shef.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0) 114 22 26620
Fax +44 (0) 114 276 6515


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