Friday, September 30, 2011

[Comp-neuro] NEURON course registration deadline Oct. 14

The registration deadline for the NEURON course that we will
be presenting at the annual meeting of the Society for
Neuroscience is Friday, October 14, less than two weeks from
now. A few seats remain available, so if you are interested
in the course, you should act now. For a course description
and registration form, see


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[Comp-neuro] Deadline Extension: ICONS 2012 || February 29 - March 5, 2012 - Reunion Island


Please, consider to contribute to and/or forward to the appropriate groups the following opportunity to submit and publish original scientific results to ICONS 2012.

The submission deadline has been extended to October 16, 2011.

A video of the 2011 event is available on the conference front page:

In addition, authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended article versions to one of the IARIA Journals:

============== ICONS 2012 | Call for Papers ===============


ICONS 2012: The Seventh International Conference on Systems
February 29 - March 5, 2012 - Reunion Island

General page:

Call for Papers:

- regular papers
- short papers (work in progress)
- posters

- ideas

Submission page:

Submission deadline: October 16, 2011

Sponsored by IARIA,

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals:

Please note the Poster and Work in Progress options.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress, Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels.

Before submission, please check and conform with the Editorial rules:

ICONS 2012 Topics (topics and submission details: see CfP on the site)

Systems' Theory and Practice
Systems design methodologies and techniques; Formal methods to specify systems� behavior; Online and offline systems; Open and closed systems; Centralized and distributed systems; Proactive and reactive systems; System robustness; Systems scalability; Fault-tolerant systems; Feedback systems; High-speed systems; Delay tolerant systems; Real-time systems

Systems engineering
Systems requirements; Systems modeling; Systems development lifecycle; System-of-systems; Systems ergonomics; Subsystem interactions; Systems decomposition; Systems integration

System Instrumentation
Metering embedded sensors; Composing multi-scale measurements; Monitoring instrumentation; Smart sensor-based systems; Calibration and self-calibration systems; Instrumentation for prediction systems

Embedded systems and systems-on-the-chip
Real-time embedded systems Programming embedded systems; Controlling embedded systems; High speed embedded systems; Designing methodologies for embedded systems; Performance on embedded systems; Updating embedded systems; Wireless/wired design of systems-on-the-chip; Testing embedded systems; Technologies for systems processors; Migration to single-chip systems; Micro/nano structures and systems

Target-oriented systems [emulation, simulation, prediction, etc.]
Information systems; Real-time systems; Software systems; Hardware systems; Emulation systems; Simulation systems Prediction systems

Specialized systems [sensor-based, mobile, multimedia, biometrics, etc.]
Sensor-based systems; Biometrics systems; Mobile and fixed systems; Ubiquitous systems; Nano-technology-based systems; Multimedia systems

Validation systems
Diagnosis assistance systems; Test systems; Validation systems; Performance measurement systems; Maintenance systems

Security and protection systems
Security systems; Vulnerability detecting systems; Intrusion detection systems Intrusion avoidance systems; Presence detection systems; Monitoring systems; Management systems; Alert systems; Defense systems; Emergency systems

Advanced systems [expert, tutoring, self-adapting, interactive, etc.]
Expert systems; Tutoring systems; Highly interactive systems; Anticipative systems; On-demand systems; GRID systems; Autonomic systems; Autonomous systems; Self-adapting systems; Adjustable autonomic systems; High performance computing systems; Mission critical systems

Application-oriented systems [content, eHealth, radar, financial, vehicular, etc.]
Web-cashing systems; Content-distributed systems; Accounting and billing systems; E-Health systems; E-Commerce systems; Radar systems; Navigation systems; Systems for measuring physical quantities; Earthquake detection and ranking systems; Financial systems; Robotics systems; Vehicular systems; Entertainment systems; Gaming systems; Speech recognition system

Safety in industrial systems
Fundamentals on system safety; Safety of software systems and software engineering; Safety requirements; Safety for critical systems; Engineering for system robustness and reliability; Control of mission critical systems; Safety-oriented system design; Human tasks and error models; Hazard analysis; Cost and effectiveness of system safety; Verification and validation of safety; Safety tools; Evaluation of safety data, and mitigation and prevention strategies; Safety control and management; System Safety Implementation Guidelines and Standards; Transferring safety knowledge; Metrics for Risk Assessment; Contingency Planning and Occurrence Reporting; Preparedness Activities; Industry specific safety systems (Medical devices, Aerospace, Chemical industry, Nuclear power plants, Public health, Biological Safety)

Complex systems
Theory of complex systems; Ontologies for complex systems; Chaos and complexity; Design and integrate complex systems; Complexity and simulation; Simulation and datamining; Artificial intelligence and soft computing in complex systems; Multi-agent based simulation; Systems of systems; Intelligent agent architectures; Evolutionary programming; Uncertainty reduction and classification; Monitoring and managing complex systems; Case studies of complex systems [vehicular, avionic, health, emergency, sensing, etc.]; Industrial systems [robotics, production, accounting and billing, e-commerce, etc.]

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[Comp-neuro] PhD in Computational Neuroscience

Applications are invited for a PhD student position in the group of Mate Lengyel ( at the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at the University of Cambridge.

The group works on mathematical models of the brain using a combination of methods from probabilistic machine learning, information theory, dynamical systems, and statistical physics. We are particularly interested in understanding how humans and other animals learn about their environments and use this knowledge flexibly to make predictions and guide their future decisions. We collaborate very closely with experimental neuroscience groups providing us the opportunity to test the predictions of our theories.

