Tuesday, January 31, 2012

[Comp-neuro] [ANN] Summer School "Advanced Scientific Programming in Python" in Kiel, Germany

Advanced Scientific Programming in Python
a Summer School by the G-Node and the Institute of Experimental and
Applied Physics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Scientists spend more and more time writing, maintaining, and
debugging software. While techniques for doing this efficiently have
evolved, only few scientists actually use them. As a result, instead
of doing their research, they spend far too much time writing
deficient code and reinventing the wheel. In this course we will
present a selection of advanced programming techniques,
incorporating theoretical lectures and practical exercises tailored
to the needs of a programming scientist. New skills will be tested
in a real programming project: we will team up to develop an
entertaining scientific computer game.

We use the Python programming language for the entire course. Python
works as a simple programming language for beginners, but more
importantly, it also works great in scientific simulations and data
analysis. We show how clean language design, ease of extensibility,
and the great wealth of open source libraries for scientific
computing and data visualization are driving Python to become a
standard tool for the programming scientist.

This school is targeted at Master or PhD students and Post-docs from
all areas of science. Competence in Python or in another language
such as Java, C/C++, MATLAB, or Mathematica is absolutely required.
Basic knowledge of Python is assumed. Participants without any prior
experience with Python should work through the proposed introductory
materials before the course.

Date and Location
September 2—7, 2012. Kiel, Germany.

Preliminary Program
Day 0 (Sun Sept 2) — Best Programming Practices
- Best Practices, Development Methodologies and the Zen of Python
- Version control with git
- Object-oriented programming & design patterns
Day 1 (Mon Sept 3) — Software Carpentry
- Test-driven development, unit testing & quality assurance
- Debugging, profiling and benchmarking techniques
- Best practices in data visualization
- Programming in teams
Day 2 (Tue Sept 4) — Scientific Tools for Python
- Advanced NumPy
- The Quest for Speed (intro): Interfacing to C with Cython
- Advanced Python I: idioms, useful built-in data structures,
Day 3 (Wed Sept 5) — The Quest for Speed
- Writing parallel applications in Python
- Programming project
Day 4 (Thu Sept 6) — Efficient Memory Management
- When parallelization does not help:
the starving CPUs problem
- Advanced Python II: decorators and context managers
- Programming project
Day 5 (Fri Sept 7) — Practical Software Development
- Programming project
- The Pelita Tournament

Every evening we will have the tutors' consultation hour: Tutors
will answer your questions and give suggestions for your own

You can apply on-line at http://python.g-node.org

Applications must be submitted before 23:59 UTC, May 1, 2012.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by June 1, 2012.

No fee is charged but participants should take care of travel,
living, and accommodation expenses. Candidates will be selected on
the basis of their profile. Places are limited: acceptance rate last
time was around 20%. Prerequisites: You are supposed to know the
basics of Python to participate in the lectures. You are encouraged
to go through the introductory material available on the website.

- Francesc Alted, Continuum Analytics Inc., USA
- Pietro Berkes, Enthought Inc., UK
- Valentin Haenel, Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique
Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
- Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek, Faculty of Physics, University of
Warsaw, Poland
- Eilif Muller, Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique Fédérale
de Lausanne, Switzerland
- Emanuele Olivetti, NeuroInformatics Laboratory, Fondazione Bruno
Kessler and University of Trento, Italy
- Rike-Benjamin Schuppner, Technologit GbR, Germany
- Bartosz Teleńczuk, Unité de Neurosciences Information et
Complexité, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
- Stéfan van der Walt, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute,
University of California Berkeley, USA
- Bastian Venthur, Berlin Institute of Technology and Bernstein
Focus Neurotechnology, Germany
- Niko Wilbert, TNG Technology Consulting GmbH, Germany
- Tiziano Zito, Institute for Theoretical Biology,
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Organized by Christian T. Steigies and Christian Drews of the
Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics,
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel , and by Zbigniew
Jędrzejewski-Szmek and Tiziano Zito for the German Neuroinformatics
Node of the INCF.

Website: http://python.g-node.org
Contact: python-info@g-node.org

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Monday, January 30, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Call for Participation: Kyutech-FIAS Joint Workshop on Brain System Technology 02.08.2012

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Dear all,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the:
Kyutech-FIAS Joint Workshop on Brain System Technology -From Brain to Technology

February 8, 2012, Kyushu Institute of Technology,
Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering,
Kitakyushu, Japan

Detail: http://www.kyutech.ac.jp/archives/001/201201/Kyutech-FIAS%20JWS_Leaflet2012.01.28.pdf

The brain inspired system (Brain-IS) as well as neurotechnology
researches have made remarkable progress, having potentials for
innovation of the system technology. The brain inspired innovation
may be called the "Brain System Technology." It will be able to
revolute our future contribution to society, but may also be a
fundamental research for the next generation of intelligent
robotics. As an international center of excellent in the Brain-IS
research, we hold a joint workshop on brain system technology,
together with Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany,
based on the following proposals: Excellent outcomes, resulted
from efforts of the Brain-IS and neurotechnology, significantly
affect researchers who can lead both the fields of brain science
and system technology. Welcome you all come to our workshop (free
of charge and no registration).

09:30-09:40 Opening speech
Kiyonori Yoshii,
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

09:40-10:10 Toward the brain inspired systems
Tetsuo Furukawa and Kiyohisa Natsume,
Kyutech Institute of Technology, Japan

10:10-11:00 [Keynote Speech] Let it learn!
Jochen Triesch,
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany

11:00-11:50 Brain inspired VLSI vision systems for robot and vehicle applications
Takashi Morie,
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

11:50-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:45 Parallel large scale unsupervised learning using expectation maximization
Joerg Bornschein,
Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany

13:45-14:30 Propagation of spikes governed by inhibition in hippocampal CA3 recurrent network
Toshikazu Samura1, Yasuomi D. Sato1,2 and Hatsuo Hayashi1,
1Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan,
2Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany

14:30 Closing

Dr. Yasuomi D. Sato
Assistant Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology,
Junior Fellow, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)
E-mail: sato-y@brain.kyutech.ac.jp, sato@fias.uni-frankfurt.de

Dr. Yasuomi D. Sato
Asstant Professor
Department of Brain Science and Engineering
Graduate School of Life Science and Systems Engineering
Kyushu Institute of Technology
2-4, Hibikino, Wakamatsu, Kitakyushu, 808-196, Japan
E-mail: sato-y@brain.kyutech.ac.jp
tel/fax: +81 93-695-6234
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[Comp-neuro] conference announcement

Apologies for multiple postings. This email is to announce a four-yearly conference on neuroscience and cognition (Neurocog 2012). This year's topic is on consciousness and cognitive control and will take place 3-4 December in Brussels (Belgium).
See this link for more information:

[Comp-neuro] Second Symposium on Biology of Decision-Making, Paris, France, 10-11 May 2012

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Dear colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the:
May 10-11 2012, Paris, France
Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle, Hôpital La Pitié Salpétrière, 47
Bd de l'Hôpital, 75013 Paris

The Second Symposium on "The Biology of Decision Making" will take
place on May 10-11, 2012 at the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle,
Hôpital La Pitié Salpétrière, 47 boulevard de l'Hôpital, 75013 Paris,
The objective of this two day symposium is to gather people from
different research fields with different approaches (economical,
behavioral, neural and computational approaches) to decision making. The
symposium will last for 2 days and will include 4 sessions:
Neuro-Economy, Neuro-Physiology, Neuro-Systems and Neuro-Computations.
As an invited professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2012,
Kenji Doya will give a plenary talk at the symposium.

