[Comp-neuro] COSYNE 2012 Workshop call

Brent Doiron brent.doiron at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 22:49:12 CEST 2011

Computational and Systems Neuroscience 2012


Main meeting: February 23, 2012 - February 26, 2012
Marriott, Downtown, Salt Lake City, Utah

Workshops: February 27, 2012 - February 28, 2012
Snowbird Ski Resort, Snowbird, Utah

--------------------- CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS ---------------------

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Preference will be given to proposals received by
September 16, 2011; proposals received by October 28, 2011 will be
considered, if space is available

A series of workshops will be held after the main Cosyne meeting (
http://cosyne.org/). The goal is to provide an informal forum for the
discussion of important research questions and challenges. Controversial
issues, open problems, comparisons of competing approaches, and alternative
viewpoints are encouraged.

The overarching goal of all workshops should be the integration of empirical
and theoretical approaches, in an environment that fosters collegial
discussion and debate. Preference will be given to proposals that differ in
content, scope, and/or approach from workshops of recent years (examples
available at cosyne.org).

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: sensory processing; motor
planning and control; functional neural circuits; motivation, reward and
decision making; learning and memory; adaptation and plasticity; neural
coding; neural circuitry and network models; and methods in computational or
systems neuroscience.


-- There will be 4-8 workshops/day, running in parallel. – Each workshop is
expected to draw between 15 and 80 people. -- The workshops will be split
into morning (8:00-11:00 AM) and afternoon (4:30-7:30 PM) sessions. --
Workshops will be held at Snowbird, a ski resort located 30 miles (typically
less than an hour) from the Salt Lake City airport. --
Buses from the main conference will be provided.


Deadline: September 16 2011

Format: plain text only -- please no attachments email to:
cosyne12workshops at googlegroups.com <cosyne11workshops at googlegroups.com> (Brent
Doiron, Jessica Cardin)

Proposals should include:

- Name(s) and email address(es) of the organizers (no more than 2 organizers
per session, please). A primary contact should be designated.

 -- A title. -- A brief description of: what the workshop is to address and
accomplish, why the topic is of interest, who the targeted group of
participants is.

-- Names of potential invitees, with indication of which speakers are
confirmed. Preference will be given to workshops with the most confirmed

-- Proposed workshop length (1 or 2 days). Most workshops will be limited to
a single day. If you think your workshop needs 2 days, please explain why.

-- A *brief* resume of the workshop organizer along with a *brief* list of
publications (about half a page total).


-- Coordinate workshop participation and content. -- Moderate the


Experience has shown that the best discussions during a workshop are those
that arise spontaneously. A good way to foster these is to have short talks
and long question periods (e.g. 30+15 minutes), and have plenty of breaks.
We recommend fewer than 10 talks.


Detailed registration costs, etc, will be available here

Please note: Cosyne does NOT provide travel funding for workshop speakers.
All workshop speakers are expected to pay for workshop registration fees.
Participants are encouraged to register early, in order to qualify for
discounted registration rates. One complementary (free) organizer
registration is provided per workshop. For workshops
with 2 organizers, the free registration can be given to one of the
organizers or split evenly between them.

COSYNE 2012 WORKSHOP CHAIRS: Brent Doiron (Pittsburgh), Jessica Cardin

cosyne12workshops at googlegroups.com<cosyne11workshops at googlegroups.com>

Brent Doiron, PhD
Assistant professor
Department of Mathematics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
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