Applicants must have
- strong problem solving and mathematical skills
- a keen interest in neuroscience
- a relevant first degree such as Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology or Statistics

Students seeking to combine work in neuroscience and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should email the following in pdf or plain text to the CBL administrator Diane Unwin <>:
- their CV
- a statement of research interests
- transcript(s) for previous degrees
and arrange for three academic referees to send us letters of reference. Pre-application enquires should be addressed to Mate Lengyel.

The deadline for receiving applications is 21 October 2011. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on 1-2 November 2011. The position is offered for a period of three years, starting on 1 January 2012.

Mate Lengyel, PhD
Computational and Biological Learning Lab
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK
tel: +44 (0)1223 748 532, fax: +44 (0)1223 332 662

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE - The social emotional developmental
and cognitive neuroscience of socioeconomic gradients

In a joint collaboration with Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in
Neuroscience , we are currently organizing a Research Topic, "The
social emotional developmental and cognitive neuroscience of
socioeconomic gradients: Laboratory, population, cross-cultural and
community developmental approaches", and as host editors we think that
your work could make an excellent contribution.

It is an honor to invite you to join us to contribute to this special
issue and considering submitting your work.
The papers will be rigorously refereed but fair reviews will also be
insured. In addition, for transparency and for offering hot debates,
we may want to consider publishing reviews as commentary under the
section "perspectives". This will depend on how the Research Topic
(RT) develops and on the joint decision of all editors of this RT.

The proposed structure of this Research Topic is provided below.

Host Specialty: Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, Frontiers in
Human Neuroscience

Topic Title: The social emotional developmental and cognitive
neuroscience of socioeconomic gradients: Laboratory, population,
cross-cultural and community developmental approaches

Topic Editor(s): Amedeo D'Angiulli, Stefania Maggi, Sebastian Lipina

DESCRIPTION: The study of the socioeconomic neural gradients, that is,
functional and structural brain differences that correspond to
variations in socioeconomic status, is a very young area of
multidisciplinary research within the neural and behavior sciences.
Although a general consensus of basic results is quickly emerging, as
in any emerging area of inquiry, the approaches used within it can
still be influenced by epistemological or ideological stances
inherited from other disciplines (and potentially implicit ideological
systems). Inadvertently, these influences can lead this critically
important new area of research to methodological and ethical
foundational challenges and issues that are in need of debate over and
beyond consensus on interventions aiming at the effects of poverty on
children's development (e.g., poverty definition criteria, lack of
specificity when considering child poverty in terms of how children
experience different type of deprivations, or lack of critics
regarding social exclusion in different countries). The risk is a
tendency to simplify the complexity that characterizes both phenomena
of development and social inequality. The overarching aim of this
broad research topic is to give the full spectrum of views on the
study of socioeconomic neural differences representing comparatively
the best examples of research in the field from different
methodological stances (i.e., laboratory vs. field) and theoretical
approaches (i.e., mechanistic vs. adaptive). The unitary background
framework provided as test bench for the comparisons is human brain
development in the broadest sense of the term.
The aim of this research topic is to portray the current status in
different disciplines addressing social inequities and human brain
development. The main purpose is to house a rich global international
critical and synthetic debate with focus on empirical research
updates, implications and challenges in Cognitive Science,
Neuroscience, Social Sciences and interdisciplinary arena efforts. In
this context, the contributions will represent four strategic domains:
(1) Cognitive Neuroscience (behavioral and neuroimaging findings in
different countries and their implications at social development and
educational levels); (2) Social Sciences -Economy,
Anthropology/Sociology, Education (updating scientific, ethical and
ideological issues on social inequities worldwide, addressing the
challenges we are facing: complexity, interdisciplinary efforts); and
(3) Interdisciplinary efforts (scientific and policy priorities for
the next decade); (4) Neuropsychoendocrinology (relationships between
social context and acute/chronic stress across the world).
Submissions pertinent to this research topic may include (but not be
limited to): Examples of population based approaches currently in
place: epidemiological studies, large scale studies on administrative
school and health; populations based studies in need of being
conducted: large scale brain (EEGs, MRI) assessments to debunk the
myth of deficiency in vulnerable populations and studies that draw
attention to the need to reform societies not intervene on
individuals; reduction of social inequality that is the result of
deficits in social structures; large scale assessment of community
mental health among groups of children sharing common environmental
features rather than recruiting unrelated individual children into a
sample; in-depth neuroethical, epistemological and sociological
analysis of structural influences (e.g., schools, childcare) and their
influences on vulnerable groups from a population perspective rather
than the effects of the individual child; neuroimaging studies
(perspectives, reviews, and empirical research reports) that
disentangle the developmental dynamics of how socioeconomic status may
influence brain plasticity; epigenetic studies addressing the issue of
gene-environment interactions in determining neural gradients.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan 15, 2012
Article Submission Deadline: Mar 31, 2012
All papers will appear in the same place on Frontiers journals website
and in one ebook, but Neuroscience papers will be submitted through
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and non-neuroscience papers (those
pertaining to epidemiology and those that lean closer to psychology)
through Frontiers in Developmental Psychology. This will mean that
some papers will appear in PubMed under Frontiers in Psychology, while
others will appear as Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Other than
that, the papers will be centralized on our website once they're
published, and you can submit to the most suitable journal.