Itzhak Aharon (IDC Herzliya, Israel)
Thomas Boraud (CNRS Université Victor Segalen – Bordeaux 2, France)
Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde (Aix-Marseille School of Economics / Institut
Jean Nicod, France)
Kenji Doya (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Benoît Girard (CNRS Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6, France)
Kevin Gurney (University of Sheffield, UK)
Boris Gutkin (CNRS Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
David Hansel (CNRS Université Paris Descartes – Paris 5, France)
Todd Hare (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Guillaume Hollard (CNRS, Economics Paris School, France)
Etienne Koechlin (CNRS Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)
Brian Lau (CRICM Paris / Columbia University, USA)
Arthur Leblois (Université Paris Descartes – Paris 5, France)
Mathias Pessiglione (INSERM Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle,
A. David Redish (University of Minnesota, USA)
Francesca Sargolini (Université de Provence – Aix-Marseille 1, France)
Tali Sharot (Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College
London, UK)
Philippe Tobler (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Marie-Claire Villeval (CNRS Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1, France)
Eyal Winter (Hebrew University of Jerusalem / Centre for the Study of
Rationality, Israel)

January 25, 2012 Early Bird Registration
March 31, 2012 Deadline for Registration and Poster Submission
May 10-11, 2012 Symposium Venue
For organizational issues, participants should register and/or submit
posters before March 31th 2012. In order to encourage scientific
exchanges in the field of decision making and in connected areas, the
registration is FREE OF CHARGE.

Thomas Boraud (CNRS / Institut des Neurosciences de Bordeaux,
Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2)
Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde (Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Université
dʼAix-Marseille / Institut Jean Nicod)
Mehdi Khamassi (CNRS  / Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de
Robotique, UPMC)
Mathias Pessiglione (INSERM / Centre de Recherche de l'Institut du
Cerveau et de la Moelle ICM)

Website, registration, poster submission and program:
Contact: sbdm2012 [ at ] isir.upmc.fr

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[Comp-neuro] position vacant

A full-time researcher position (PhD-student or Post-Doc; salary level TV-L 13) is available to further develop our neurocomputational model of speech production, speech perception, and speech acquisition.
See: www.speechtrainer.eu -> research
Code is already existing (JAVA, C++) but has to be extended for further research applications of the model.
The applicant should have solid experience in software development (JAVA, C/C++) and should have a strong interest in scientific research and publishing results on International conferences and in International Journals.
Ph.D. qualification is possible.
The position is limited to 3 years.

Please send your application via email:
Prof. Dr. Bernd J. Kröger
Department of Phoniatrics, Pedaudiology, and Communication Disorders
University Hospital Aachen and RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstraße 30, D-52074 Aachen, Germany
Homepage: http://www.speechtrainer.eu_______________________________________________
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Special session on Biologically-Inspired Signal Processing at ISSPA 2012, Montreal, deadline extension

Special Session on Biologically-Inspired Multimedia Signal Processing
The 11th International Conference on Information Science,
Signal Processing and their Applications (ISSPA'12)

3th-5th July 2012 Montreal, Canada.

Although significant progress has been made in the field of signal processing in the past decades, the capability of humans to analyze sensory signals largely outperform conventional signal processing methods. This difference in performance is even more pronounced in the fields such as vision, pattern recognition, auditory scene analysis, sound source separation and information coding. The superority of the human processing over conventional signal processing techniques is mainly due to the the fact that the human brain treats the sensory signals very differently. The human cognition relies on spiking neurons, heavily inter-connected neural networks, hierarchy, sparsity, and synchrony to analyze and decode sensory inputs.

The aim of this ISSPA'12 special session is to present the latest theoretical and practical advances in the field of biologically-inspired signal processing. Submissions are invited for the areas of biologically-inspired signal processing methods for audio, video and/or image applications or theoretical advances in biologically-inspired information coding.

Prospective authors are invited to submit full length (six pages) papers following the formatting guidelines available in the author-kit at"http://www.synchromedia.ca/isspa2012/en/submission.html" . All papers submitted to this session must include a clear link to the topic of the session. All papers will be subjected to a blind peer-review process by the conference technical program committee and review board.

All accepted papers will be included in the ISSPA 2012 Conference Proceedings. All papers accepted will be included in IEEE Xplore. At least one author of accepted papers are expected to register and present their papers at the Conference.

Important dates:
Full Paper Submission: Feb. 15 th, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: March 15 th, 2012
Camera Ready Paper: April 9th, 2012
Conference date and place: 3rd-5th July 2012, Montreal, Canada


Prof. Jean Rouat
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, QC
E-mail: jean.rouat@usherbrooke.ca
Tel: (819) 821-8000 ext: 3864

Dr. Hossein Najaf-Zadeh
Advanced Audio Systems Lab
Communication Research Centre
Ottawa, Canada
E-mail: hossein.najafzadeh@crc.ca
Tel: (613) 998-7203

Dr. Ramin Pichevar
Advanced Audio Systems Lab
Communication Research Centre
Ottawa, Canada
E-mail: ramin.pichevar@usherbrooke.ca
Tel: (613) 949-6451

Jean Rouat, Prof.

Université de Sherbrooke Université de Montréal
Professeur titulaire et dir. NECOTIS Professeur associé
Local C1-3108, dépt. GEGI FAS- Sciences biologiques
2500 boul. Université Pavillon Marie-Victorin
Sherbrooke, Québec 90 avenue Vincent-d'Indy
Canada, J1K 2R1 Montréal, Qc, H3C 3J7

téléphone: 819-821-8000 ext. 63864
fax: 819-821-7937
Jean.Rouat@ieee.org ou Jean.Rouat@usherbrooke.ca

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[Comp-neuro] Reminder: SAB 2012 Odense 27-31 August 2012

We invite you to submit a paper to SAB2012, note revised paper submission deadline.



The 12th International Conference on the SIMULATION OF ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR (SAB'12)
27-31 August 2012, Odense, Denmark


Conference Chairs: John Hallam, Christian Balkenius, Tom Ziemke
Local Organizers : John Hallam, Vibeke Nielsen


Paper submission deadline, February 29th, 2012
Call for workshop deadline, April 2nd, 2012
Conference dates, August 28th-30th, 2012
Workshop dates, August 27th and 31st, 2012

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring
together researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence,
alife, control, robotics, neurosciences, ethology, evolutionary
biology, and related fields so as to further our understanding of the
behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allow natural and artificial
animals to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. The conference
will focus on experiments with well-defined models --- robot models,
computer simulation models, mathematical models --- designed to help
characterize and compare various organizational principles or
architectures underlying adaptive behavior in real animals and in
synthetic agents, the animats.

Further information on topics etc. can be found on the conference web site
at http://www.sab2012.org/call.html


Following the tradition of SAB conferences, the conference will be
single track, with additional poster sessions. Each poster session
will start with poster spotlights giving presenters the opportunity to
orally present their main results.


The proceedings are published in the Springer Lecture Notes on
Artificial Intelligence. Both oral and poster presentations will be
published in the conference proceedings. Selected authors may
additionally be invited to submit extended versions for a conference
Special Issue of the Journal of Adaptive Behavior.


