Wednesday, December 28, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Faculty Position in Cognitive Psychology at University of California, Riverside

The Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, invites
applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Cognitive
Psychology to start July 1, 2012. We seek applicants whose research
examines the cognitive neuroscience of human learning and memory. The
ideal candidate will contribute to our emerging emphasis in
experience-dependent change. Applicants should demonstrate a record of
research excellence using methodological approaches involving human
behavior, cognitive neuroscience, and/or computational modeling.
Individuals with interdisciplinary interests are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate
education and interest in teaching quantitative methods at the graduate
level is preferable. The Ph.D. is required and salary is commensurate with
education and experience. Review of applications will begin February 15,
2012 and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates
should send hardcopies of their curriculum vitae, a cover letter
describing research and teaching interests, reprints if available, and
arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Professor Steve Clark, Chair
Cognitive Search Committee
Department of Psychology
University of California ­ Riverside
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521.

The Riverside campus of the University of California is growing rapidly
and has an excellent psychology department with a strong record of success
in research, teaching, and extramural funding. For information on the
Department of Psychology, see our website at:
<>. The campus is located about 50 miles east of
Los Angeles and less than an hour¹s drive from the area¹s mountains,
deserts, and beaches.

The University of California, Riverside is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Springer's Cognitive Computation journal: Table of Contents, Vol.3, No.4 / Dec 2011 issue (and ISI Indexing good news)

Dear Colleagues: (with advance apologies for any cross-postings!)

We are delighted to announce the publication of Volume 3, No. 4 / Dec 2011,
of Springer's Cognitive Computation journal -

The individual list of published articles (Table of Contents) for Vol.
3, No. 4 / Dec 2011
can be viewed here (and also at the end of this message, followed by
an overview
of the previous Issues/Archive listings):

A list of the most downloaded articles (which can always be read for free) can
be found here:

The journal is also freely available on Springerlink during December -
through 31 Dec 2011.

Other 'Online First' published articles not yet in a print issue can
be viewed here:

New: Cognitive Computation indexing in ISI:
We are delighted to inform you that Cognitive Computation has been
selected for coverage in Thomson Reuter's products and services.
Beginning with V.1 (1) 2009, this publication is now indexed and
abstracted in:
♦ Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch®)
♦ Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
♦ Current Contents®/Engineering Computing and Technology
♦ Neuroscience Citation Index®
As such, the first Impact Factor for Cognitive Computation will be
available next year (in June 2012).

Reminder: New Cognitive Computation "LinkedIn" Group:
To further strengthen the bonds amongst the interdisciplinary audience of
Cognitive Computation, we have set-up a "Cognitive Computation LinkedIn
group", which has 200+ members already! We warmly invite you to join us

For further information on the journal and to sign up for electronic "Table
of Contents alerts" please visit the Cognitive Computation homepage: or follow us on Twitter at:  for the latest On-line First Issues.

For any questions with regards to LinkedIn and/or Twitter, please contact
Springer's Publishing Editor: Dr. Martijn Roelandse:

Finally, we would like to invite you to submit short or regular papers
describing original research or timely review of important areas - our
aim is to peer review all papers within approximately four weeks of
receipt. We also welcome relevant high quality proposals for Special
Issues (four are already planned for 2012-13!)

With our very best wishes for the New Year to all aspiring readers and
authors of Cognitive Computation,

Amir Hussain, PhD (Editor-in-Chief: Cognitive Computation)
E-mail: (University of Stirling, Scotland)
Igor Aleksander, PhD (Honorary Editor-in-Chief: Cognitive Computation)
John G. Taylor, PhD (Chair, Advisory Board: Cognitive Computation)

Table of Contents: Springer's Cognitive Computation, Vol.3, No.4 /
December 2011

An Improved Internal Model of Autonomous Robots by a Psychological Approach
Takashi Kuremoto, Masanao Obayashi, Kunikazu Kobayashi & Liang-Bing Feng

Problem-solving and Quantum Computation
Luís Tarrataca & Andreas Wichert

Modeling the Development of Goal-Specificity in Mirror Neurons
Serge Thill, Henrik Svensson & Tom Ziemke

BLISS: an Artificial Language for Learnability Studies
Sahar Pirmoradian & Alessandro Treves

Spatial Memory Sequence Encoding and Replay During Modeled Theta and
Ripple Oscillations
Vassilis Cutsuridis & Michael Hasselmo

Walk on the Random Side
Hector Zenil (ed): Randomness Through Computation. Some Answers, More
Questions, Wolfram research Inc, USA, 2011
Chryssa Sdrolia