Please help us make this the best Research Topic ever!

Amedeo D'Angiulli, Stefania Maggi, and Sebastian Lipina

Amedeo D'Angiulli, PhD
Carleton University

Department of Neuroscience
& Child Studies program -- Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies

1125 Colonel BY Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Room 2202A Dunton Tower
(613) 520-2600, ext. 2954
Fax: (613) 520-3985
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Two Positions at American University in D.C.: Computational Neuroscience and Applied Math

Two tenure-track positions at American University in Washington, D.C. 

-------------Computational Neuroscience--------------------

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University (Washington, DC) invites applications for a full‐time, tenure‐track, Assistant Professor position, beginning in August 2012, in computational neuroscience (broadly defined, including but not limited to neural networks, simulation, image processing, and bio‐informatics).

The appointee's tenure home and departmental affiliation will depend on his or her research background. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline. Teaching and post‐doctoral experience are preferred. Responsibilities include: teaching and curriculum development; establishing an internationally recognized research program, preferably one that can involve undergraduate research participation; strengthening connections to neurosciences across campus; and service to the appointee's home department and the wider university.

American University has made other recent hires in neuroscience, and benefits from proximity to other scientific institutions in the Washington area. (For example, NIH is three metro stops from the AU campus.) The College of Arts and Sciences offers a variety of degrees at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. For more information about our programs, visit

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and research statement, and applicants must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the search committee. Materials can be submitted online (highly preferred) at, or via email to, or in hard copy to Computational Neuroscience Search Committee, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, American University, Washington, DC 20016‐8050. Applications received by December 10, 2011 will receive full consideration. American University is an EEO/AA institution, committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. American University offers employee benefits to same-°©‐sex domestic partners of employees and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression.

-------------Applied Mathematics --------------------

The  College  of  Arts  and  Sciences  at  American  University  (Washington,  DC)  invites  applications  for  a  full‐time,  tenure‐track  position,  beginning  in  Fall  2012,  in  applied  mathematics  with  a  focus  in  computational  life  sciences,  probability,  image  and  signal  processing,  or  applied  cryptography.  The  rank  of  this  position  is  Assistant  Professor  or  Associate  Professor.   In  the  latter  case,  depending  on  qualifications,  the  appointee  to  this  position  may  be  recommended  for  tenure  at  the  time  of  hiring.  

Applicants  must  have  a  PhD  in  a  relevant  discipline.  Teaching  and  post‐ doctoral  experience  are  preferred.  Responsibilities  include:  teaching  and  curriculum  development;  establishing  an  internationally  recognized  research  program,  preferably  one  that  can  involve  undergraduate  research  participation;  strengthening  connections  to  other  departments  and  programs  across  campus;  and  service  to  the  department  and  the  wider  university. 

The  College  of  Arts  and  Sciences  offers  a  variety  of  degrees  at  the  undergraduate,  masters,  and  doctoral  levels.  For  more  information  about  our  programs,  visit 

Applicants  should  submit  a  cover  letter,  curriculum  vitae,  teaching  statement,  and  research  statement,  and  arrange  for  at  least  three  letters  of  recommendation  to  be  sent  directly  to  the  search  committee.  At  least  one  of  the  letters  must  address  the  applicant's  teaching  credentials.  Submissions  of  applications  via  are  preferred  but  email  and  paper  applications  will  be  accepted.  In  the  later  cases,  materials  should  be  sent  to:,  or  Applied  Mathematics  Search  Committee,  Department  of  Mathematics  and  Statistics,  American  University,  Washington,  DC  20016‐8050.  Applications  received  by  December  1,  2011  will  receive  full  consideration.  American  University  is  an  EEO/AA  institution,  committed  to  a  diverse  faculty,  staff,  and  student  body.  Women  and  minority  candidates  are  strongly  encouraged  to  apply.  American  University  offers  employee  benefits  to  same‐sex  domestic  partners  of  employees  and  prohibits  discrimination  on  the  basis  of  sexual  orientation/preference  and  gender  identity/expression.  

Arthur G. Shapiro | Professor of Psychology | American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW | Washington, DC  20016 
office: 202.885.1759 | lab: 202.885.1743 

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Position at DCCN

Dear Comp-Neuros, find below details for a new post-doctoral position
at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, in the Netherlands.
Here is the job advert on Learning and Memory.
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[Comp-neuro] Workshop on Sounds and Sound Processing

Making Sense of Sounds

Workshop on Sounds and Sound Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems

20/21 February 2012, Plymouth UK

How much can we learn about what is going on in the world simply by listening?

Living organisms constantly generate sonic cues about their presence as they move and interact with the world around them. What can we tell about their behaviour or state of mind through the sounds they emit or modulate as they act and interact with the environment?

This workshop will discuss many aspects of sound processing, including sound perception in natural systems (humans and animals), the use of sounds to probe the environment (bio-sonar), computational modelling of auditory processing, and the development of bio-inspired real-time sound processing systems.

Submissions are invited that address, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  • Listening in time
  • Listening in the real world
  • Listening to movement
  • Neural basis for auditory perception
  • Bio-inspired hardware devices and systems

Submissions may take the form of a talk, poster or demo; please indicate your preferred medium.