Submitted papers must not exceed 10 pages (double columns) using the
Springer formatting kit. Detailed submission instructions are
available from the conference Web site.


Please contact us at sab2012@isab.org in case of questions

John Hallam, Christian Balkenius, Tom Ziemke
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in Neuroinformatics at Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral position in Neuroinformatics: Children's Hospital Informatics Program, in collaboration with the Division of Developmental Medicine and Epilepsy Clinic
An immediate opening is available for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of William J. Bosl, Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston. This position provides an extraordinary opportunity to work collaboratively in neuroinformatics together with the laboratory of Charles A. Nelson, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, to participate in the discovery of early biomarkers for autism and developmental disorders. The position is funded for one year and is renewable annually pending availability of future funds.

DUTIES: The position involves working in close collaboration with the PI and with researchers and students in the Nelson lab. Specific duties include organizing and evaluating diagnostic test scores (ADOS, ADI, Mullen, others) and other medical data; implementation and execution of various programs to compute EEG signal features, map signal features and other physiological measures to behavioral assessments; statistical analysis of data; preparation and presentation of results at seminars; preparation of papers for publication. Candidates will have opportunities for interaction with researchers and clinicians in Developmental Medicine and Neurology, as well as to explore applications of neuroinformatics to epilepsy and global pediatric healthcare.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful candidates should have an PhD or equivalent in computer science, engineering, physics, cognitive or computational neuroscience, machine learning or a related field or equaivalent experience, with an interest in clinical applications of nonlinear EEG signal processing and psychiatric biomarkers to pediatric healthcare. Experience with one or more of the following will be helpful and enable a broader research experience:

§ Machine learning methods applied to EEG signal features

§ Feature extraction methods

§ Python, matlab, R, C/C++ or similar programming skills

§ Signal processing

§ Complex systems analysis, Recurrence Plot Analysis

§ Statistical data analysis, data mining

§ Experience with neuropsychological assessments
Successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain skill in each of these areas.
Applicants should send a CV or resume, statement of research interests and the names and contact information for up to three references to Dr. William Bosl at william.bosl@childrens.harvard.edu<mailto:william.bosl@childrens.harvard.edu>

William J. Bosl, Ph.D.
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Scientist, Children's Hospital Informatics Program
at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (CHIP@HST)
Adjunct lecturer, Boston University Behavioral Neuroscience Program

Email: william.bosl@childrens.harvard.edu
Web: http://www.chip.org/~wbosl
Office: 617-919-2517
Cell: 209-518-3219

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Friday, January 27, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Invitation to the first European NEURON course at IST Austria

Hi everybody!

I would like to announce that the Neuroscience group at the Institute of
Science and Technology (IST Austria) is organizing a computational
neuroscience course with NEURON. Feel free to forward this announcement
to interested people.

You can find a more detailed information at
http://www.ist.ac.at/NeuronCourse2012 (or see the information bellow).

Feel free to contact me if you're interested in attending to the course.

European NEURON Course at IST Austria


"European Neuron Course 2012" (NEURON 2012 Summer Course at IST)

When: Monday, August 20, through Friday, August 24, 2012

Where: Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria)
Klosterneuburg, Wien, Austria

Organizers: N.T. Carnevale , M.L. Hines, Jose Guzman and Peter Jonas

This 5-day-course is the European counterpart of the intensive course
held yearly in San Diego by the developers of NEURON (T. Carnevale and
M. Hines). The aim of this course is to learn about computational
strategies and modeling methods based on the NEURON simulation
environment. The course modules include lectures, demonstrations, and
hands-on exercises: The first 2 days are dedicated to the basic
curriculum and days 3-5 to more advanced topics.

For more information see

or contact

Jose Guzman
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
Am Campus 1
A – 3400 Klosterneuburg

Phone: +43 (0)2243 9000-8452
E-Mail: NeuronCourseRegistration@ist.ac.at

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[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position on Brain-Machine Interfaces

A post-doctoral position in the field of bidirectional brain-machine interfaces, integrating bioengineering, computer science and neuromorphic engineering is available at the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department of the Italian Institute of Technology in the groups of Dr. Chiara Bartolozzi and Dr. Alessandro Vato.

Research theme:

Interfacing the brain with artificial devices that might restore lost functionalities is one of today's greatest scientific and technological challenges. Brain activity must be correctly decoded and appropriate stimulation should be provided for understanding intentions and delivering feedback, respectively, and appropriate technology has to be developed to correctly interface with living tissue. In the long term, the developed devices have to meet severe constraints of compactness and low power consumption, but also include automatic mechanisms for self-calibration and adaptation to ever changing conditions.

The final goal of the project is to develop a HW system for implementing neural inspired strategies for decoding and encoding neural activity. To obtain this result, the candidate will strongly interact with the scientists developing models to guide them toward feasible hardware implementations. The resulting system will be integrated and tested in a bidirectional brain-machine interface system to evaluate the performances of the developed models.

This work will be part of the activities planned for the FET-Open project Si-Code (pending signature of the grant agreement). The consortium is coordinated by S. Panzeri, at IIT, and comprises Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA, Italy), the University of Zurich (INI, UZH|ETH, Switzerland), the Max Planck Institute for Biological cybernetics (MPI-BC, Germany), and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS, France)

The successful candidate holds a degree in physics, bioengineering or computer science and a background in neuroscience.

Location: The IIT is located in Genova, Italy, a charming seaside Mediterranean city right in the middle of the beautiful Italian Riviera, with a vibrant cultural life and with a much more affordable cost of living than many other European cities.

The contract has duration of 2 years. The working language of the institute is English. The Italian Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae to Chiara Bartolozzi (chiara.bartolozzi@iit.it) and Alessandro Vato (alessandro.vato@iit.it).

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.

We inform you that the information you provided will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Your data will be processed by  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego, 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper based means, observing the rules on protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.



[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in neuromorphic sensors design

A post-doctoral position in the field of event-driven, asynchronous, neuromorphic sensors is available at the Robotics Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in the Neuromorphic Systems and Interfaces group led Dr. Chiara Bartolozzi.

Research theme:

The “neuromorphic” engineering approach takes inspiration from biology to design hardware computing devices that are fundamentally different from current technology. This strategy has particular relevance for applications where biological systems outperform classical digital computers, such as the task of perception, where the system must process noisy and ambiguous stimuli to produce appropriate behavioral responses. The efficient and compact devices developed through this approach are especially suited for integration into autonomous artificial systems; an example is the design of smart sensors for robotic platforms.

The theme proposed for the available position is the development of event-driven neuromorphic vision sensors for the humanoid robot iCub (www.icub.org). Specifically, the activity will start from the optimization of existing prototypes and evaluation of their implementation on different technologies, to end up with the design of a high resolution space-variant sensor that will be integrated on the robot.

The successful candidate holds a degree in physics, electronic or biomedical engineering or similar and a background in neuroscience.

Location: The IIT is located in Genova, Italy, a charming seaside Mediterranean city right in the middle of the beautiful Italian Riviera, with a vibrant cultural life and with a much more affordable cost of living than many other European cities.

The contract has a duration of 2 years. The working language of the institute is English. The IIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae to Chiara Bartolozzi (chiara.bartolozzi@iit.it).

In order to comply with the Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), we have to kindly ask the candidate to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.

We inform you that the information you provided will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of IIT. Your data will be processed by IIT, with headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego, 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper based means, observing the rules on protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data. Please also note that, pursuant to art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.