Previous Issues/Archive: Overview:

The full listing of the Inaugural Vol. 1, No. 1 / March 2009, can be viewed
here (which included invited authoritative reviews by leading researchers in
their areas - including keynote papers from London University's John Taylor,
Igor Aleksander and Stanford University's James McClelland, and invited
papers from Ron Sun, Pentti Haikonen, Geoff Underwood, Kevin Gurney,
Claudius Gross, Anil Seth and Tom Ziemke):

The full listing of Vol. 1, No. 2 / June 2009, can be viewed here (which
included invited reviews and original research contributions from leading
researchers, including Giacomo Indiveri, Rodney Douglas, Jurgen Schmidhuber,
Thomas Wennekers, Pentti Kanerva and Friedemann Pulvermuller):

The full listing of Vol.1, No. 3 / Sep 2009, can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol. 1, No. 4 / Dec 2009, can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol.2, No. 1 / March 2010, can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol.2, No. 2 / June 2010, can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol.2, No. 3 / Aug 2010, can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol.2, No. 4 / Dec 2010, can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol.3, No.1 / Mar 2011 (Special Issue on:
Saliency, Attention, Active Visual Search and Picture Scanning, edited
by John Taylor and Vassilis Cutsuridis), can be viewed here:
The Guest Editorial can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol.3, No.2 / June 2011 can be viewed here:

The full listing of Vol. 3, No. 3 / Sep 2011 (Special Issue on:
Cognitive Behavioural Systems, Guest Edited by: Anna Esposito,
Alessandro Vinciarelli, Simon Haykin, Amir Hussain and Marcos
Faundez-Zanuy), can be viewed here:
The Guest Editorial for the special issue can be viewed here:

The Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland,
 number SC 011159.

The Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland,
number SC 011159.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

[Comp-neuro] Neuroengineering faculty position at Rice University

Dear Colleagues,

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice
University currently has an position for new faculty at the
intersection of embedded hardware, sensors, signal processing, and
neuroengineering. Specific areas of interest include interfaces at the
device, circuit, and systems levels; neural signal processing; and
brain-computer interfaces. While computational neuroscientists are not
specifically the target of the search, their applications are
encouraged. The closing date is February 15, 2012.

Please refer to the website: for more
information or to submit an application.

Caleb Kemere
Asst. Prof, Rice University ECE
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[Comp-neuro] The submission deadline of the 2nd IEEE Internacional Workshop of Smart Communication Protocols and Algorithms (IEEE SCPA 2012 - Summer)" has been extended to 07 January 2012.

To be in line with other IEEE ICC 2012 workshops, the submission deadline of the 2nd IEEE Internacional Workshop of Smart Communication Protocols and Algorithms (IEEE SCPA 2012 - Summer)" has been extended to 07 January 2012.

If you have already submitted a paper to the workshop, you can update your paper bebore the new submission deadline.

-------------------- CALL FOR PAPERS -----------------

The 2nd IEEE Internacional Workshop of Smart Communication Protocols and Algorithms (IEEE SCPA 2012 - Summer)
June 10-15, 2012, Ottawa, CANADA
In conjunction with IEEE ICC 2012

Selected papers will be invited to the Special Issue on Smart Protocols and Algorithms of the International Journal Network Protocols and Algorithms (ISSN 1943-3581)

Communication protocols and algorithms are needed to communicate network devices and exchange data between them. The appearance of new technologies usually comes with a protocol procedure and communication rules that allows data communication while taking profit of this new technology. Recent advances in hardware and communication mediums allow proposing new rules, conventions and data structures which could be used by network devices to communicate across the network. Moreover, devices with higher processing capacity let us include more complex algorithms that can be used by the network device to enhance the communication procedure.

Smart communication protocols and algorithms make use of several methods and techniques (such as machine learning techniques, decision making techniques, knowledge representation, network management, network optimization, problem solution techniques, and so on), to communicate the network devices to transfer data between them. They can be used to perceive the network conditions, or the user behavior, in order to dynamically plan, adapt, decide, take the appropriate actions, and learn from the consequences of its actions. The algorithms can make use of the information gathered from the protocol in order to sense the environment, plan actions according to the input, take consciousness of what is happening in the environment, and take the appropriate decisions using a reasoning engine. Goals such as decide which scenario fits best its end-to-end purpose, or environment prediction, can be achieved with smart protocols and algorithms. Moreover, they could learn from the past and !
use this knowledge to improve futur
e decisions.