  • Abstract : 31 December 2011
  • Registration : 31 January 2012

Invited Speakers

  • Andreas Andreou (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Tjeerd Andringa (Groningen University)
  • Guy Brown (Sheffield University)
  • Maria Chait (Ear Institute, UCL)
  • Susan Denham (Plymouth University)
  • Julio Georgiou (University of Cyprus)
  • Alexander Gutschalk (Heidelberg University)
  • Giacomo Indiveri (University of Zurich)
  • Georg Klump (Oldenburg University)
  • Katrin Krumbholz (MRC Institute of Hearing Research)
  • Maneesh Sahani (Gatsby Institute, UCL)
  • Thomas Wennekers (Plymouth University)
  • Istvan Winkler (Institute for Psychology, Hungary)

Conference venue will be the Plymouth Marine Aquarium

There will be a conference dinner at the Aquarium Feb the 20th, and a public evening talk at Feb 21 by Andreas Andreou: "Mind from matter; a journey through sound"

Participating in this workshop is free and there is some financial support for those students or postdocs needing it.

Abstracts (100-200 words) should be submitted by email to:

Workshop websites with additional information:

Please send any further enquiries to Lucy Davies:

This workshop is funded by the European Community through grant ICT-231168-SCANDLE --- "SCANDLE: acoustic SCene ANalysis for Detecting Living Entities"

[Comp-neuro] Two professorial posts, University of Birmingham

We are looking for two new professors, and would be interested to expand our computational neuroscience portfolio. The adverts are available here:

I would be very grateful if you would bring these two chair openings to the attention of any of your colleagues who might also be interested to move to one of the UKs strongest Psychology departments.


Professor R.C. Miall
Behavioural Brain Sciences Tel +44 121 414 2867
School of Psychology, Fax +44 121 414 4897
University of Birmingham, Mobile: 07709 586997
Edgbaston, Email:
Birmingham B15 2TT UK Web:

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Monday, September 26, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Training Fellowships @ Gatsby

The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit invites applications for a
postdoctoral training fellowship in theoretical neuroscience and related
areas. Research in the Unit focuses on the interpretation of neural
data, population coding, perceptual processing, neural dynamics,
neuromodulation, and learning. The Unit also has significant interests
across a range of areas in machine learning. For further details of our
research please see:

Details are available through

Applications must be made online via the UCL job vacancies website:

The closing date for applications is 31st October, 2011. Interviews will
be held 30th November, 2011.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

[Comp-neuro] PhD/Postdoc position within ERC-Advance Investigators Grant" The merging of the senses: understanding multisensory experience". (Peter König, University Osnabrück)

The research group for Neurobiopsychology (Prof. Dr. Peter König) at the Institute of Cognitive Science invites applications for the following positions

a) 1 Researcher (Postdoc level) (Salary level according to E 13 TV-L, 100%)
b) 3 Researchers (Salary level according to E 13 TV-L, 50%)

to be filled at earliest practicable date for a period of 3 years each.

The positions involve research within the ERC Advanced Investigators Grant "The merging of the senses: understanding multisensory experience" (jointly awarded with Prof. Dr. Andreas K Engel, University Clinics Hamburg Eppendorf) that is running for a total of 5 years. They focus on processing of multimodal sensory information and sensorimotor integration under natural conditions. This includes behavioral measurement, psychophysical methods, physiological measurements (EEG, MEG, TMS), methods of sensory augmentation, mathematical modeling, computer simulations and brain-computer interfaces. Furthermore, the position involves participation in teaching Cognitive Science courses. The position allows for further qualification.

Employment prerequisites:
For a) Candidates are expected to have a scientific university degree, a PhD, a good research record in at least one of the areas listed above as well as a good command of the English language.
For b) Candidates are expected to have a scientific university degree, a good research record in at least one of the areas listed above as well as a good command of the English language

The University of Osnabrück strives for an increase in the number of women in academic employment. Women are therefore especially encouraged to apply and will be preferentially considered under the condition of equal qualification. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualification will be given a preference.

Applications with the usual documentation should be submitted no later than October 14th, 2011 to the Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Albrechtstraße 28, 49076 Osnabrück. Further information can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Peter König, (pkoenig@uni-

--  Prof. Dr. Peter König Institute of Cognitive Science University Osnabrück Albrechtstr. 28 49076 Osnabrück  +49 541 969 2399

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Research Fellow/Assistant in Zebrafish Brain Imaging in Singapore

Research Fellow/Assistant in Zebrafish Brain Imaging in Singapore

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Fellow or a Research Assistant in a joint project between the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore and the A*STAR - Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Neuroscience Research Partnership. The successful applicant will join a team of researchers in developing an immersive virtual reality setup that will be used in conjunction with optical imaging to record neuronal activity in the brain of a behaving zebrafish. The project will make use of electrophysiological techniques, computer vision algorithms, and methods in computer graphics to create a realistic environment in which the zebrafish will be able to navigate.

