Monday, April 30, 2012

[Comp-neuro] New paper in robotics-based modeling

Dear all,

I would like to draw your attention to the following paper:
Strauss, S. & Heinke, D. (2012) A robotics-based approach to modeling of choice reaching experiments on visual attention. Front. Psychology, 3:105. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00105


I hope you find this paper interesting and any comments would be highly appreciated.

              Dietmar Heinke

[Comp-neuro] call for special issue papers in neurocomputing journal

Dear colleagues,


We are working towards compiling a NeuroComputing journal special issue on


Brain inspired models of cognitive memory


Author paper submission deadline: 1st August 2012

Reviews due: 15th October 2012

Revised manuscripts due on: 15th November 2012

Final decision notice: 15th December 2012



To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue you are editing, it is important that authors select

“Article Type” Special Issue: IJCNN-BICM-2012 when they reach the step in the submission process; failure to do so will cause the papers to go unrecognized as belonging to your special issue. Please also email the guest editors (see email below) about your intention to submit a paper


Current memory technologies have experienced significant progress in terms of storage capacity, operation speed, integration capability, etc. However, their functions are highly constrained in storing and transferring data in space and time, prompting the need for improvement. Is there any available memory system that has multiple functions besides only data storage? Nature gives the firm answer: yes, it is human memory.


In contrast to physical memories, the biological counterpart has versatile functions. For instance, it stores data associatively such that different modalities of data could be retrieved simultaneously; it can learn different concepts, categorize and store them in an organized manner; it can process and store data concurrently and in a distributed fashion; it can restore content even if some part is damaged; it can perceive the stimulus and predict the next event; it can adapt to the environment and perform selective storage. Functions such as adaptation, learning, perception, self-organization and prediction make human memory have distinct cognitive features. Can we change the way data is currently being stored in computational systems by building a physical memory device that has cognitive functions like human memory?


The scope of the question transcends several interdisciplinary boundaries and combines efforts in both hardware and software engineering. It has prompted us to organize the special session at IJCNN 2012 on brain inspired memory models, with the aim to offer a meeting opportunity for researchers belonging to the various communities of computational intelligence, machine learning, cognitive modelling, as well as researchers in hardware (circuit level) implementation of cognitive systems and those working at materials level research, such as memristors and phase change materials. Research papers that focus on how these technologies can be used to develop a memory based intelligent system contributed to the special session.


The Neurocomputing special issue aims to extend some of the ideas that were proposed in the IJCNN special session, as well as to solicit high quality papers that discuss new ideas on the modelling of memory and the development of cognitively inspired memory devices and aims to create a bridge between hardware and system level research.  


Topics of interest to the publication include (but are not limited to):

  • System level models of cognitive memory (associative memory, episodic memory, LTM, STM, working memory, semantic memory, etc)
  • Neural circuits modelling and theory (Winner take all, attractors etc)
  • Synaptic models
  • Neural information encoding and decoding
  • Learning mechanisms (STDP, Hebbian learning, non-associative learning etc)  
  • Artificial neural network model of memory in hardware and devices

To ensure ample time for the authors to prepare the manuscripts, the submission of the manuscripts is due on 1st August 2012


Guest Editors:

Dr Kiruthika Ramanathan, Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore


Dr. Tang Huajin, Institute of InfoComm Research, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore



Dr. Ning Ning, Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore




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Sunday, April 29, 2012


The Best Illusion of the Year Contest is happy to announce that the TOP TEN illusions have been chosen!!


The Contest Gala will be on Monday, May 14th, 5pm, in the Philharmonic Center of Arts (Naples Fl). The 2012 Contest Gala will be hosted by Margaret Livingstone and Stuart Anstis! Everybody is invited!!!


Who will the TOP THREE winners be??? That’s up to YOU! The audience will choose them from the current TOP TEN list.


For more details, please visit our webpage:     


2012 TOP TEN ILLUSION CONTESTANTS (alphabetical order): To see the illusions themselves… you must come to the CONTEST!!!

Title TBA: Stuart Anstis, UC San Diego, USA

"Head-Size Illusion": Kazunori Morikawa and Eri Ishii, Osaka University, Japan

"Floating Star": Kaia Nao

"The Disappearing Hand Trick": Roger Newport, Helen Gilpin and Catherine Preston, University of Nottingham, UK

"Exorcist Illusion – Twisting Necks": Thomas Papathomas, Tom Grace Sr., Marcel de Heer and Robert Bunkin, Rutgers University, USA

"Color Wagon Wheel": Arthur Shapiro and William Kistler, American University, USA

"When Pretty Girls Turn Ugly: The Flashed Face Distortion Effect": Jason Tangen, Sean Murphy and Matthew Thompson, The University of Queensland, Australia

"Peripheral Action Phantom Illusion": Steven Thurman and Hongjing Lu, UCLA, USA

"Attentional modulation of perceived color": Peter Tse, Dartmouth College, USA

"Illusion of Height Contradiction": Sachiko Tsuruno, Kinki University, Japan


On behalf of the Neural Correlate Society,


Susana Martinez-Conde (Executive Producer, Best Illusion of the Year Contest)


Neural Correlate Society Executive Committee: Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez, Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse


The Neural Correlate Society is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote the public awareness of neuroscience research.



Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience

Barrow Neurological Institute

350 W. Thomas Rd.

Phoenix AZ 85013



Phone: +1 602 406-3484

Fax: +1 602 406-4192




[Comp-neuro] ASSC16 consciousness conference, early registration deadline May 10th

Call for registration:

BRIGHTON, UK, JULY 02-06 2012

Early registration for ASSC16 will end on MAY 10 2012  Spaces are limited for tutorials and the conference dinner, so register early to ensure you get your preferred choices and save money too!

ASSC16 is the 16th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.  It will take place in Brighton, UK, from July 02-06, 2012. The 4 day meeting (plus 1 day of tutorial sessions) brings together leading researchers in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, psychiatry, neurology, and computer science in a forum dedicated to showcasing and advancing rigorous scientific approaches to understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of conscious experience. Attendees are drawn from researchers, clinicians, students at all levels, as well as the interested media and public.  (Please note that ASSC16 does not clash with London olympics!)

A one-day satellite symposium on 'Neuropsychiatry and Consciousness: Bringing Consciousness Science to the Clinic' will take place on July 7th, at the Sussex University campus (see  This event requires separate registration.

ASSC16 is part what will be a true citywide celebration of consciousness science.  The headline event will be a free-entry one-day public-event on consciousness science, on June 30th, featuring a wide range of interactive exhibits: Other informal events engaging both academics and the general public will take place throughout the week at various locations in Brighton.

ASSC16 is organized by the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex (  Brighton, affectionately known as 'London by the sea' is a popular international conference destination.  It is only 49 minutes by train from central London and just 30 minutes from Gatwick International Airport (LGW; there are also easy transport links from Heathrow).  Brighton is a small city with conference facilities, hotels, restaurants, pubs, transport links, and the beach all within easy walking distance. ASSC16 will be held in the superb Dome and Corn Exchange theatre complex, in the heart of Brighton's artistic & cultural quarter (   Accommodation details can be found on the the main conference webpages (

Oral and poster presentations, drawn from over 400 high-quality submissions, will complement the exciting plenary programme below (a full programme will be available shortly):

Keynote speakers:
Victor Lamme (University of Amsterdam, President)
Josef Perner (University of Salzburg)
Geriant Rees (University College London)
Tania Singer (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig)
Tim Bayne (University of Oxford)
Christof Koch (Caltech, Special Lecture)

Plenary symposia:
1. Consciousness fading: key mechanisms of anaesthesia-induced loss-of-consciousness
Andreas Engel (Chair), Gernott Supp, Melanie Boly, Emery Brown
2. Bringing the in-depth body to the surface: Interoception, awareness, and prediction
Manos Tsakiris (Chair), Hugo Critchley, Jim Hopkins
3. Perceptual consciousness and cognitive access
Ned Block (Chair), Ilja Sligte, Jerome Sackur, James Stazicker
4. Balancing the self: Vestibular contributions to self-consciousness
Christophe Lopez (Chair), Bigna Lenggenhager, Gabriela Bottini

1. Heather Berlin, Nicholas Medford: The phenomenology, neurobiology, and neurocognitive basis of depersonalization
2. Sue Blackmore: Meditation and consciousness: Two ways meditation can contribute to consciousness science
3. Olaf Blanke, Thomas Metzinger: Towards a comprehensive theory of subjectivity and selfhood: Philosophy, cognitive science, neurology, and neuroimaging
4. Axel Cleeremans, Morten Overgaard, Bert Timmermans, Ryan Scott: Behavioural methods to assess awareness
5. Gustav Kuhn, Ronald Rensink: The science of magic: Turning magic into science!
6. James Laban, Harutomo Hasegawa, Keyoumars Ashkan: Neurosurgery and its role in studying consciousness
7. Devin Terhune: A primer on experimental hypnosis research
8. Jamie Ward, Thomas Wright: Sensory substitution

Please direct any enquiries about ASSC16 to  

On behalf of the local organizing committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Brighton in July!

