[Comp-neuro] Deadline Approaching: 2015 Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop- Call For Applicants

Ralph Etienne-Cummings ralph.etiennecummings at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 14:53:36 CET 2015


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> **Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop*
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> *2015 Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop*
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> *Telluride, Colorado, June 28th - July 18th, 2015*
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> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Deadline is April 2nd, 2015
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> NEUROMORPHIC COGNITION ENGINEERING WORKSHOP
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> www.ine-web.org
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> Sunday June 28th - Saturday July 18th, 2015, Telluride, Colorado
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> ine-web.org/workshops/workshops-overview/index.html and the workshop wiki
> is at https://neuromorphs.net/
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> GOALS:
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> Neuromorphic engineers design and fabricate artificial neural systems
> whose organizing principles are based on those of biological nervous
> systems. Over the past 18 years, this research community has focused on the
> understanding of low-level sensory processing and systems infrastructure;
> efforts are now expanding to apply this knowledge and infrastructure to
> addressing higher-level problems in perception, cognition, and learning. In
> this 3-week intensive workshop and through the Institute for Neuromorphic
> Engineering (INE), the mission is to promote interaction between senior and
> junior researchers; to educate new members of the community; to introduce
> new enabling fields and applications to the community; to promote on-going
> collaborative activities emerging from the Workshop, and to promote a
> self-sustaining research field.
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> FORMAT:
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> The three week summer workshop will include background lectures on systems
> and cognitive neuroscience (in particular sensory processing, learning and
> memory, motor systems and attention), practical tutorials on emerging
> hardware design, mobile robots, hands-on projects, and special interest
> groups. Participants are required to take part and possibly complete at
> least one of the projects proposed. They are furthermore encouraged to
> become involved in as many of the other activities proposed as interest and
> time allow. There will be two lectures in the morning that cover issues
> that are important to the community in general. Because of the diverse
> range of backgrounds among the participants, some of these lectures will be
> tutorials, rather than detailed reports of current research. These lectures
> will be given by invited speakers. Projects and interest groups meet in the
> late afternoons, and after dinner. In the early afternoon there will be
> tutorials on a wide spectrum of topics, including analog VLSI, mobile
> robotics, vision and auditory systems, central-pattern-generators,
> selective attention mechanisms, cognitive systems, etc.
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> *2015 TOPIC AREAS:*
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> *Human Auditory Cognition: Communicating with EEG and Virtual Reality
> Links (The Matrix)*: Shihab Shamma (UM-College Park), Malcolm Slaney
> (Microsoft), Edward Lalor (Trinity College, Dublin), and Alain de Cheveigne
> (UPMC, France)
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> *Manipulation Actions: Movements, Forces and Affordances: *Cornelia
> Fermüller (UMCP), Michael Pfeiffer (INI-UZH), Ryad Benosman (UPMC, Paris),
> and Andreas Andreou (JHU)
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> *Neuromorphic Natural Language Processing:* John Harris (UFL,
> Gainesville) and Chris Huyck (Middlesex University)
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> *Spike-Based Cognitive Computing: Seeing, Hearing, and Thinking with
> Spikes: *Arindam Basu (NTU, Singapore) and John Arthur (IBM Research
> Almaden)
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> *Computational Neuroscience (invitational mini-workshop)* : Terry
> Sejnowski (Salk Institute)
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> LOCATION AND ARRANGEMENTS:
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> The summer school will take place in the small town of Telluride, 9000
> feet high in southwest Colorado, about 6 hours drive away from Denver (350
> miles). Great Lakes Aviation and America West Express airlines provide
> daily flights directly into Telluride. All facilities within the
> beautifully renovated public school building are fully accessible to
> participants with disabilities. Participants will be housed in ski
> condominiums, within walking distance of the school. Participants are
> expected to share condominiums.
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> The workshop is intended to be very informal and hands-on. Participants
> are not required to have had previous experience in analog VLSI circuit
> design, computational or machine vision, systems level neurophysiology or
> modeling the brain at the systems level. However, we strongly encourage
> active researchers with relevant backgrounds from academia, industry and
> national laboratories to apply, in particular if they are prepared to work
> on specific projects, talk about their own work or bring demonstrations to
> Telluride (e.g. robots, chips, software). Wireless internet access will be
> provided. Technical staff present throughout the workshops will assist with
> software and hardware issues. We will have a network of PCs running LINUX
> and Microsoft Windows for the workshop projects. We encourage participants
> to bring along their personal laptop.
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> No cars are required. Given the small size of the town, we recommend that
> you do not rent a car. Bring hiking boots, warm clothes, rain gear, and a
> backpack, since Telluride is surrounded by beautiful mountains.