· Ph.D. or Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering or related fields
· Strong background in computer vision and computer graphics
· Good programming skills in C and Matlab
· Fluency in written and spoken English
· Applicants for the Research Assistant position have to be Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries

· Set up electrophysiological recordings to detect movements in the zebrafish
· Develop computer vision algorithms that are able to decipher the movements of the zebrafish
· Construct a realistic virtual reality environment in which the zebrafish will be able to navigate
· Contribute to and promote research activities of the research team
· Supervise undergraduate and graduate student research projects

The appointment can commence immediately and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants should send their motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and publication list via email to Dr. Shih-Cheng Yen (

Assistant Professor Shih-Cheng YEN :: National University of Singapore :: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Block E4, #05-45, 4 Engineering Drive 3, Singapore 117576 :: +65-6516 2118 (DID) :: +65-6777 3117 :: (E) :: (W) :: Company Registration No: 200604346E

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Monday, September 19, 2011

[Comp-neuro] CFP: NIPS 2011 Workshop on Machine Learnig and Interpretation in Neuroimaging (merged with "Interpretable Decoding of Higher Cognitive States from Neural Data")

Call for Papers  


(NOTE: this workshop is now MERGED with the  NIPS workshop on "Interpretable Decoding of Higher Cognitive States from Neural Data")

December 16-17, 2011, Melia Sierra Nevada & Melia Sol y Nieve, Sierra Nevada, Spain

Submission deadline (EXTENDED):  October 17th, 2011  

Modern multivariate statistical methods have been increasingly applied to various problems in neuroimaging, including "mind reading", "brain mapping", clinical diagnosis and prognosis. Multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) is a promising machine-learning approach for discovering complex relationships between high-dimensional signals (e.g., brain images) and variables of interest (e.g., external stimuli and/or brain's cognitive states). Modern multivariate regularization approaches can overcome the curse of dimensionality and produce highly predictive models even in high-dimensional, low-sample scenarios typical in neuroimaging (e.g., 10 to 100 thousands of voxels and just a few hundreds of samples).

However, despite the rapidly growing number of neuroimaging applications in machine learning, its impact on how theories of brain function are construed has received little consideration. Accordingly, machine-learning techniques are frequently met with skepticism in the domain of cognitive neuroscience. In this workshop, we intend to investigate the implications that follow from adopting machine-learning methods for studying brain function. In particular, this concerns the question how these methods may be used to represent cognitive states, and what ramifications this has for consequent theories of cognition. Besides providing a rationale for the use of machine-learning methods in studying brain function, a further goal of this workshop is to identify shortcomings of state-of-the-art approaches and initiate research efforts that increase the impact of machine learning on cognitive neuroscience.

Decoding higher cognition and interpreting the behavior of associated classifiers can pose unique challenges, as these psychological states are complex, fast-changing and often ill-defined. For instance, speech is received at 3-4 words a second; acoustic, semantic and syntactic processing occur in parallel; and the form of underlying representations (sentence structures, conceptual descriptions) remains controversial. ML techniques are required that can take advantage of patterns that are temporally and spatially distributed, but coordinated in their activity. And different recording modalities have distinctive advantages: fMRI provides millimeter-level localization in the brain but poor temporal resolution, while EEG and MEG have millisecond temporal resolution at the cost of spatial resolution. Ideally, machine learning methods would be able to meaningfully combine complementary information from these different neuroimaging techniques, and reveal latent dimensions in neural activity, while still being capable of disentangling tightly linked and confounded sub-processes.

Moreover, from the machine learning perspective, neuroimaging is a rich source of challenging problems that can facilitate development of novel approaches. For example, feature extraction and feature selection approaches become particularly important in neuroimaging, since the primary objective is to gain a scientific insight rather than simply learn a ``black-box'' predictor. However, unlike some other applications where the set features might be quite well-explored and established by now, neuroimaging is a domain where a machine-learning researcher cannot simply "ask a domain expert what features should be used", since this is essentially the question the domain expert themselves are trying to figure out. While the current neuroscientific knowledge can guide the definition of specialized 'brain areas', more complex patterns of brain activity, such as spatio-temporal patterns, functional network patterns, and other multivariate dependencies remain to be discovered mainly via statistical analysis.

The list of open questions of interest to the workshop includes, but is not limited to the following:

    - How can we interpret results of multivariate models in a neuroscientific context?
    - How suitable are MVPA and inference methods for brain mapping?
    - How can we assess the specificity and sensitivity?
    - What is the role of decoding vs. embedded or separate feature selection?
    - How can we use these approaches for a flexible and useful representation of neuroimaging data?
    - What can we accomplish with generative vs. discriminative modelling?
    - How can ML techniques help us in modeling higher cognitive processes (e.g. reasoning, communication, knowledge representation)?
    - How can we disentangle confounded processes and representations?
    - How do we combine the data from different  recording modalities (e.g. fMRI, EEG, structural MRI, DTI, MEG, NIRS, EcOG, single cell recordings, etc.)?

Workshop Format:

In this two-day workshop we will explore perspectives and novel methodology at the interface of Machine Learning, Inference, Neuroimaging and Neuroscience. We aim to bring researchers from machine learning and neuroscience community together, in order to discuss open questions, identify the core points for a number of the controversial issues, and eventually propose approaches to solving those issues.

The workshop will be structured around 4 main topics:
       - Machine learning and pattern recognition methodology
       - Interpretable decoding of higher cognitive states from neural data
       - Causal inference in neuroimaging
       - Linking machine learning, neuroimaging and neuroscience

Each session will be opened by 2-3 invited talks, and an in depth discussion. This will be followed by original contributions. Original contributions will also be presented and discussed during a poster session. Each day of the workshop will end with a panel discussion, during which we will address specific questions, and invited speakers will open each segment with a brief presentation of their opinion.