Thursday, January 26, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Two postdoctoral positions: Molecular and Cellular Computational Neuroscience

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Computational Neuroscience Unit of Dr. Erik De Schutter at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (http://www.irp.oist.jp/cns/) to model molecular and cellular aspects of cerebellar Purkinje cell function.

The first position is to study the signaling pathways involved in cerebellar long-term depression at the parallel fiber to Purkinje cell synapse. You will be able to use a detailed stochastic model using the STEPS simulator (http://steps.sourceforge.net/) that replicates calcium uncaging experiments in detail (Tanaka et al. Neuron 54, 2007). This well mixed model with about 400 different reactions has generated new insights in the sources of stochasticity in synaptic plasticity. In the future we want to expand this work in two directions: to include diffusion, distributing reactions between the spine and dendrite, and to include induction of parallel fiber long-term potentiation. Candidates should have experience with modeling molecular reactions. Knowledge of cerebellar LTD or of similar systems preferred.

The second position is to use compartmental modeling approaches to study dendritic properties. We are particularly interested in the effects of ion channel modulation on excitability and plasticity; and in modeling growth and development and of the Purkinje cell dendritic forest (http://www.youtube.com/oistedu#p/u/4/hoJxgOdW3-Y). Candidates should have experience in compartmental neuron modeling, preferentially using the NEURON simulator. Knowledge of cerebellar physiology is a plus.

Good English language skills are essential for both projects. There will be ample opportunity to interact with modelers and software developers in the lab who are working on several Purkinje cell and cerebellar related projects and with other scientists at OIST.

We offer attractive financial and working conditions in an English language environment. Initial appointment for two years can start anytime this year. More information about the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology is available at http://www.oist.jp/

Send curriculum vitae, summary of research interests and experience, and the names of three referees to Dr. Erik De Schutter at erik@oist.jp

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[Comp-neuro] NETADIS - 12 ESR (PhD) positions across Europe

Dear Colleagues, 

We are recruiting Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for attractively funded three-year research projects, 
including the opportunity to study for a PhD degree in France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Italy and the UK.
I would be grateful if you could circulate this ad.

Yasser Roudi

NETADIS - 12 ESR (PhD) positions across Europe


Summary: The European network "Statistical Physics Approaches to Networks Across Disciplines" (NETADIS) is looking to recruit 12 excellent Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for attractively funded three-year research projects, including the opportunity to study for a PhD degree, at 9 leading European partner institutions. ESR positions should be taken up on 1 September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications should normally be submitted to the partner institutions by 15 March 2012. Later applications will be considered where possible.

Scientific overview: NETADIS aims to train a cadre of future research leaders in advanced methods of analysis, inference, control and optimization of network structure and dynamics, to maximize the impact of statistical physics approaches across a broad range of application areas. It is funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7.

Training will be organised via the 12 individual research projects, each defined by (a) the principal research theme and (b) the principal application domain. Research themes are (i) inference of interaction networks from data, (ii) the analysis of dynamical processes on networks of given structure, and of network evolution, and (iii) optimization and control (of networks, network-evolution, and processes). Application domains are (i) systems biology and neuroscience, (ii) information technology, computing and algorithms, (iii) socio-economic systems and finance, and (iv) network phenomena in physical systems, specifically in laser physics.

For further details of the scientific background and the research and training provision within NETADIS, candidates can consult extracts from the relevant contract with the European Research Executive Agency: see bit.ly/zqwfxD (Word), bit.ly/yKGHR7 (PDF).

The list of all NETADIS research projects is available here: bit.ly/x7zRTs (Word), bit.ly/ymkVMP (PDF).

Training overview: The 12 ESR research projects will be carried out at King's College London, Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), Universite Paris-Sud (Orsay), Technische Universitaet Berlin, Politecnico di Torino, La Sapienza University (Department of Physics and Institute for Chemical-Physical processes, CNR, Rome), NTNU (Trondheim, Norway), KTH (Stockholm, Sweden), and ICTP (Trieste). Four private sector partners (Human Genetics Foundation, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Sissa Medialab, Capital Fund Management) will make important contributions to the training provision.

Training for each individual ESR will be provided via on-the-job training, local training courses, and two targeted secondments to another network participant of 2-3 months length each. Network-wide training will include a scientific kick-off meeting, two summmer schools, and a final conference. ESRs will also be expected to attend the Spring School of the International Master's Programme in Physics of Complex Systems. A career development plan will be developed for each ESR, and summer schools and conferences will include training in transferable skills such as presentation skills; entrepreneurship and exploitation of results; and communication and outreach.

NETADIS provides generous funding levels for living expenses of between 37,000 and 47,000 Euro/year (before deductions for social insurance, tax etc) per ESR depending on the country where the researcher position is held. In addition, the network budget includes a mobility allowance and a flat rate contribution to expenses for research, training and transfer of knowledge.

Eligibility and how to apply: Candidates are eligible to apply for NETADIS studentships at any of the participating institutions if they have an excellent first degree that qualifies for PhD study in a relevant discipline (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering) with preferably a strong background in statistical physics, and less than four years of research experience. At the time of recruitment no candidate must have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the chosen host institution for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. Any PhD course fees will be met from the training expenses contribution to NETADIS, subject to budget restrictions.

NETADIS aims to promote gender equality by recruiting at least 40% female ESRs. Suitably qualified female candidates are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.

Before applying, candidates should consult the full list of the 12 NETADIS research projects: bit.ly/x7zRTs (Word), bit.ly/ymkVMP (PDF). Any queries on the projects and the practical application process at the relevant host institution should be sent directly to the contact email given in this list. Should any candidates intend to apply for several positions at different institutions, they would need to notify each of the institutions concerned accordingly.

[Comp-neuro] Computational Neuroscience Positions in Moreno-Bote Lab, Barcelona

PhD and Postdoc Positions in

Computational Neuroscience, Moreno-Bote Lab

Foundation Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain


1 full PhD and 1 competitive Postdoc Positions are available in the group of Theoretical Neuroscience of Rubén Moreno-Bote in the Foundation Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona, Spain.


We are looking for excellent candidates with Physics, Mathematics or Machine Learning background, ideally with knowledge of Neuroscience or Computational Neuroscience, and interested in theory and applications. We will also consider candidates with Psychology background interested in mathematical modeling.


The candidate will develop state of the art mathematical techniques to understand neuronal dynamics and will have access to multielectrode recording neural data. He/she could also be involved in human behavior experiments and the development of models of visual perception.  The candidate will benefit from the stimulating environment of Barcelona area in Theoretical and Systems Neuroscience and will have the opportunity of enjoying a lively city. Our lab forms part of a larger network of neuroscience labs in Barcelona (http://www.barcelonaneuroscience.com).


The Foundation Sant Joan de Déu is a rapidly growing private research institution associated with the hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Spain and the University of Barcelona.  In the past recent years it has incorporated several new researchers in the area of Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology, including the recently created group of Theoretical Neuroscience.


Financial support is provided by the Foundation Sant Joan de Déu (http://www.fsjd.org), a Marie Curie IRG grant, and a Ramón y Cajal Award.


APPLICATION : A full CV in pdf format, and names and addresses of 2 referees should be sent to the following address:


For the Postdoc position, in addition, a 2 page project in pdf format is required. Detailed guidance and translation for the application process to the Spanish postdoctoral grants will be offered.  Date of PhD and postdoctoral stays should be clearly stated in the CV.