In this workshop, researchers are encouraged to submit papers focused on the design, development, analysis or optimization of smart communication protocols or algorithms at any communication layer. Algorithms and protocols based on artificial intelligence techniques for network management, network monitoring, quality of service enhancement, performance optimization and network secure are included in the workshop.

We welcome technical papers presenting analytical research, simulations, practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, and papers addressing the key problems and solutions. The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, standards, deployments, implementations, running experiments and applications.

Topics of interest:
Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal, including, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:
� Smart network protocols and algorithms for multimedia delivery
� Application layer, transport layer and network layer cognitive protocols
� Cognitive radio network protocols and algorithms
� Automatic protocols and algorithms for environment prediction.
� Algorithms and protocols to predict data network states.
� Intelligent synchronization techniques for network protocols and algorithms
� Smart protocols and algorithms for e-health
� Software applications for smart algorithms design and development.
� Dynamic protocols based on the perception of their performance
� Smart protocols and algorithms for Smartgrids
� Protocols and algorithms focused on building conclusions for taking the appropriate actions.
� Smart Automatic and self-autonomous ad-hoc and sensor networks.
� Artificial intelligence applied in protocols and algorithms for wireless, mobile and dynamic networks.
� Smart security protocols and algorithms
� Smart cryptographic algorithms for communication
� Artificial intelligence applied to power efficiency and energy saving protocols and algorithms
� Smart routing and switching protocols and algorithms
� Cognitive protocol and algorithm models for saving communication costs.
� Any kind of intelligent technique applied to QoS, content delivery, network Monitoring and network management.
� Smart collaborative protocols and algorithms
� Problem recognition and problem solving protocols
� Genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic and neural networks applied to communication protocols and algorithms

Important Dates
Submission Deadline (Extended): January 7, 2012 (FIRM)
Acceptance Notification: February 1, 2012
Camera Ready Deadline: March 1, 2012

Submission guidelines:
All submissions must be full papers in PDF format and uploaded on EDAS (
All submissions should be written in English with a maximum paper length of five (5) printed pages (10-point font) including figures without incurring additional page charges.

General Chairs
Jaime Lloret, Univ. Politecnica Valencia, Spain
Joel Rodrigues, Inst. of Telecommunications, Univ. of Beira Interior, Pt

TPC Chairs
Ivan Stojmenovic, University of Ottawa, Canada
Kai Lin, Dalian University of Technology, China

Poster Chairs
Binod Vaidya, University of Ottawa, Canada
Bin Wei, AT&T, USA

Industry Chairs
Haohong Wang, Cisco
Chi-Ming Chen, AT&T, USA

Keynote Chair
Mbaye B. Sene, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal

Publicity Chairs
Sandra Sendra, Univ. Politecnica Valencia, Spain
Alejandro Canovas, Univ. Politecnica Valencia, Spain

Web Chair
Miguel Garcia, Univ. Politecnica Valencia, Spain
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Thursday, December 22, 2011


(A FENS-IBRO Training Center)

July 30 - August 24, 2012
Bedlewo, Poland

Applications accepted: January 9, 2012 - April 2, 2012


* Dieter Jaeger (Emory University, Atlanta, USA)
* Máté Lengyel (University of Cambridge, UK)
* Yifat Prut (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)
* Carl van Vreeswijk (CNRS, Université Paris Descartes, France)


* Daniel Wojcik (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland)
* Tiaza Bem (Institute Of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering,
Warsaw, Poland)

This year for the second time the Advanced Course in Computational
Neuroscience (ACCN) will be held at the Mathematical Research and
Conference Center (MRCC) of the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish
Academy of Sciences in the village Bedlewo in Poland.

The ACCN is for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
who are interested in learning the essentials of the field of
computational neuroscience.

The course has two complementary parts. Mornings are devoted to
lectures given by distinguished international faculty on topics across
the breadth of experimental and computational neuroscience. During the
rest of the day, students pursue a project of their choosing under the
close supervision of expert tutors. This gives them practical training
in the art and practice of neural modeling.

The first week of the course introduces students to essential
neurobiological concepts and to the most important techniques in
modeling single cells, synapses and circuits. Students learn how to
solve their research problems using software such as MATLAB, NEST,
NEURON, Python, XPP, etc. During the following three weeks the
lectures cover networks and specific neural systems and
functions. Topics range from modeling single cells and subcellular
processes through the simulation of simple circuits, large neuronal
networks and system level models of the brain. The course ends with
project presentations by the students.