This workshop proposal is part of the PASCAL2 Thematic Programme on Cognitive Inference and Neuroimaging (  

Paper Submission:

We seek for submission of original (previously unpublished) research papers. The length of the submitted papers should not exceed 4 pages in Springer format (here are the  LaTeX2e style files), excluding the references. We aim at publishing accepted paper after the workshop in a proceedings volume that contains full papers, together with short (5-page) review papers by the invited speakers. Authors are expected to prepare a full 8 page paper for the final camera ready version after the workshop.

Submission of previously published work is possible as well, but the authors are required to mention this explicitly. Previously published work can be presented at the workshop, but will not be included into the workshop proceedings (which are considered peer-reviewed publications of novel contributions). Moreover, the authors are welcome to present their novel work but choose to opt out of the workshop proceedings  in case they have alternative publication plans.

Important dates:

- October 17th, 2011 - paper submission  
- October 24th, 2011 -   notification of acceptance/rejection
- December 16th - 17th - Workshop in Sierra Nevada, Spain, following the NIPS conference

Invited Speakers:

Elia Formisano (Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands) 
Polina Golland (MIT, US)
James V. Haxby (Dartmouth College, US)
Tom Mitchell (CMU, US)
Daniel Rueckert (Imperial College, UK)
Peter Spirtes (CMU, US)
Gaël Varoquaux (Neurospin/INRIA, France)

Program Committee:
Melissa Carroll (Google, New York)
Guillermo Cecchi (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Kai-min Kevin Chang, Language Technologies Institute & Centre for Cognitive Brain Imaging, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)
Moritz Grosse-Wentrup (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen)
James V. Haxby (Dartmouth College)
Georg Langs (Medical University of Vienna)*
Anna Korhonen (Computer Laboratory & Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge)
Bjoern Menze (ETH Zuerich, CSAIL, MIT)
Brian Murphy (Computation, Language and Interaction Group, Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento)*
Janaina Mourao-Miranda (University College London)
Vittorio Murino (University of Verona/Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
Francisco Pereira (Princeton University)
Irina Rish (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)*
Mert Sabuncu (Harvard Medical School)
Irina Simanova (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics & Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen)
Bertrand Thirion (INRIA, NEUROSPIN)

      Primary contacts:

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup
Georg Langs               
Brian Murphy               
Irina Rish                    

Thursday, September 15, 2011

[Comp-neuro] PhD position available at Italian Institute of Technology

Dear comp-neuro people,

we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student interested in a multidisciplinary approach toward the study of the basic mechanisms underlying GABA neurotransmission. The research position, available at Andrea Barberis group will focus on the gating properties of GABA receptors by means of patch-clamp experiments. The successful student will complete its research by working on realistic mathematical models that will be developed in collaboration with Thierry Nieus, a computational neuroscientist at the NBT department.

Knowledge in biophysics and neurophysiology is highly valued. Patch clamp experience and programming skills (e.g. Python, Neuron, Matlab) are desirable. Applications should include a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, names of at least 2 referees and a copy of university degree (diploma or equivalent M.Sc.). Please send your application electronically as a single PDF file to Andrea Barberis ( or/and Thierry Nieus (

Because of the closeness of the call (next week!, Friday September the 23th) we invite people interested in the position to contact us as soon as possible.

List of significant publications:

Influence of GABAAR monoliganded states on GABAergic responses. J Neurosci. 2011 Feb 2;31(5):1752-61. Petrini EM, Nieus T, Ravasenga T, Succol F, Guazzi S, Benfenati F, Barberis A.

LTP regulates burst initiation and frequency at mossy fiber-granule cell synapses of rat cerebellum: experimental observations and theoretical predictions. J Neurophysiol. 2006 Feb;95(2):686-99. Epub 2005 Oct 5. Nieus T, Sola E, Mapelli J, Saftenku E, Rossi P, D'Angelo E.

Thierry Nieus, Post Doc Department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) Via Morego 30, 16163 Genoa Italy phone: +39 010 71781580 fax:   +39 010 71781230 skype: thierry.nieus 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[Comp-neuro] NEURON course at SFN 2011 meeting deadline approaching

Space is still available in the NEURON course that we will be
presenting at this year's meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
However, the registration deadline is October 14, just one month
from today, so you should act soon if you intend to take the
course. For more information and an on-line application form see

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Opto-Scholars Program of the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative

Opto-Scholars Program of the Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative

The Cognitive Rhythms Collaborative is a group of Boston-based scientists
who have begun to work together to advance our understanding of the brain
dynamics underlying cognitive functions such as attention, sensation,
motor planning, and memory. There is a growing consensus that dynamics are
central to understanding how the brain works, but major gaps exist in what
we know and in how we seek to understand more. The CRC has focused on the
dynamical regime most strongly associated with cognition, rhythmic
activity in the frequency range 1 - 200 Hz. Its central aims are to
characterize the physiological origins and functions of such rhythms and
to understand how pathologies in rhythmic dynamics are related to symptoms
and mechanisms of neurological disease. Mathematical modeling,
cutting-edge statistical techniques, and their implementation as computer
algorithms will be critical to carrying out its scientific program. The
CRC has recently been funded for five years by the National Science
Foundation. The grant will support the CRC, concentrating on the
application of the mathematical sciences to the investigation of brain
dynamics and the potential for new mathematical, statistical and
computational techniques driven by challenging scientific problems. This
includes support of a technology core that will create new
hardware/software platforms to support such techniques.