Informal inquires are welcome.

Interviews can also be prearranged for this year Cosyne conference.       

DEADLINE: until the position is filled.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (TENSS) 2012

Dear colleagues,

Please find below an announcement about the first edition of the Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (TENSS). We would be very grateful if you could forward this announcement to potentially interested people.

Transylvanian Experimental Neuroscience Summer School (TENSS)
June 1-15, 2012. The Pike Lake, Transylvania, Romania

TENSS will concentrate top-level international expertise to teach a dozen students techniques and concepts in experimental systems neuroscience. We will focus on modern optical and electrophysiological methods to study the connectivity and function of neuronal circuits. The course is designed to be intensive and highly interactive, including both lab sessions and theoretical lectures. Coursework will take place in a land of myth and legend, beyond large forests (Transylvania), on the shores of a picturesque natural reserve called Pike Lake. Applications are welcome from interested (and interesting) graduate students and postdocs.

Applications open – 15th January 2012
Applications close – 15th March 2012
Notification of acceptance – 1st April 2012

Invited Lecturers:
    Burrone, Juan – King's College, London, UK
    Buzsaki, Gyorgy – Rutgers University, NJ, USA
    Chelazzi, Leonardo – University of Verona, Verona, Italy
    Engert, Florian – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
    Hubener, Mark – Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
    Kampff, Adam – Champalimaud Foundation, Institute for the Unknown, Lisbon, Portugal
    McNaughton, Bruce – Lethbridge University, Lethbridge, Canada
    Monyer, Hannah – University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
    Tomas, Hromadka – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA
    Mrsic-Flogel, Tom – University College London, London, UK
    Murthy, Venkatesh – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
    Nikolic, Danko – Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
    Roska, Botond – Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland
    Rumpel, Simon – Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP),Vienna, Austria
    Singer, Wolf – Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany

    Muresan, Raul – Coneural, Romanian Institute of Science and Technology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Albeanu, Florin – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

Best regards,
TENSS Organizing Committee

[Comp-neuro] call for illusion submissions: the world's 8th annual Best illusion of the Year Contest



*** We are happy to announce the world's 8th annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest!!***
Submissions are now welcome!

The 2012 contest will be held in Naples, Florida (Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, http://www.thephil.org/) on Monday, May 14th, 2012, as an official satellite of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference. The Naples Philharmonic Center is an 8-minute walk from the main VSS headquarters hotel in Naples, and is thus central to the VSS conference.

Past contests have been highly successful in drawing public attention to perceptual research, with over ***FIVE MILLION*** website hits from viewers all over the world, as well as hundreds of international media stories. The First, Second and Third Prize winners at the 2011 contest were Jordan Suchow and George Alvarez (Harvard University, USA), Erica Dixon, Arthur Shapiro & Kai Hamburger  (American University, USA, & Universität Giessen, Germany), and Mark Wexler (Université Paris V, France).

To see the illusions, photo galleries and other highlights from the 2011 and previous contests, go to http://illusionoftheyear.com.

Eligible submissions are novel perceptual or cognitive illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2011) of all sensory modalities (visual, auditory, etc.) in standard image, movie or html formats. Exciting new variants of classic or known illusions are admissible. An international panel of impartial judges will rate the submissions and narrow them to the TOP TEN. Then, at the Contest Gala in Naples, the TOP TEN illusionists will present their contributions and the attendees of the event (that means you!) will vote to pick the TOP THREE WINNERS!

Illusions submitted to previous editions of the contest can be re-submitted to the 2012 contest, so long as they meet the above requirements and were not among the TOP THREE winners in previous years. Submissions will be held in strict confidence by the panel of judges and the authors/creators will retain full copyright. The TOP TEN illusions will be posted on the illusion contest's website *after* the Contest Gala. Illusions not chosen among the TOP TEN will not be disclosed. As with submitting your work to any scientific conference, participating in to the Best Illusion of the Year Contest does not preclude you from also submitting your work for publication elsewhere.

Submissions can be made to Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde (Illusion Contest Executive Producer, Neural Correlate Society) via email (smart@neuralcorrelate.com) until February 14, 2012. Illusion submissions should come with a (no more than) one-page description of the illusion and its theoretical underpinnings (if known). Illusions will be rated according to:
. Significance to our understanding of the mind and brain
. Simplicity of the description  
. Sheer beauty
. Counterintuitive quality
. Spectacularity

Visit the illusion contest website for further information and to see last year's illusions: http://illusionoftheyear.com.

Submit your ideas now and take home this prestigious award!


On behalf of the Executive Board of the Neural Correlate Society:
Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez, Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse


Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

Executive Producer, Best Illusion of the Year Contest

President, Neural Correlate Society

Columnist, Scientific American Mind

Author, Sleights of Mind


Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience

Division of Neurobiology

Barrow Neurological Institute

350 W. Thomas Rd

Phoenix AZ 85013, USA


Phone: +1 (602) 406-3484

Fax: +1 (602) 406-4172

Email: smart@neuralcorrelate.com



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

[Comp-neuro] NEURON 2012 Summer Course


What: "The NEURON Simulation Environment" (NEURON 2012 Summer Course)

When: Saturday, June 23, through Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where: The Institute for Neural Computation at the University of
California, San Diego, CA

Organizers: N.T. Carnevale and M.L. Hines

In five days of intensive lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on
exercises, this course will cover the principles and practice of
the design, construction, and use of models in the NEURON simulation
environment. It is designed primarily for those who are concerned
with models of biological neurons and neural networks that are closely
linked to empirical observations, e.g. experimentalists who wish to
incorporate modeling in their research plans, and theoreticians who
are interested in the principles of biological computation.
The course will be useful and informative for registrants at all
levels of experience, from those who are just beginning to those
who are already quite familiar with NEURON or other simulation tools.

Registration is limited to 20, and the deadline for receipt of
applications is Friday, May 18, 2012.

For more information see
or contact
Ted Carnevale
Neurobiology Dept.
Yale University School of Medicine
PO Box 208001
New Haven, CT 06520-8001
phone 203-494-7381
email ted.carnevale@yale.edu

Supported in part by:
National Institutes of Health
Institute for Neural Computation http://inc.ucsd.edu/

Contractual terms require inclusion of the following statement:
This course is not sponsored by the University of California.
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[Comp-neuro] rTMS and Neurofeedback courses

Dear colleagues,

I hereby want to inform you about the new training course schedule for rTMS and Neurofeedback courses from Brainclinics Education in 2012. Also see http://www.brainclinics.com/neurofeedback-rtms-workshops for more details. Also note the educational downloads on the bottom of this page!