The course is designed for students from a variety of disciplines,
including neuroscience, physics, electrical engineering, computer
science, mathematics and psychology. Students are expected to have a
keen interest and basic background in neurobiology as well as some
computer experience. Students of any nationality can apply.

Essential details:
* Course size: thirty students.
* Fee (which covers lodging, meals and excursions): EUR 1500.
* Scholarships and travel stipends are available.

* Application start: January 9, 2012
* Application deadline: April 2, 2012
* Deadline for letters of recommendation: April 9, 2012
* Notification of results: May, 2012

Information and application

Contact address:

* Daniel Wojcik
Nencki Institute
of Experimental Biology
3 Pasteur St
02-093 Warsaw

* email:


Ad Aertsen, University of Freiburg, Germany
Erik De Schutter, OIST, Japan
Alain Destexhe, UNIC CNRS, France
Quentin Huys, UCL, UK
Dieter Jaeger, Emory University, USA
Máté Lengyel, University of Cambridge, UK
Carole Levenes, Paris Descartes University, France
Germán Mato, Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina
Israel Nelken, Hebrew University, Israel
Yifat Prut, Hebrew University, Israel
Magnus Richardson, University of Warwick, UK
John Rinzel, New York University, USA
Ronen Segev, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Peggy Seriès, University of Edinburgh, UK
Gašper Tkačik, IST Vienna, Austria
Krzysztof Turlejski, Nencki Institute, Warsaw
Carl van Vreeswijk, Paris Descartes University, France
Daniel Wójcik, Nencki Institute, Warsaw


Birgit Kriener, UMB, Norway
Daniele Linaro, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Ulrike Richter, Lund University, Sweden
Cristina Savin, University of Cambridge, UK
Friedemann Zenke, EPFL, Switzerland


Chris Ploegaert, U Antwerp, Belgium
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[Comp-neuro] SAVE THE DATE: IPEG conference October 18-21, 2012

Dear colleague,

we hereby want to notify you of the upcoming biennial conference of the International Pharmaco-EEG Society (IPEG) which will be held at the New York University School of Medicine between October 18th and October 21st 2012.

The conference will start with a 1-day special symposium (Thursday October 18th, 2012) on 'EEG Based Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry' where the leading researchers in this area will present their results. This day will end with a round-table discussion working toward a road-map for the future of EEG Based Personalized medicine. In parallel, a Training Course will also be conducted. 

>From Friday October 19th to Sunday 21st the general program of the IPEG conference will take place, and the call for symposia, call for abstracts and posters are now open for submissions. The deadline for submitting a symposium is May 31st 2012 and the deadline for submitting oral presentations and posters is June 30th 2012. For more information also see: 

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
  • Prof. Max Fink (NY, US),
  • Prof. Diego Pizzagalli (Belmont, US)
  • Prof. Ulrich Hegerl (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Dr. Roberto Pascual-Marqui (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Leslie Prichep (NY, US)


Confirmed invited speakers for the EEG based personalized medicine symposium include:
  • Andrew Leuchter/Ian Cook (UCLA, US)
  • Gerald Bruder (Columbia University, US)
  • Daniel Hoffmann (CNS Response, US)
  • Evian Gordon (Brain Resource, Australia)
  • Martin Brunovsky (Czech Republic) 
  • Martijn Arns (Utrecht University, Netherlands, Research Institute Brainclinics)


Early bird registration lasts up-to May 31st 2012 at a rate of US $ 475,- including symposia, keynotes, lunch, coffee/tea and the special event on Thursday the 18th. Note that the rates for IPEG members are US $ 450,- so maybe consider joining IPEG and become a member! For registration please download the registration form, fill-out and E-mail to  


If you want yo receive further notifications related to the meeting, please send an E-mail message to

Looking forward seeing you in New York in October 2012,

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Leslie Prichep, Marc Jobert and Martijn Arns

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


An acting assistant professor position in mathematical and theoretical neuroscience is available in the working group of Eric Shea-Brown in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. In addition to research, responsibilities of this position will include teaching three one-quarter applied mathematics courses per year. The position is temporary and renewable up to three years. This is a full-time position and the faculty member will be expected to engage in the research, teaching and service mission of the Department of Applied Mathematics.