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> Unless otherwise arranged with one of the organizers, we expect
> participants to stay for the entire duration of this three week workshop.
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> FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
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> Notification of acceptances will be mailed out around the April 15th,
> 2015. The Workshop covers all your accommodations and facilities costs for
> the 3 weeks duration. You are responsible for your own travel to the
> Workshop, however, sponsored fellowships will be available as described
> below to further subsidize your cost.
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> Registration Fees: For expenses not covered by federal funds, a Workshop
> registration fee is required. The fee is TBD per participant for the 3-week
> Workshop. This is expected from all participants at the time of acceptance.
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> Accommodations: The cost of a shared condominium, typically a bedroom in a
> shared condo for senior participants or a shared room for students, will be
> covered for all academic participants. Upgrades to a private rooms or
> condos will cost extra. Participants from National Laboratories and
> Industry are expected to pay for these condominiums.
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> Fellowships: This year we will offer one Fellowship program to subsidize
> your costs:
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> The EU-CSNII Fellowship (http://csnetwork.eu/) which is funded by the 7th
> Research Framework Program FP7-ICT-CSNII-601167. The top 8 EU applicants
> will be reimbursed for their registration fees ($1250), subsistence/travel
> subsidy (up to Euro 2000) and accommodations cost ($1500). The registration
> and accommodation costs will go directly to the INE (the INE will reimburse
> them).
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> We invite applications for a three-week summer workshop that will be held
> in Telluride, Colorado. Sunday June 28th - Saturday July 18th, 2015. The
> application deadline is Wednesday, April 2nd and application instructions
> are described at the bottom of this document.
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> The 2015 Workshop and Summer School on Neuromorphic Engineering is
> sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Neuromorphic
> Engineering, DARPA, Office of Naval Research, The EU-Collaborative
> Convergent Science Network (CNS-II), University of Maryland - College Park,
> Institute for Neuroinformatics – University of Zurich and ETH Zurich,
> Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Boston
> University, University of Western Sydney and the Salk Institute.
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> Directors:
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> Cornelia Fermuller, University of Maryland, College Park
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> Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Johns Hopkins University
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> Shih-Chii Liu, Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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> Timothy Horiuchi, University of Maryland, College Park
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> Workshop Advisory Board:
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> Andreas Andreou, Johns Hopkins University
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> Andre van Schaik, University Western Sydney, Australia
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> Avis Cohen, University of Maryland
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> Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Boston University
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> Giacomo Indiveri, Institute of Neuroinformatics, Uni/Eth Zurich,
> Switzerland
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> Jonathan Tapson, University Western Sydney, Australia
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> Malcolm Slaney, Microsoft Research
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> Jennifer Hasler, Georgia Institute of Technology
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> Rodney Douglas, Institute of Neuroinformatics, Uni/Eth Zurich, Switzerland
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> Shihab Shamma, University of Maryland
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> Tobi Delbruck, Institute of Neuroinformatics, Uni/Eth Zurich, Switzerland
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> Previous year workshop can be found at:
> <http://ine-web.org/workshops/workshops-overview/index.html> participant’s
> registration fees after receipt from CSNII), while the subsistence/travel
> reimbursement will be provided directly to the participants by the CSNII at
> the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
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> HOW TO APPLY:
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> Applicants should be at the level of graduate students or above (i.e.
> postdoctoral fellows, faculty, research and engineering staff and the
> equivalent positions in industry and national laboratories). We actively
> encourage women and minority candidates to apply.
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> Anyone interested in proposing or discussing specific projects should
> contact the appropriate topic leaders directly.
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> The application website is (after February 23rd, 2015):
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> ine-web.org/telluride-conference-2015/apply-info
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> Application information needed:
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> Contact email address.
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> First name, Last name, Affiliation, valid e-mail address.
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> Curriculum Vitae (a short version, please).
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> One page summary of background and interests relevant to the workshop,
> including possible ideas for workshop projects. Please indicate which topic
> areas you would most likely join.
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> Two letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by references).
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> Applicants will be notified by e-mail.
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> 23rd February, 2015 - Applications accepted on website
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> 2nd April, 2015 - Applications Due
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> 15th April, 2015 - Notification of Acceptance
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> --
> Ralph Etienne-Cummings, PhD, FIEEE
> Professor and Chairman
> Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
> Computational Sensor Motor Systems Lab
> Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics
> The Johns Hopkins University
> Baltimore, MD
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Ralph Etienne-Cummings, PhD, FIEEE
Professor and Chairman
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computational Sensor Motor Systems Lab
Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
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