- rTMS course for application in the treatment of depression and research applications: March 1-2; June 28-29 and December 13-14
- Neurofeedback course for the application in ADHD and research applications: March 20-23 and November 6-9

Kind regards,
Martijn Arns, PhD

Research Institute Brainclinics 
Brainclinics Education
Bijleveldsingel 34
6524 AD Nijmegen
Tel: +31(0)24-7503505
GSM: +31 (0)6-48177919
Fax: +31(0)24-8901447
E-mail: martijn@brainclinics.com 
URL: www.brainclinics.com 

Monday, January 23, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Nonlinear Dynamics in Complex Neural Architectures (Workshop, end of March, 2nd Announcement)

(2nd Announcement)

Call for Participation, Call for Posters:


A two-day open workshop in Lyon, France, March 29 & 30, 2012

Detail: http://conas2012.elis.ugent.be/

Animals are proof that complete cognitive systems can be realized in
neural substrates. It is thus natural that engineers from AI and
machine learning have tried to design advanced cognitive systems on
the basis of artificial neural networks. This has led to illuminating
concepts and architectures in fields like computational linguistics,
dynamic pattern recognition, autonomous agents, or evolutionary
robotics. However, if one takes a close and critical look, one finds
that nowhere do artificial systems close to biological
levels of performance. One important cause for this gap is a lack of
appropriate mathematical concepts. Biological neural systems are
high-dimensional, nonlinear, heterogeneous, multiscale, nonstationary,
stochastic, and heavily input-driven - a cocktail of properties which
overwhelms current dynamical systems theory. Inasmuch as we do not
possess mathematical models for such systems, we cannot understand
them; and inasmuch as we do not understand, we cannot engineer.

This workshop will bring together researchers from three fields:

1. cognitive scientists, roboticists and machine learning engineers
who develop complex, neural-network-based architectures;
2. computational neuroscientists who apply existing methods from
dynamical systems theory to neural dynamics;
3. mathematicians who work on extensions of dynamical systems theory
in directions that appear relevant for neurodynamics and complex
neural learning architectures.

Invited speakers:

* Randall D. Beer, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA:
Information and Dynamics in Brain-Body-Environment Systems
* Chris Eliasmith, Univ. of Waterloo, Canada: How to Build a Brain:
From Single Neurons to a Cognitive Architecture
* Olivier Fauguras, INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France: Neural fields
in Action: Mathematical Results and Models of Visual Perception
* Tomas Gedeon, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA:
Correspondence Maximization: a Potential Model for the Function of
Multi-Layer Neural Architectures
* Juergen Jost, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the
Sciences, Leipzig, Germany: Information Theory, Nonlinear Dynamics, and
Recurrent Neural Processing
* Christian Poetzsche, Alpen-Adria Univ. Klagenfurt, Austria:
Nonautonomous Dynamics - A Biased Survey
* Gregor Schoener, Univ. of Bochum, Germany: Dynamic Field Theory
as a Framework for Understanding Embodied Cognition
* Jun Tani, Riken Brain Science Institute, Saitama, Japan:
Neuro-Dynamic Mechanisms for Predicting and Recognizing Compositional Acts
* Jochen Triesch, Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies,
Frankfurt, Germany: Self-organization Explains the Statistics and
Dynamics of Synaptic Connection Strengths in Cortex

Format of workshop in a nutshell: invited presentations (see above)
only, much time for disussion in plenum and breaks, extended poster
session particularly aimed at young researchers and/or themes fostering

The workshop is funded through the European FP7 project Organic

For details and further background see website

Program board:

Herbert Jaeger, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (co-chair)
Peter F. Dominey, INSERM Lyon, France (co-chair)
Wolfgang Maass, Technical University Graz, Austria
Jean-Pierre Martens, Gent University, Belgium
Benjamin Schrauwen, Gent University, Belgium
Welf Wustlich, Planet intelligent Sytems GmbH, Schwerin, Germany

Dr. Herbert Jaeger
Professor for Computational Science
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Campus Ring
28759 Bremen, Germany
Phone (+49) 421 200 3215
Fax (+49) 421 200 49 3215
email h.jaeger@jacobs-university.de

Dr. Herbert Jaeger

Professor for Computational Science
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Campus Ring
28759 Bremen, Germany

Phone (+49) 421 200 3215
Fax (+49) 421 200 49 3215
email h.jaeger@jacobs-university.de

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[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral positions in the area of medical engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Postdoctoral research positions are available in the area of medical
engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Students with research interests at the interface of electrical
engineering and biology are especially encouraged to apply.

Topics include:

o modeling of epileptic seizures (from abstract network models to
detailed biophysical models);
o neural implants for seizure suppression (from control/game theoretic
analysis to hardware design);
o diagnosis of brain disorders, from EEG and other brain signals
(Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy);
o graphical models and nonparametric statistical models for analyzing
electrophysiological data (e.g., spike sorting and decoding);
o principled statistical models for merging different brain imaging
modalities (EEG/MEG/fMRI/DTI/single-unit recordings/etc.).

The research is conducted in collaboration with partners at the RIKEN
Brain Science Institute, MIT, and MGH/Harvard.

Please send detailed curriculum vitae, statements of research interests,
three references and relevant publications (if applicable),
electronically, to:

Prof. Justin Dauwels
Nanyang Technological University
School of Electrical& Electronic Engineering
Deadline: February 15, 2012

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

[Comp-neuro] ICANN 2012: 22nd Annual Conference - 2nd Call for Papers

2nd Call for Papers (Apologies for cross-posting)

ICANN 2012: 22nd Annual Conference
11 - 14 September 2012
University of Lausanne, Switzerland


The International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN)
is the annual flagship conference of the European Neural Network
Society (ENNS). In 2012 the University of Lausanne will organize
the 22nd ICANN Conference from 11th to 14th of September 2012,
Lausanne, Switzerland

ICANN 2012 will have two tracks: Brain-inspired computing
and Machine learning research, with PC chairs from both
areas and a renewed reviewing system aimed at ensuring the highest
quality of the accepted papers.

Full papers will be submitted either via a one-stage submission,
as it used to be in the past, without any opportunity given to the
authors to reply to the reviewers, at a later deadline (March 15,
2012), or with the possibility to interact with the reviewers
under the constraint of an earlier deadline (February 13, 2012).


Keynote speakers will highlight cross-disciplinary interactions
and applications.


- Prof. Hava Siegelmann (University of Massachussets, USA)
- Prof. Moshe Abeles (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
- Prof. Pierre Magistretti (Brain and Mind Institute, EPFL, Switzerland)
- Prof. Ichiro Tsuda (Hokkaido University, Japan)
- Prof. Ernst Fehr (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
- Prof. David J.C. MacKay (University of Cambridge, UK) (*)
(*) To be confirmed


General Chair:
Alessandro E.P. Villa (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Program co-Chairs
Wlodzislaw Duch (Torun, Poland & Singapore, ENNS Past-President)
Péter Erdi (Budapest, Hungary & Kalamazoo, Mi, USA)
Timo Honkela (Helsinki, Finland)
Günther Palm (Ulm, Germany)
Local Organizing Committee Chairs:
John Antonakis, UNIL
Marco Tomassini, UNIL
Lorenz Goette, UNIL
Michel Bader, CHUV (University Hospital)
Publicity Chair and ICANN 2012 Secretariat
Daniela Serracca-Fraccalvieri
<daniela - AT - icann2012.org>


Lausanne is a Swiss city located on the shore of the Lake of
Geneva, 60 km from the international airport of Geneva.
Fast and frequent train connections exist between the airport
and Lausanne. The airport of Geneva is a major hub of low cost
airlines and is connected by direct flights to most important
cities in Europe and several cities in North America, Asia and
North Africa.

The venue of the conference is the building Internef of the UNIL
Campus Dorigny, in front of the stop "UNIL-Dorigny" of the public
metro line 1.