The research questions to be pursued focus on collective activity in neural networks -- its origin in network dynamics, its expression in terms of multivariate stochastic processes, and its role in encoding and transmitting information. Thus, there is a rich interplay among methods from dynamical systems, probability, and basic information theory. Lively collaboration with other theorists and experimentalists is the norm. More information about the work happening in the Shea-Brown group is at

The University of Washington offers superb neuroscience, mathematical science, and bioengineering communities with numerous opportunities for collaboration, and Seattle offers an interesting and extremely beautiful place to live. More about computational neuroscience at UW at

Requirements include (1) deep interest in theoretical neuroscience; (2) a PhD in mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, theoretical biology or neurobiology, statistics, physics, engineering, or a related area; (3) an ability and affinity for communicating mathematical science, both in cross-disciplinary collaborations and in the applied mathematics classroom.

The position provides a competitive annual salary and benefits.

To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and a description of research and teaching interests at Further, arrangements should be made to have three or four letters of references, at least one of which addresses the teaching experience or potential, uploaded at this website. Screening of applications will begin on January 15, 2012; the position has a flexible start date of Fall 2012 (could be moved depending on the applicant's needs). The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. AA/EOE._______________________________________________
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[Comp-neuro] ToC: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, volume 10, issue 4 (December) 2011

Dear Colleagues:

Send your next manuscript to JIN - "The only journal that combines
mathematical neuroscience and experimental brain research for the
advancement of a well-grounded theoretical neuroscience."

Journal of Integrative Neuroscience

Volume 10, No. 4 (December) 2011


1. Computing by physical interaction in neurons
D.Aur, M. Jog & R.R. Poznanski

2. Associable representations as field of influence for dynamic cognitive
L.Cacha & R.R.Poznanski

3. Modeling the spontaneous Ca2+ oscillations in astrocytes: inconsistencies and
J.Riera, R. Hatanaka, T.Ozaki & R. Kawashima

4. The impact of verbal framing on brain activity evoked by emotional images
M. A. Kisley, A.M. Campbell, J.M. Larson, A.E.Naftz, J.T.Regnier, & De.B.

5. Effect of frequency deviance direction on performance and mismatch negativity
I.S. Karanasiou, C. Papageorgiou, M. Kyprianou, E.I. Tsianaka, G.K.
Matsopoulos, E. M. Ventouras, & N. K. Uzunoglu

6. MEG evaluation of taste by gender difference
T.Gemousakakis, A.Kotini,, P.Anninos, A. Zissimopoulos, P.Prassopoulos

7. Asynchronous decoding of finger position and of EMG during precision grip
using CM cell activity: application to robot control.
S. Ouanezar, S. Eskiizmirliler & M. A. Maier

8. Cerebral ventricle on the Bezold-Jarisch reflex in spontaneously hypertensive
J.R.Cisternas, V. E. Valenti, M. A. Sato, F.L.A. Fonseca, P.H. N. Saldiva,
& L. C. de Abreu

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[Comp-neuro] Deadline extension || CfP: SMART 2012 || May 27 - June 1, 2012 - Stuttgart, Germany


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

The submission deadline is extended to January 16, 2012.

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

============== SMART 2012 | Call for Papers ===============


SMART 2012, The First International Conference on Smart Systems, Devices and Technologies

May 27 - June 1, 2012 - Stuttgart, Germany

General page:

Call for Papers:

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

Submission page:
Submission deadline: January 16, 2012

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 comply with the Editorial rules:

All tracks/topics are open to both research and industry contributions.

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

Future cities
Digital cities
Senseable city networks
Smart houses
Dynamic urban communications
Knowledge on urban economy
Public display and search
Indoor communications
SHUI (Smart Home User Interfaces)
Smart mobility
Pervasive urban applications
Ubiquitous computing in digital cities
Mobile crowdsourcing applications
Rural communications
Ambient assisted living
Smart multimedia services
Smart antennas
Smart urban electric cars
Smart atmospheric and population migration measurements
Smart energy and optimal consumption
Smart spaces
Ecological cities
Interactions between smart cities
Health informatics in smart cities
Mobility monitoring and control in smart environments
Navigating in smart environments
Smart information processing
Smart analytics
Internet of things in smart environments
Social networking in smart environments
Use Cases for Smart Homes/Cities
Sociocultural challenges in smart environments
Costs associated with smart cities


Technical Program Committee [open, in progress]
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[Comp-neuro] Undergraduate Summer Program in Computational Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon - University of Pittsburgh Joint Summer Undergraduate
Program in Computational Neuroscience

Undergraduates interested in receiving research training in computational
neuroscience are encouraged to apply to an NIH-sponsored summer program at
the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in Pittsburgh. The Center for
the Neural Basis of Cognition is a joint interdisciplinary program of
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The 2010
program will run from May 26 through August 4, 2012. The final deadline for
application is Feb 10. All participants must be United States citizens or
permanent residents, must be enrolled at a 4-year accredited institution,
and must be in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application.
Any undergraduate may apply, but we are especially interested in attracting
students with strong quantitative backgrounds with some experience in
calculus, statistics and/or computer programming. Experience in
neuroscience is not required. Students from groups underrepresented in the
sciences are encouraged to apply.