The CRC will support visiting scholars to conduct optogenetics or other
neurotechnology-driven experiments in the field of neural dynamics. The
CRC can host 1-2 people per year to conduct entire experiments over 3-9
month timescales. Preference will be given to tenured or tenure-track
faculty members, and to investigators from institutions where introduction
of such technologies would greatly enhance research in the home
institution. Opto-Scholars must provide their own living expenses (e.g.,
housing, food, etc.), as no stipend is provided; however, materials and
services costs (e.g., light sources, viruses, animal costs) for approved
projects will be covered. Admissions will be done on a rolling basis.

Applicants should send a CV, a 1-page description of the proposed project,
and names of three references, to Dr. Ed Boyden, at,
with the email subject line beginning with "[opto-scholars]". More
information can be found at .

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fwd: [Comp-neuro] Vacant positions at TNB, 2 Postdoctoral Fellows

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mike Wijnants <>
Subject: [Comp-neuro] Vacant positions at TNB, 2 Postdoctoral Fellows
Date: September 12, 2011 2:32:06 AM CDT

Postdoctoral Fellows: Two EC-funded postdoctoral positions are available in Dr. Michele Giugliano's group at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). 
Applicants must have solid in vitro experience with patch-clamp in brain slices and in primary neuronal cell cultures. Experience in the domains of in vitro multielectrode arrays, optogenetics, photoactivation, analysis of synaptic transmission, neuronal excitability and population activity will be a plus.

Research will focus on 1) interfacing novel materials to neuronal microcircuitry as bidirectional nano-scale interfacing devices, as well as on 2) using novel optogenetic and electrophysiological techniques for quantitively dissect network electrophysiology and its plasticity, relevant for natural and synthetic memories formation, deletion, and re-writing. This research, funded by the European Commission, aims ultimately at developing unconventional scientific & technological approaches for advancing our understanding on collective emerging behavior in neuronal ensembles, as well as for designing the next generation of neuroprosthetics and cognitive interfaces.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the European-wide laboratories consortia of these projects, constitute a strong research community, with many opportunities for collaboration and development of laboratory skills. The city of Antwerp, where the laboratory is located, is the home town of the painter Rubens, 2nd city in Belgium, and receptacle of monuments, museums and churches. It is the 2nd largest harbor in Europe, the world's top centre for diamond processing, and a lively multi-cultural pocket-size metropolis. Only ~3h away from London or Koln, and 2h from Paris or Amsterdam, Antwerp is literally located at the center of Europe and it is an attractive, inspiring, historic place.

Applications MUST include an extended CV, a motivation letter, and names and addresses of three references. Material should be addressed electronically to Mrs. Chris Ploegaert, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Antwerpen, Born-Bunge Foundation, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium,, until December 1st, 2011 (mass-emails will be trashed). For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Michele Giugliano ( or visit the website
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fwd: [Comp-neuro] Neural Coding in Sensory Systems Conference, Austria

From: Tori Williford <>
Date: September 8, 2011 2:26:54 PM CDT
Subject: [Comp-neuro] Neural Coding in Sensory Systems Conference, Austria

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce the 2012 FENS IBRO/HERTIE winter school in "Neural Coding in Sensory Systems" to be held in Obergurgl, Austria in January 5-15, 2012.
The application process for advanced PhD students and postdocs in neuroscience-related fields is now open and applications can be submitted electronically via The application deadline is September, 19, 2011.

Please find more information in the attached pdf.

Best regards

Andreas Tolias (Houston, TX, USA)
Matthias Bethge (Tubingen, Germany)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Neural Coding in Sensory Systems Conference, Austria

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce the 2012 FENS IBRO/HERTIE winter school in "Neural Coding in Sensory Systems" to be held in Obergurgl, Austria in January 5-15, 2012. 
The application process for advanced PhD students and postdocs in neuroscience-related fields is now open and applications can be submitted electronically via The application deadline is September, 19, 2011. 

Please find more information in the attached pdf.

Best regards

Andreas Tolias (Houston, TX, USA)
Matthias Bethge (Tubingen, Germany)

[Comp-neuro] Brain Corporation job: 7 full-time industry positions in computational neuroscience of vision

Seven full-time positions in computational neurosciences of vision at all levels are available immediately at Brain Corporation, San Diego, CA, to develop a biologically detailed spiking model of the mammalian visual system.

REQUIREMENTS: (1) Published record of research on spiking networks, spike-timing dynamics, or STDP, (2) knowledge of the visual system beyond standard textbooks, and (3) excellent programming skills in MATLAB, PYTHON, or C/C++. Preference will be given to those who conducted research on spike-timing dynamics in visual processing.

The employee compensation package includes industry-level salaries, annual performance-based bonuses, matching 401k contributions, and a stock option grant.  Additionally, employees have access to facilities and amenities of Brain Corporation partner - Qualcomm Inc. - a leader in semiconductor technology.

Submit your CV/resume and relevant papers to Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich at <jobs AT braincorporation com>. In your cover letter, please address all three requirements, your availability date, and your eligibility to work in the US.

Applications without addressing the 3 requirements will not be considered or acknowledged.

Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich
Chairman & CEO
Brain Corporation
San Diego, California

Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich
Chairman & CEO
Brain Corporation
5665 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA, 92121
(858) 683-3402

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position

[post on behalf of Joern Diedrichsen]


The Motor Control Group in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (PI: Joern Diedrichsen) has an open postdoctoral position for the project "Learning and recovery of skilled finger movements", funded for 36 month by the Wellcome Trust. The goal of the project is to use the multivariate analysis of fMRI activity patterns to understand the acquisition (and re-acquisition) of skilled motor behaviours. Ideally, the postholder has a strong background (or strong will to acquire it) in fMRI, computational neuroscience, and motor control / learning.  