ICANN 2012 will feature two main tracks: Brain inspired computing
and Machine learning research, with strong cross-disciplinary
interactions and applications. All research fields dealing with
Neural Networks will be present at the Conference with emphasis on
"Neural Coding", "Decision Making" and "Unsupervised Learning".
A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

Neural network theory & models, Computational neuroscience,
Neuronal automata, Connectionist cognitive science, Pattern
recognition, Neuroeconomics, Neurofinance, Graphical network models,
Brain machine interfaces, Evolutionary neural networks,
Neurodynamics, Complex systems, Neuroinformatics, Neuroengineering,
Hybrid systems, Computational biology, Neural hardware, Bioinspired
embedded systems, Collective intelligence, Self-orgnization,
Embodied robotics, Learning algorithms, Neural data analysis,
Cognitive models


ICANN 2012 will also feature pre-Congress tutorials and workshops,
covering fundamental and advanced neural network topics.
A tutorial or workshop proposal should include: title, outline,
expected enrollment, and presenter/organizer biography.
We invite you to submit proposals to the Tutorial and Workshop Chair:

Lorenz Goette <lorenz.goette - AT - unil.ch>


The ICANN 2012 Program Committee solicits also proposals for special
sessions within the technical scopes of the Congress. Special
sessions, to be organized by international recognized experts, aim to
bring together researchers in special focused topics. Papers submitted
for special sessions are to be peer-reviewed with the same criteria
used for the contributed papers. Proposals should include the session
title, a brief description of the scope and motivation, biographic
and contact information of the organizers. Researchers interested in
organizing special sessions are invited to submit formal proposal to
the Special Session Chair:

Marco Tomassini <Marco.Tomassini - AT - unil.ch>


ICANN 2012 will host competitions to stimulate research in neural
networks, promote fair evaluations, and attract students. The proposals
for new competitions should include descriptions of the problems
addressed, motivations, expected impact on neural networks and machine
learning, and established baselines, schedules, anticipated number of
participants, and a biography of the main team members. We invite you to
submit proposals to the Competitions Chair:

Giacomo Indiveri <giacomo - AT - ini.phys.ethz.ch>


Details will be available soon on the Conference web site.


Payments shall be made in Swiss Francs (CHF) by credit card via a
secure certified link or onsite. No other currencies shall be accepted.
No cheques or bank transfer can be accepted. Notice that the exchange
rate (December 2011) is 1 CHF is approximately equal to 0.84 EUR

- Graduate Student
Early Late(*) (*) Late registration fee from June 1st, 2012.
70 CHF 120 CHF

- Master/Ph.D. Student
Early Late(*)
ENNS Member 130 CHF 180 CHF
Student non-Member 170 CHF 220 CHF

- Regular delegate
Early Late(*)
ENNS Member 180 CHF 230 CHF
Non-Member 240 CHF 290 CHF

- Extras to be paid onsite:
Accompanying person for ICANN banquet: 80 CHF
Graduate Student for ICANN banquet: 80 CHF

The registration fee includes:
.Access to scientific sessions and plenary talks
.Coffee breaks during the main conference
.Welcome Party
.Gala dinner (not included in the registration of Graduate Student)
.One copy of the Proceedings
.One Conference bag


There is no separate registration to the Workshops.
Please note that the full registration to the conference also includes
the workshop attendance.



Workshop and Tutorial proposal: Jan 30, 2012
Special Session proposal: Jan 30, 2012
Competition proposal: Jan 30, 2012
Submission of full papers
(with reviewers reply): Feb 13, 2012
Submission of full papers
(one stage, as im earlier ICANNs): Mar 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2012
Camera-ready paper and author
registration: April 15, 2012
Advance registration before: June 1, 2012

=========== Conference website http://icann2012.org ===========
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Deadline extension | CfP: ICCGI 2012 || June 24-29, 2012 - Venice, Italy



Please, consider contributing to and/or forwarding to the appropriate groups the following opportunity to submit and
publish original scientific results to ICCGI 2012.

The submission deadline is set to February 16, 2012.

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


============== ICCGI 2012 | Call for Papers ===============


ICCGI 2012, The Seventh International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology

June 24-29, 2012 - Venice, Italy

General page: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/ICCGI12.html

Call for Papers: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/CfPICCGI12.html

- regular papers

- short papers (work in progress)

- posters

Submission page: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2012/SubmitICCGI12.html

Submission deadline: February 16, 2012

Sponsored by IARIA, www.iaria.org

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals: http://www.iariajournals.org

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: http://www.iaria.org/editorialrules.html

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

Industrial systems

Control theory and systems; Fault-tolerance and reliability; Data engineering; Enterprise computing and evaluation;
Electrical and electronics engineering; Economic decisions and information systems; Advanced robotics; Virtual reality
systems; Industrial systems and applications; Industrial and financial systems; Industrial control electronics; Industrial
IT solutions

Evolutionary computation

Algorithms, procedures, mechanisms and applications; Computer architecture and systems; Computational sciences;
Computation in complex systems; Computer and communication systems; Computer networks; Computer science theory;
Computation and computer security; Computer simulation; Digital telecommunications; Distributed and parallel computing;
Computation in embedded and real-time systems; Soft computing; User-centric computation

Autonomic and autonomous systems

Automation and autonomous systems; Theory of Computing; Autonomic computing; Autonomic networking; Network computing;
Protecting computing; Theories of agency and autonomy; Multi-agent evolution, adaptation and learning; Adjustable and
self-adjustable autonomy; Pervasive systems and computation; Computing with locality principles; GRID networking and
services; Pervasive computing; Cluster computing and performance; Artificial intelligence Computational linguistics;
Cognitive technologies; Decision making; Evolutionary computation; Expert systems; Computational biology


Models and techniques for biometric technologies; Bioinformatics; Biometric security; Computer graphics and
visualization; Computer vision and image processing; Computational biochemistry; Finger, facial, iris, voice, and skin
biometrics; Signature recognition; Multimodal biometrics; Verification and identification techniques; Accuracy of
biometric technologies; Authentication smart cards and biometric metrics; Performance and assurance testing; Limitations
of biometric technologies; Biometric card technologies; Biometric wireless technologies; Biometric software and hardware;
Biometric standards

Knowledge data systems

Data mining and Web mining; Knowledge databases and systems; Data warehouse and applications; Data warehousing and
information systems; Database performance evaluation; Semantic and temporal databases; Database systems Databases and
information retrieval; Digital library design; Meta-data modeling

Mobile and distance education

Human computer interaction; Educational technologies; Computer in education; Distance learning; E-learning; Mobile
learning Cognitive support for learning; Internet-based education; Impact of ICT on education and society; Group decision
making and software; Habitual domain and information technology; Computer-mediated communications; Immersing authoring;
Contextual and cultural challenges in user mobility

Intelligent techniques, logics, and systems

Intelligent agent technologies; Intelligent and fuzzy information processing; Intelligent computing and knowledge
management; Intelligent systems and robotics; Fault-tolerance and reliability; Fuzzy logic & systems; Genetic algorithms;
Haptic phenomena; Graphic recognition; Neural networks; Symbolic and algebraic computation; Modeling, simulation and
analysis of business processes and systems

Knowledge processing

Knowledge representation models; Knowledge languages; Cognitive science; Knowledge acquisition; Knowledge engineering;
Knowledge processing under uncertainty; Machine intelligence; Machine learning; Making decision through Internet;
Networking knowledge plan

Information technologies

Information technology and organizational behavior; Agents, data mining and ontologies; Information retrieval systems;
Information and network security; Information ethics and legal evaluations; Optimization and information technology;
Organizational information systems; Information fusion; Information management systems; Information overload; Information
policy making; Information security; Information systems; Information discovery