The core of the program is the opportunity to carry out an individual
mentored research project working closely with a faculty mentor. Other
aspects of the scientific program include: 12 faculty lectures on
computational neuroscience at the beginning, followed by student
presentations and discussion of articles from the scientific literature,
presentations on career options and scientific ethics, and a concluding
symposium in which students present their research.

Application form is available in

Application can be returned via email or regular mail (see addresses

In addition to the application, the following items are required for

* A brief (one page) essay about your interest and experience in neural
* Official transcript from the institution you are attending
* Two letters from professional references. You should contact your
recommenders and ask them to mail or email a letter directly to us.
* SAT/ACT scores (do NOT have to be official; photocopies are

Documents should be mailed to:
Computational Neuroscience Summer Program
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Suite 115
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2617

List of CMU-Pitt CNBC faculty working in computational neuroscience:

John Anderson (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology)
Aaron Batista (University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering)
Marlene Behrmann (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology)
Marlene Cohen (University of Pittsburgh, Neuroscience)
Steve Chase (Carnegie Mellon, ECE/Biomedical Engineering)
Justin Crowley (Carnegie Mellon, Biology)
Brent Doiron (University of Pittsburgh, Mathematics)
William Eddy (Carnegie Mellon, Statistics)
Bard Ermentrout (University of Pittsburgh, Mathematics)
Robert Kass (Carnegie Mellon, Statistics)
Charles Kemp (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology)
Tai Sing Lee (Carnegie Mellon, Computer Science)
Tom Mitchell (Carnegie Mellon, Machine Learning)
Carl Olson (Carnegie Mellon, Neural Basis of Cognition)
David Plaut (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology)
Steven Prescott (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology)
Lynne Reder (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology)
Johnathan Rubin (University of Pittsburgh, Mathematics)
Andrew Schwartz (University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering)
Daniel Simons (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology)
Matthew Smith (University of Pittsburgh, Ophthalmology)
Michael Tarr (Carnegie Mellon, Psychology)
David Touretzky (Carnegie Mellon, Computer Science)
Robert Turner (University of Pittsburgh, Neurobiology)
Valerie Ventura (Carnegie Mellon, Statistics)
Douglas Weber (University of Pittsburgh, Physical medicine and Rehabilitation)
Byron Yu (Carnegie Mellon, ECE/Biomedical Engineering)
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[Comp-neuro] Final Call for Papers: Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012), Shenyang, China, July 11-14, 2012

Dear friends:

On behalf of the General Chair, Professor Derong Liu, and
the Program Chairs: Robert Kozma (USA), Amir Hussain (UK),
Liang Zhao (Brazil) and Leslie Smith (UK), we are pleased
to invite you to submit your work(s) to "The 2012 International
Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2012)" to be held
in Shenyang, China, as a sequel of BICS 2004 (Scotland), BICS 2006
(Greece), BICS 2008 (Brazil), and BICS 2010 (Spain).

Shenyang is the capital city of Liaoning Province with a long history
and rich heritages. Shenyang was first used by the Manchu people as
their capital in the 17th century and is today the biggest city in
Northeastern China. Shenyang is now an important political,
industrial, and cultural center, and serves as the transportation and
commercial hub of Northeastern China. The city is well-known for its
modern infrastructure, convenient land and air transport network, and
abundant natural resources.

BICS 2012 aims to provide a high-level international forum for
scientists, engineers, and educators to present the state-of-the-art
in brain-inspired cognitive systems research and applications in
diverse fields, under the following four Symposia/Tracks:
Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS), Models of Consciousness (MoC),
Neural Computation (NC) and Biologically Inspired System (BIS).
The conference will feature plenary lectures given by
world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and
some special sessions focusing on popular and timely topics.

All papers accepted by and presented at BICS 2012 will be published by
Springer as multiple volumes of Lecture Notes in Artificial
Intelligence (LNAI) which will be indexed by EI and ISTP. Selected
papers will be published in special issues of several SCI journals.