Closing date for applications is the 4th of October.


More about the lab:

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply on line please go to and search on Reference Number 1206249.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

[Comp-neuro] FINAL CALL for Posters - 19th Annual Dynamical Neuroscience Meeting

19th Annual Dynamical Neuroscience Satellite Symposium


Deep Brain Stimulation in Mental Illness, Neurological Disorders and Cognitive Impairment


Preceding the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience


Thursday and Friday, November 10-11, 2011


Marriott Renaissance Washington Hotel

Mount Vernon Square Room

999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC


Deep Brain Stimulation is a treatment which has been initiated in over a dozen neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions and disorders, yet the mechanism(s) underlying its efficacy are largely unknown and subject to much speculation.  The procedure has also been reported to produce numerous instances of adverse effects, ranging from bleeding within the brain and infection to cognitive dysfunction, hallucinations, compulsivity and even depression. 


This symposium will address the current range of applications, efficacies, case studies, and the theory and modeling that attempt to uncover the biological underpinnings of its beneficial effects.  The ultimate goal is to bring about a greater understanding of the means by which the beneficial effects are produced, at the molecular, cellular and network levels. 


Invited Speakers


Helen M. Bronte-Stewart, Joseph J. Fins, Benjamin D. Greenberg, Jaimie M. Henderson,

Kendall H. Lee, Sarah Hollingsworth “Holly” Lisanby, Helen S. Mayberg, Cameron C. McIntyre,

Martha J. Morrell, Nicholas D. Schiff, Michele Tagliati, Philip A. Starr and Jerrold L. Vitek


Keynote Address


Winner of the 4th Annual Swartz Prize in Computational Neuroscience


Symposium Organizers


Cameron C. McIntyre, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Dennis L. Glanzman, NIMH/NIH


Poster Receipt Deadline:  September 30, 2011



For logistical information please contact Nakia Wilson, The Dixon Group, Inc., (202)-281-2825,


For programmatic information, please contact Dennis Glanzman, NIMH/NIH, (301) 443-1576,


There is no fee to attend this meeting.  Register and submit a poster at this website:


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

[Comp-neuro] DevLeaNN Workshop extended submission deadline: 23 September

[Apologies for multiple postings]


Call for Papers and Extended Abstracts
DevLeaNN: A Workshop on Development and Learning in Artificial Neural
October 27 and 28, in Paris, France

DevLeaNN is a two-day workshop devoted to showcasing the current
state-of-the-art at the intersection of development and learning in
artificial neural network design. The purpose of DevLeaNN is to gather
researchers from related streams of research to present both novel
research and summaries of research portfolios.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
* constructive or pruning techniques / network ensembles
* neural Darwinism
* neuro-evolutionary techniques
* reservoir computing (Echo State Networks, Liquid State Machines)
* deep neural networks
* artificial development / artificial embryogeny / generative and
developmental techniques
* genotype-to-phenotype mappings
* temporal / spatial development
* artificial genetic regulatory networks
* neuromodulation
* plasticity
* knowledge representation / population coding
* topological optimization

We are soliciting papers and extended abstracts. Both novel research and
summaries of existing research portfolios are welcome.

We are presently negotiating a published proceedings of extended
versions of submissions with Springer's Studies in Computational
Intelligence Series.

October 27-28, 2011
Institut des systèmes complexes, Paris, France

* Paper/Extended Abstract Submission: Friday 23 September, 2011
* Paper/Extended Abstract Notification: Wednesday 05 October, 2011
* Workshop: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October, 2011
(To accommodate time-conscious travellers, submissions received by the
old deadline, 9 September, will be notified by 23 September)

* Hugues Berry (Université de Lyon)
* Yaochu Jin (University of Surrey)
* Thomas Trappenberg (Dalhousie University)

For more information, or to submit or register, please visit:

Thanks for your attention, and we hope to see you in Paris!
T. Kowaliw, N. Bredeche, and R. Doursat

Taras Kowaliw, Ph.D.

Guest Researcher / Chercheur Post-Doctorant,
Institut des Systèmes Complexes - Paris Île-de-France,
Centre national de la recherche scientifique,
57-59 rue Lhomond, 75005, Paris, France
t.: +33 01 42 17 40 35 | f.: + 33 01 45 35 79 21
w.: | e.:

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[Comp-neuro] Call for Applications: Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience 2012

Dear colleagues,

I would like to bring to your attention that for the seventh time, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced an open call for applications for a "Bernstein Award".

The "Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience" is endowed with up to 1.25 Mio € for a period of five years and allows young scientists of all nationalities to establish an independent research group at a German university or research institution.

The BMBF announcement can be found under the following links:
German version
English version

Posters to announce the Bernstein Award locally can be downloaded from here:
German version
English version

Application deadline is May 2nd, 2012.

Kind regards,
Kerstin Schwarzwaelder
--   Dr. Kerstin Schwarzwälder Bernstein Coordination Site of the National Network for Computational Neuroscience Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg Hansastr. 9A 79104 Freiburg Germany  phone: +49 761 203 9594 fax: +49 761 203 9585