[Comp-neuro] CNS 2012 workshop: Modern evolutionary algorithms in computational neuroscience

Benoît Girard benoit.girard at isir.upmc.fr
Fri Apr 6 15:31:59 CEST 2012

Call for contributions CNS 2012 WORKSHOP.

Modern evolutionary algorithms in computational neuroscience:
tools to parameterize, explore model properties & design model structures

July 25, 2012

to be held as part of the Computational Neuroscience conference 2012
July 21-26, Atlanta/Decatur, USA
Organized by OCNS (Organization for Computational Neurosciences)

Submission Deadline for this workshop: May 15th, 2012


In the last 10 years, evolutionary algorithms (EA) have been 
occasionally used as tools to help parameterizing computational models 
of the brain. As models grow more and more in complexity, manually 
adjusting parameters become unreasonable, while automatic approaches, 
like EA, can provide acceptable solutions.

Modern EA can also help computational neuroscience beyond optimization: 
the use of multiple-objectives EA (MOEA) allows to find multiple 
trade‐off solutions to the studied problem, revealing intrinsic 
properties of the problem itself, and thus actively participating in the 
investigation process. Modern generative EA can also be used to fully 
generate the structure of brain networks models based on known 
anatomical and electrophysiological data and thus directly participate 
in the model design.

The goal of this workshop is to gather neuroscientists around the 
current use of EA in computational neuroscience, to advertise the 
possibilities of this approach, as well as to discuss the emerging and 
future applications of EA in our field.

Submissions and deadlines:

Expected submissions are extended abstracts (1 or 2 pages). Submissions 
must be in pdf, following the format style of CNS submissions and sent 
to evoneuro_cns_workshop at isir.upmc.fr. Authors interested in giving a 
talk should mention it when sending their abstract. On the basis of 
available time slots, some of them will have the opportunity to give a 
talk at the workshop. Other selected abstracts will be presented as 
posters during dedicated sessions.

May 15, 2012: Workshop extended abstracts submission deadline
June 1, 2012: Notification of acceptance
July 25, 2012: Workshop

Confirmed speakers:

A. Korngreen (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) Optimizing ion channel models 
using a parallel genetic algorithm on graphical processors.

D. Jaeger (Emory University, USA) Using particle swarm evolutionary 
algorithm to improve ion channel kinetics.

J.-C. Quinton (Pascal Institute / Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, France) 
Tuning and learning with evolutionary methods: anticipatory 
representations and dynamic neural fields.

A. J. Nevado-Holgado (University of Oxford, UK) TBA.

J.-B. Mouret (Université Pierre & Marie Curie / CNRS, France) Recent 
advances in evolutionary algorithms with examples from neuro-evolution.

J. Liénard (Université Pierre & Marie Curie / CNRS, France) Integration 
of detailed primate anatomical and electrophysiological data in a model 
of the basal ganglia using multi-objective evolutionary algorithms.


Benoît Girard, CNRS, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France
Denis Sheynikhovich, University Pierre and Marie Curie, CNRS, France
Stéphane Doncieux, University Pierre and Marie Curie, CNRS, France
Jean-Baptiste Mouret, University Pierre and Marie Curie, CNRS, France
Angelo Arleo, CNRS, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France

Benoît Girard, ISIR, UPMC/CNRS
Pyramide T55/65, CC 173
4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex

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