Internet and web technologies

Internet and WWW-based computing; Web and Grid computing; Internet service and training; IT and society; IT in
education and health; Management information systems; Visualization and group decision making; Web based language
development; Web search and decision making; Web service ontologies; Scientific web intelligence; Online business and
decision making; Business rule language; E-Business; E-Commerce; Online and collaborative work; Social eco-systems and
social networking; Social decisions on Internet; Computer ethics

Digital information processing

Mechatronics; Natural language processing; Medical imaging; Image processing; Signal processing; Speech processing;
Video processing; Pattern recognition; Pattern recognition models; Graphics & computer vision; Medical systems and

Cognitive science and knowledge agent-based systems

Cognitive support for e-learning and mobile learning; Agents and cognitive models; Agents & complex systems;
computational ecosystems; Agent architectures, perception, action & planning in agents; Agent communication: languages,
semantics, pragmatics & protocols; Agent-based electronic commerce and trading systems Multi-agent constraint
satisfaction; Agent programming languages, development environments and testbeds; Computational complexity in autonomous
agents; Multi-agent planning and cooperation; Logics and formal models of for agency verification; Nomadic agents;
Negotiation, auctions, persuasion; Privacy and security issues in multi-agent systems

Mobility and multimedia systems

Mobile communications; Multimedia and visual programming; Multimedia and decision making; Multimedia systems; Mobile
multimedia systems; User-centered mobile applications; Designing for the mobile devices; Contextual user mobility; Mobile
strategies for global market; Interactive television and mobile commerce

Systems performance

Performance evaluation; Performance modeling; Performance of parallel computing; Reasoning under uncertainty;
Reliability and fault-tolerance; Performance instrumentation; Performance monitoring and corrections; Performance in
entity-dependable systems; Real-time performance and near-real time performance evaluation; Performance in software
systems; Performance and hybrid systems; Measuring performance in embedded systems

Networking and telecommunications

Telecommunication and Networking; Telecommunication Systems and Evaluation; Multiple Criteria Decision Making in
Information Technology; Network and Decision Making; Networks and Security; Communications protocols (SIP/H323/MPLS/IP);
Specialized networks (GRID/P2P/Overlay/Ad hoc/Sensor); Advanced services (VoIP/IPTV/Video-on-Demand; Network and system
monitoring and management; Feature interaction detection and resolution; Policy-based monitoring and managements systems;
Traffic modeling and monitoring; Traffic engineering and management; Self-monitoring, self-healing and self-management
systems; Man-in-the-loop management paradigm

Software development and deployment

Software requirements engineering; Software design, frameworks, and architectures; Software interactive design; Formal
methods for software development, verification and validation; Neural networks and performance;
Patterns/Anti-patterns/Artifacts/Frameworks; Agile/Generic/Agent-oriented programming; Empirical software evaluation
metrics; Software vulnerabilities; Reverse engineering; Software reuse; Software security, reliability and safety;
Software economics; Software testing and debugging; Tracking defects in the OO design; Distributed and parallel software;
Programming languages; Declarative programming; Real-time and embedded software; Open source software development
methodologies; Software tools and deployment environments; Software Intelligence; Software Performance and Evaluation

Knowledge virtualization

Modeling techniques, tools, methodologies, languages; Model-driven architectures (MDA); Service-oriented architectures
(SOA); Utility computing frameworks and fundamentals; Enabled applications through virtualization; Small-scale
virtualization methodologies and techniques; Resource containers, physical resource multiplexing, and segmentation;
Large-scale virtualization methodologies and techniques; Management of virtualized systems; Platforms, tools,
environments, and case studies; Making virtualization real; On-demand utilities Adaptive enterprise; Managing
utility-based systems; Development environments, tools, prototypes

Systems and networks on the chip

Microtechnology and nanotechnology; 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

Context-aware systems

Context-aware autonomous entities; Context-aware fundamental concepts, mechanisms, and applications; Modeling
context-aware systems; Specification and implementation of awareness behavioral contexts; Development and deployment of
large-scale context-aware systems and subsystems; User awareness requirements Design techniques for interfaces and
systems; Methodologies, metrics, tools, and experiments for specifying context-aware systems; Tools evaluations,
Experiment evaluations

Networking technologies

Next generation networking; Network, control and service architectures; Network signalling, pricing and billing;
Network middleware; Telecommunication networks architectures; On-demand networks, utility computing architectures; Next
generation networks [NGN] principles; Storage area networks [SAN]; Access and home networks; High-speed networks; Optical
networks; Peer-to-peer and overlay networking; Mobile networking and systems; MPLS-VPN, IPSec-VPN networks; GRID networks;
Broadband networks

Security in network, systems, and applications

IT in national and global security; Formal aspects of security; Systems and network security; Security and
cryptography; Applied cryptography; Cryptographic protocols; Key management; Access control; Anonymity and pseudonymity
management; Security management; Trust management; Protection management; Certification and accreditation; Virii, worms,
attacks, spam; Intrusion prevention and detection; Information hiding; Legal and regulatory issues

Knowledge for global defense

Business continuity and availability; Risk assessment; Aerospace computing technologies; Systems and networks
vulnerabilities; Developing trust in Internet commerce; Performance in networks, systems, and applications; Disaster
prevention and recovery; IT for anti-terrorist technology innovations (ATTI); Networks and applications emergency
services; Privacy and trust in pervasive communications; Digital rights management; User safety and protection

Information Systems [IS]

Management Information Systems; Decision Support Systems; Innovation and IS; Enterprise Application Integration;
Enterprise Resource Planning; Business Process Change; Design and Development Methodologies and Frameworks; Iterative and
Incremental Methodologies; Agile Methodologies; IS Standards and Compliance Issues; Risk Management in IS Design and
Development; Research Core Theories; Conceptualisations and Paradigms in IS; Research Ontological Assumptions in IS
Research; IS Research Constraints, Limitations and Opportunities; IS vs Computer Science Research; IS vs Business Studies

IPv6 Today - Technology and deployment

IP Upgrade - An Engineering Exercise or a Necessity?; Worldwide IPv6 Adoption - Trends and Policies; IPv6 Programs,
from Research to Knowledge Dissemination; IPv6 Technology - Practical Information; Advanced Topics and Latest Developments
in IPv6; IPv6 Deployment Experiences and Case Studies; IPv6 Enabled Applications and Devices


Continuous and Discrete Models; Optimal Models; Complex System Modeling; Individual-Based Models; Modeling Uncertainty;
Compact Fuzzy Models; Modeling Languages; Real-time modeling; Peformance modeling


Multicriteria Optimization; Multilervel Optimization; Goal Programming; Optimization and Efficiency; Optimization-based
decisions; Evolutionary Optimization; Self-Optimization; Extreme Optimization; Combinatorial Optimization; Disccrete
Optimization; Fuzzy Optimization; Lipschitzian Optimization; Non-Convex Optimization; Convexity; Continuous Optimization;
Interior point methods; Semidefinite and Conic Programming


Complexity Analysis; Computational Complexity; Complexity Reduction; Optimizing Model Complexity; Communication
Complexity; Managing Complexity; Modeling Complexity in Social Systems; Low-complexity Global Optimization; Software
Development for Modeling and Optimization; Industrial applications

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