[Comp-neuro] 15th ICCNS Conference: Call for Abstracts and Confirmed Invited Speakers

Brian Bowlby bowlby at bu.edu
Wed Jan 5 14:26:10 CET 2011

May 11–14, 2011
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA
Sponsored by the Boston University
Center for Adaptive Systems,
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems (http://cns.bu.edu/), and
Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science, and Technology (http://celest.bu.edu)
with financial support from the National Science Foundation
This interdisciplinary conference is attended each year by approximately 300 people from 30 countries around the world. As in previous years, the conference will focus on solutions to the questions:
The conference is aimed at researchers and students of computational neuroscience, cognitive science, neural networks, neuromorphic engineering, and artificial intelligence. It includes invited lectures and contributed lectures and posters by experts on the biology and technology of how the brain and other intelligent systems adapt to a changing world. The conference is particularly interested in exploring how the brain and biologically-inspired algorithms and systems in engineering and technology can learn.  Single-track oral and poster sessions enable all presented work to be highly visible. Three-hour poster sessions with no conflicting events will be held on two of the conference days. Posters will be up all day, and can also be viewed during breaks in the talk schedule.
Edward Adelson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The perception of materials and surfaces
George Alvarez (Harvard University)
How does neural architecture constrain attentional selection?
Daphne Bavelier (University of Rochester)
Action video games as an exemplary learning tool
Ed Boyden (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Controlling brain circuits with light: New tools for analyzing neural systems
Marvin Chun (Yale University)
Competitive interactions in memory encoding and retrieval
James DiCarlo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Untangling object recognition in the ventral visual stream
Howard Eichenbaum (Boston University)
The hippocampus in space and time
Michale Fee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Prime movers of the brain: Neural circuits that drive complex motor behavior
Michael Goldberg (Columbia University) [Plenary Speaker]
Attention and arousal in the parietal cortex
Stephen Grossberg (Boston University)
Neural dynamics of invariant object recognition, sequential memory, and action
Takao Hensch (Harvard University)
Shaping neural circuits by early experience
Okihide Hikosaka (National Institutes of Health) [Plenary Speaker]
Basal ganglia mechanisms for reward-based learning
Nancy Kopell (Boston University) [Plenary Speaker]
Multiple gamma rhythms and their functional implications
Laurence Maloney (New York University)
Perception, action, and uncertainty
John Maunsell (Harvard Medical School)
A neuronal population code for attentional state
Michael Paradiso (Brown University)
Saccadic eye movements and their role in neural coding and perception
Ning Qian (Columbia University)
Low- and high-level contributions to face perception: An adaptation study
Kamal Sen (Boston University)
At a cocktail party for songbirds
David Sheinberg (Brown University)
From shape to action 
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Boston University)
Understanding individual differences in auditory attention: From physiology to behavior
Herbert Terrace (Columbia University) [Plenary Speaker]
Missing links in the evolution of language
Steven Zucker (Yale University)
Learning long-range horizontal connections in visual cortex

Session Topics:
* vision
* image understanding        
* audition                               
* speech and language
* unsupervised learning       
* supervised learning
* reinforcement and emotion
* sensory-motor control
* cognition, planning, and attention
* spatial mapping and navigation
* object recognition
* neural circuit models
* neural system models
* mathematics of neural systems
* robotics
* hybrid systems (fuzzy, evolutionary, digital)
* neuromorphic VLSI
* industrial applications
* other
Contributed abstracts must be received, in English, by January 31, 2011. Email notification of acceptance will be provided by February 28, 2011.  A meeting registration fee must accompany each abstract. The fee will be refunded if the abstract is not accepted for presentation. Fees of accepted abstracts will be returned upon written request only until April 8, 2011.
Abstracts must not exceed one 8.5"x11" page in length, with 1" margins on top, bottom, and both sides in a single-column format with a font of 10 points or larger. The title, authors, affiliations, surface, and email addresses should begin each abstract. A separate cover letter should include the abstract title; name and contact information for corresponding and presenting authors; requested preference for oral or poster presentation; and a first and second choice from the topics above, including whether it is biological (B) or technological (T) work [Example: first choice: vision (T); second choice: neural system models (B)].
Contributed talks will be 15 minutes long. Posters will be displayed for a full day. Overhead, slide, and computer projector facilities will be available for talks. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the conference proceedings volume. No extended paper will be required.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically as Word files to cindy at bu.edu using the phrase “15th ICCNS abstract submission” in the subject line or as paper hard copy (four copies of the abstract with one copy of the cover letter and the registration form) to Cynthia Bradford, Boston University, CNS Department, 677 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02215 USA. Fax submissions of the abstract will not be accepted.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is recommended using the registration form below. Student registrations must be accompanied by a letter of verification from a department chairperson or faculty/research advisor.

Fifteenth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems
May 11–14, 2011
Boston University
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA
Fax: +1 617 353 7755
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The registration fee includes a copy of the conference proceedings volume, a reception on Friday night, and 3 coffee breaks each day.
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