[Comp-neuro] FINAL Call: International Summer School on Cognitive Computation, Stirling, Scotland, UK, 25-30 Aug 2013

Dr Amir Hussain ahu at cs.stir.ac.uk
Mon Jun 17 18:39:42 CEST 2013

Limited places remaining in the 2013 International Summer School on
Cognitive Computation, to be held at the University of Stirling, Scotland,
UK, from 25-30 August 2013: http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/events/COGCOMP2013/

The FINAL round of applications will close on Monday, 28 June 2013, and
places are limited, so you should act soon if you want to learn about the
latest brain-inspired cognitive technologies for engineering the
intelligent systems of tomorrow!

The five-day School programme will consist of a set of tutorial-style
lectures, all delivered by experts of international standing combined with
hands-on practical sessions for constructing and working with the
techniques and applications covered in the course material.

Registration fee (without accommodation):
£250 (fee covers all course materials, lunches, coffees and School dinner).

Registration fee including Accommodation:
Choice of 4-6 nights (£450-£500-£550) full-board (breakfast, lunch and
dinner inclusive) on-Campus accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

Scholarships Available:
(i) The School sponsor: Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance
(SICSA), will cover the £500 registration fee for PhD students in computer
science departments of SICSA member Scottish universities (for a full list
of SICSA Universities, see: http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/about/SICSA_Universities).
The number of SICSA scholarships is limited and a decision on ranking will
be taken if necessary.
(ii) Up to two competitive places are also being generously sponsored by
the IEEE UK-RI Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Chapter.
(iii) Six partial (merit) scholarships (of up to £150 each) are being
offered by Springer to School applicants who will also be required to
present their research at the School Poster Session.

Cognitive Computation is an emerging discipline that links together
neurobiology, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence.The vision
of this Summer School is to empower participants with an interdisciplinary
understanding of some of the key underlying methodologies, concepts and
techniques in cognitive computation, and their strengths and limitations
(demonstrated by a range of real-world case studies). Participants will
also learn of future directions in this exciting multi-disciplinary field.
Topics covered will include: perception, action, affective and cognitive
learning and memory, attention, decision making and control, social
cognition, language processing and communication, reasoning, pattern
recognition, problem solving, and consciousness.

Springer’s Neuroscience Publishing Editor will also give a talk on
“Publishing interdisciplinary research in scientific journals” on the first
day, Monday, 26 August, which will be followed by a Research Posters
Session, and Exhibition organized by Springer (with prize awarded to the
best poster). Authors of selected posters, judged by the Keynote Guest
Lecturer: Professor Igor Aleksander, will be invited to submit
extended/full papers to Springer’s Cognitive Computation journal (

The School is intended for postgraduate, PhD students, postdoctoral and
industrial researchers working in all areas of cognitive computation,
including its theoretical, applied, artificial and natural dimensions. More
generally, it will appeal to researchers interested in biologically
inspired computing techniques and applications, for example: machine
learning, computational intelligence, cognitive and computational
neuroscience, machine consciousness, neural hardware implementations and
biologically inspired robotics and systems. Although the course will have
substantial technical content, no prerequisites are required beyond a good
background/first-degree in computer science/informatics or a related

For details of the School programme and application process, please see:

We hope to see you soon in Stirling!


Professor Amir Hussain
Personal Chair in Computing Science
School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling,
Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK
E-mail: ahu at cs.stir.ac.uk
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1786 467437 / 464551

The University of Stirling is ranked in the top 50 in the world in The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 table, which ranks the world's best 100 universities under 50 years old.
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland, 
 number SC 011159.

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