[Comp-neuro] Extension Call for Abstracts: New Deadline August 31 - Cognitive Computing - Merging Concepts with Hardware

Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa gpipa at uos.de
Mon Aug 6 17:06:44 CEST 2018

Upon demand and the holiday period in August we extend the Deadline for submissions of abstracts until the end of August.

New Deadline for Abstract submission: August 31

Call for participation and contributions:


December 18-20, 2018, Hannover, Germany


** An interdisciplinary networking event / scientific conference **

We would like to draw your attention to an upcoming scientific community event. The aim of this conference is to work towards a general, productive, and rigorous theory of “computing” in non-digital, nonlinear physical substrates. Biological brains and unconventional computing machines would become understandable as different instantiations of the same underlying principles.

Three scientific communities, namely

- cognitive and computational neurosciences,
- theory of computation, and
- nonlinear materials, devices and systems

have since long been exploring diverse facets of such principles of non-digital computing. But differences in terminology, discipline-specific objectives and a scattered spectrum of formal methods have handicapped cross-fertilization. Everything in this conference is geared toward stimulating linkages between these fields:

- single-track with few but rather long oral presentations,
- long break and poster session times for person-to-person interaction,
 - keynote and plenary speakers with interdisciplinary renown,
- a limited (200) number of participants,
- a splendid setting in the Castle of Herrenhausen, a heritage of the Kings of Hannover, with adjoining hectares of classical French gardening.

Invited and confirmed speakers:

- Kwabena Boahen, Stanford University
- Joanna J. Bryson, Univ. of Bath and Princeton University
- Chris Eliasmith, University of Waterloo
- Edward A. Lee, UC Berkeley
- Demetri Psaltis, EPFL Lausanne
- Pieter Roelfsema, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
- Susan Stepney, University of York
- Ipke Wachsmuth, University of Bielefeld
- David Wolpert, Santa Fe Institute

We solicit the submission of 2-page abstracts, with themes oriented toward our five topical sessions:

- applications of unconventional computing systems,
- theoretical concepts and mathematical foundations,
- neuromorphic hardware,
- novel physical substrates,
- guides from neuroscience for computing technologies.

In addition to latest specific achievements, we specifically encourage survey / introductory / didactic contributions. Detailed information can be found on http://www.cognitive-comp.org/ and in the Call for Abstracts that is posted there. Timelines:

- Abstract submission: July 31
- Notification of acceptance: September 30
- Final abstract for online publication: October 31

Registration fees:

- Students (incl. PhD students): 150 Euro
- Others (academic): 300 Euro
- Industry: 900 Euro

Contributors of accepted oral presentations will be exempted from fees and will receive travel refunding. The event was made possible by the generous support from the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany’s largest private organization for the advancement of scientific research.

The organizers:

- Daniel Brunner (photonics, neuromorphic architectures; CNRS / University of Burgundy - Franche-Comté)
- Herbert Jaeger (machine learning, nonlinear dynamics; Jacobs University
- Stuart Parkin (nano systems, quantum electronic materials; Max-Planck-Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle)
- Gordon Pipa (neuroinformatics and cognitive computing;  University of

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