Important Dates:
Special session proposals deadline---------------------January 1, 2012
Paper submission deadline------------------------------- January 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance----------------------------------March 1, 2012
Camera-ready copy and author registration-----------April 1, 2012

Paper submission & Conference Proceedings:
Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers (6-8
pages normally and 10 pages maximum) by the submission deadline -
through the online submission system
( The submission of a paper implies
that the paper is original and has not been submitted under review or
copyright protected elsewhere and will be presented by an author if
accepted. All submitted papers will be refereed by experts in the
field based on the criteria of originality, significance, quality, and
clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to
revise their papers and take consideration of the referees' comments
and suggestions.

BICS 2012 Sponsors:

Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
University of Stirling, Scotland
Chinese University of Hong Kong
University of Illinois at Chicago
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Springer, Germany

(Technical sponsors):
IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
International Neural Network Society
Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of
Behavior (AISB)
ICSC Interdisciplinary Research

Further details about the Conference, including the on-line submission
link for authors, can be found in the Conference website:

The Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland,
number SC 011159.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

[Comp-neuro] New deadline -- CFP Special Session "Learning in Spiking Neural Networks: Beyond Hebbian Learning" at IJCNN 2012

*** Updated Deadline: 18/01/2012 ***

Call for Papers:
Special Session "Learning in Spiking Neural Networks:
Beyond Hebbian Learning"

IJCNN 2012, Brisbane 10--15/06/2012

Deadline: now 18/01/2012, in line with main IJCNN conference.

Submission: via IJCNN submission system at the IJCNN 2011 homepage at


Spiking Neural Networks
Learning Algorithms
Supervised Learning
Unsupervised Learning.


Andre Gruning
Scott Notley
Yaochu Jin

Nature-Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE)
Department of Computing, University of Surrey
Email: [a.gruning|s.notley|yaochu.jin]

This special session aims to bring together researchers from
computational neuroscience, computational intelligence, machine
learning and cognitive science to discuss new ideas and present
efficient learning algorithms that go beyond Hebbian learning for
feed-forward, recurrent and reservoir based spiking neural

Today much evidence has been found in neuroscience that learning in
biological neural networks is correlation-based (Hebbian-style,
e.g. spike time dependent plasticity (STDP)). However cognitive
behaviour is often considered to be target-driven, which indicates a
supervised approach to learning rather than pure correlation-based

While a large number of both supervised and unsupervised efficient
learning algorithms have been developed and a wide range of
applications have been found for artificial neural networks, most
learning algorithms for spiking neural networks are still
correlation-based with few exceptions and limited success has been
reported on applying spiking neural networks to solving real-world

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

How can correlation-based learning on the neural level lead to
supervised learning behaviour on a higher functional level?

Can we implement learning algorithms that are technically efficient in
a biologically plausible way in networks of spiking neurons?

How synaptic, homeostatic and intrinsic plasticity rules influence
dynamics and learning performance of spiking neural networks?

What are typical applications of spiking neural networks where the
spiking behaviour is a real plus over the standard use of rate

Program Committee

Sander Bohte, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Netherlands.
Andre Gruning, University of Surrey, UK.
Razvan Florian, Coneural – Center for Cognitive and Neural Studies, Romania.
Yaochu Jin, University of Surrey, UK.
Nikola Kasabov, AUT, Australia.
Jian Liu, University of Goettingen, Germany.
Yan Meng, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Scott Notley, University of Surrey.
Filip Ponulak, Brain Corporation, San Diego, USA.
Peter Tino, University of Birmingham, UK.
Pierre Yger, University College London, UK.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

[Comp-neuro] CNS*2012: Save the Date!

Save the date!  

what:  The 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Computational Neuroscience (OCNS) will be held at Agnes Scott College, within walking distance from trendy downtown Decatur, Georgia, and a short train ride from downtown Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference theme is "Computational Neuroethology".  For up-to-date information, visit

whenThe main meeting (July 22nd – 24th, 2012) will be preceded by a day of tutorials (July 21st) and followed by two days of workshops (July 25th – 26th).  Abstract submission will open Jan 16th, 2012.  Registration will open April 1st, 2012.

who:  The keynote speakers for the meeting are
Don Edwards, Georgia State University, USA
Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh, UK
Malcolm MacIver, Northwestern University, USA

[Comp-neuro] 16th ICCNS conference: Call for Abstracts and Confirmed Invited Speakers

