[Comp-neuro] Workshop on 'Natural Computation in Hierarchies'

Frank Jäkel fjaekel at uos.de
Fri Apr 15 10:30:18 CEST 2011

Workshop announcement (2nd call):
(Apologies for duplicate postings)
Dear Colleague,

we would like to invite you to register for the 1st Osnabrueck
Computational Cognition Alliance Meeting (OCCAM 2011) on 'Natural
Computation in Hierarchies'. The workshop will take place in
Osnabrueck, Germany, from the 22nd to the 24th June 2011 and will be
hosted by the Institute of Cognitive Science (University of
Osnabrueck). Details can be found below and on the following webpage:


Registration is open until April 30th, 2011 (first come first
served). The registration fee is 100,- Euros. This fee covers the
workshop attendance incl. coffee and lunch breaks as well as 2 dinners
(buffet on 22nd June and conference dinner on 24th June), but not

The goal of this workshop is to foster our understanding of mechanisms
and principles of information processing in self-organized
hierarchical systems. Our knowledge of self-organized information
processing in hierarchical systems is still very limited despite being
a focus of research for many years. This workshop aims at assembling
the latest results from various research branches in order to combine
them into a broader and more comprehensive picture of the state of the
art in hierarchical systems.
The workshop will concentrate on three complementary major topics:

1. Coding and representation of information in hierarchical systems
2. Adaptation, self-organization and learning in hierarchical systems
3. Complex systems, networks and their dynamics
These three topics will consequently lead to the ultimate question of
how information is processed in natural hierarchical systems.
A central aspect of the workshop is to elucidate principles of
communication between different brain modules. We believe that this is
important because large scale interactions in the brain are presumably
self-organized. Since the visual and the motor system are the systems
that we know best, the workshop will naturally focus on these two.
Confirmed speakers are:

Sophie Deneve
Jozsef Fiser
Claus Hilgetag
Herbert Jaeger
James Kilner
Konrad Kording
Frank Pasemann
Peggy Series
Fritz Sommer
Shimon Ullman
Paul Verschure
Angela Yu
Tim Kietzmann
Johannes Schumacher
Niklas Wilming

There will also be a poster session where conference participants will
have the opportunity to present their work. Furthermore, guided tours
will help making these contributions highly visible.
Best regards,

Frank Jakel, Peter Konig, Gordon Pipa (Organizing committee)
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