May 30 – June 1, 2012
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
BostonMassachusetts 02215 USA
Sponsored by the Boston University
Center for Adaptive Systems,
Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet),
Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science,
and Technology (CELEST)
with financial support from the National Science Foundation
This interdisciplinary conference is attended each year by approximately 300 people from 30 countries around the world. As in previous years, the conference will focus on solutions to the questions:
The conference is aimed at researchers and students of computational neuroscience, cognitive science, neural networks, neuromorphic engineering, and artificial intelligence. It includes invited lectures and contributed lectures and posters by experts on the biology and technology of how the brain and other intelligent systems adapt to a changing world. The conference is particularly interested in exploring how the brain and biologically-inspired algorithms and systems in engineering and technology can learn.  Single-track oral and poster sessions enable all presented work to be highly visible. Three-hour poster sessions with no conflicting events will be held on two of the conference days. Posters will be up all day, and can also be viewed during breaks in the talk schedule.

Martin Banks (University of CaliforniaBerkeley)
Combining depth information from disparity and blur
Helen Barbas (Boston University[Plenary Speaker]
Prefrontal pathways and flexible behavior
Nathaniel Daw (New York University)
Reinforcement learning: Beyond reinforcement
Paul Glimcher (New York University
The emerging standard model of human decision-making
Stephen Grossberg (Boston University[Plenary Speaker] 
Social cognition: How do children learn to follow gaze, share joint attention, imitate their teachers, and use tools during social interactions?
Lori Holt (Carnegie Mellon University
Using speech to listen in on auditory processing
Margaret Livingstone (Harvard Medical School)
Why do we have category specific domains and what good are they?
Zhong-Lin Lu (Ohio State University
Functions and mechanisms of perceptual learning
Christopher Pack (McGill University)
Short-term plasticity of receptive fields and functional connectivity in primate visual cortex
Max Riesenhuber (Georgetown University)
Object recognition in cortex: From pipelines to flyincrossbodies
Veit Stuphorn (Johns Hopkins University)
The role of the Supplementary Eye Field in value-based decision-making
Jeffrey Taube (Dartmouth College
Learning and memory in the head direction cell circuit
Gary Bradski (Willow Garage)
Perception tools and systems for autonomous robots
Stefano Fusi (Columbia University)
The importance of conjunctive neural representations in high cognitive functions
Jeff Krichmar (University of CaliforniaIrvine)
Neuromorphic and brain-based robots  
Greg Snider (HP Labs)
Inference and learning with dynamic fields
Max Versace (Boston University)
Intelligent machines or bust

Session Topics:
* vision
* image understanding        
* audition                   
* speech and language       
* unsupervised learning       
* supervised learning
* reinforcement and emotion
* sensory-motor control
* cognition, planning, and attention
* spatial mapping and navigation                                       
* object recognition
* neural circuit models
* neural system models
* mathematics of neural systems
* robotics
* hybrid systems (fuzzy, evolutionary, digital)
* neuromorphic VLSI
* industrial applications
* other
Contributed abstracts must be received, in English, by January 31, 2012. Email notification of acceptance will be provided by February 29, 2012.  A meeting registration fee must accompany each abstract. The fee will be refunded if the abstract is not accepted for presentation. Fees of accepted abstracts will be returned upon written request only until April 13, 2012.
Abstracts must not exceed one 8.5"x11" page in length, with 1" margins on top, bottom, and both sides in a single-column format with a font of 10 points or larger. The title, authors, affiliations, surface, and email addresses should begin each abstract. A separate cover letter should include the abstract title; name and contact information for corresponding and presenting authors; requested preference for oral or poster presentation; and a first and second choice from the topics above, including whether it is biological (B) or technological (T) work [Example: first choice: vision (T); second choice: neural system models (B)].
Contributed talks will be 15 minutes long. Posters will be displayed for a full day. Overhead and computer projector facilities will be available for talks. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the conference proceedings volume. No extended paper will be required.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically as Word files to using the phrase "16th ICCNS abstract submission" in the subject line or as paper hard copy (four copies of the abstract with one copy of the cover letter and the registration form) to Cynthia Bradford, Boston University677 Beacon StreetBoston MA 02215 USA. Fax submissions of the abstract will not be accepted.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is recommended using the registration form below. Student registrations must be accompanied by a letter of verification from a department chairperson or faculty/research advisor.

Sixteenth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems
May 30 – June 1, 2012
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
BostonMassachusetts 02215 USA
Fax: +1 617 353 7755
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The registration fee includes a copy of the conference proceedings volume, a reception on Friday night, and 3 coffee breaks each day.
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