Anil Seth (programme chair)
Zoltan Dienes (scientific committee chair)
Dr. Anil Seth
Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Dept of Informatics, University of Sussex

Saturday, April 28, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Brain Corporation: Optic Flow for Navigation

Brain Corporation in San Diego, California, has a full-time position for an expert in modeling visual system for navigation and motor control. In particular, we are interested in experts who study optic flow navigation in insects and use optic flow for navigation of robots.

Submit your CV/resume and relevant papers to Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich [jobs AT]. In your cover letter, please address the following requirements.

REQUIREMENTS: In addition to being an expert in optic flow algorithms for navigation, the candidate must be exceptionally good in at least one of the following two areas:
(1) solid experience in spiking networks, spike-timing dynamics, and STDP, or
(2) excellent programming skills in C/C++, PYTHON or MATLAB.

The employee compensation package includes stock options, matching 401k retirement contributions, and annual performance-based bonuses.

Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich
Brain Corporation
San Diego, California

[Comp-neuro] Brain Corporation: Binocular Vision for Navigation

Brain Corporation in San Diego, California, has a full-time position for an expert in modeling visual system for navigation and motor control. In particular, we are interested in experts who study binocular vision for navigation and obstacle avoidance in robots.

Submit your CV/resume and relevant papers to Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich [jobs AT]. In your cover letter, please address the following requirements.

REQUIREMENTS: In addition to being an expert in binocular vision, the candidate must be exceptionally good in at least one of the following two areas:
(1) solid experience in spiking networks, spike-timing dynamics, and STDP, or
(2) excellent programming skills in C/C++, PYTHON or MATLAB.

The employee compensation package includes stock options, matching 401k retirement contributions, and annual performance-based bonuses.

Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich
Brain Corporation
San Diego, California

Friday, April 27, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in functional neuroimaging, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Postdoctoral Associate Position in Translational Neuroimaging
with emphasis on Decision Neuroscience and/or Psychiatric Neuroscience

Applications are invited for an NIH-funded postdoctoral position in the lab of Dr. Pearl Chiu ( at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (  Projects in the lab use fMRI to examine the neurobiology of motivated behavior and social influences on decision-making with methods adapted from experimental economics, behavioral & computational neuroscience, genetics, and psychology. We also have a strong interest in developing quantitative data-driven methods for assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric illness.  For candidates interested in psychiatric neuroscience, the lab provides plentiful opportunities to examine how neural anomalies may be quantified and rehabilitated in conditions including depression, substance dependence, and post-traumatic stress. 

The lab is located in the newly established Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, VA, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The VTCRI provides full access to outstanding infrastructure, including three research-dedicated Siemens 3T Trio scanners and a high-throughput computing cluster.  The successful candidate will play a lead role in highly collaborative multidisciplinary scientific efforts among the VTC School of Medicine and Research Institute, the Carilion Healthcare System, and departments across Virginia Tech.
Minimum requirements for the position include: 1) a PhD in cognitive or computational neuroscience, engineering, psychology, experimental economics, or a related field; 2) facility with signal processing or computational/quantitative methods; and 3) demonstrated potential for excellence.  Please forward a statement of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation.
Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the positions are filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Virginia Tech Carilion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Send inquiries and applications to:
Pearl Chiu, PhD


Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Virginia Tech Department of Psychology


Pearl Chiu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Virginia Tech Department of Psychology

Salem VA Medical Center

Baylor College of Medicine (adjunct)

2 Riverside Circle, R1110
Roanoke VA 24016
phone: 540-526-2019
pearlchiu at

[Comp-neuro] [CNS2012] Early registration now open

Early registration for CNS*2012 is now open at and will remain open until May 31, 2012 (11 PM Pacific Time, USA).

Note that at least one author of your submission must register for the conference by May 31 in order for the submission to be included in the program book and for publication in BMC Neuroscience.



Main conference: July 22-24, 2012
Tutorials: July 21, 2012
Workshops: July 25-26, 2012

Atlanta/Decatur, Georgia, USA

Conference theme: "Computational Neuroethology"



CNS*2012 will be held in Atlanta/Decatur, Georgia, USA, on July 21-26, 2012. The meeting will kick off with a day of tutorials and an evening welcome reception on Saturday, July 21.  The main meeting of CNS*2012 will follow on July 22-24, after which will come two days of workshops on July 25-26.

The tutorials, main meeting and workshops will be held at Agnes Scott College located in Decatur, a small town with a lot of American charm connected by metro to Atlanta and its international airport.

Don Edwards, Georgia State University, USA
Malcolm MacIver, Northwestern University, USA
Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh, UK



The formatted abstracts will again be published as a Supplement to the online journal BMC Neuroscience. The supplement is citable, indexed by PubMed, and open access.
At least one author must register for CNS*2012 by the early registration deadline of May 31, 2012 for the abstract to be published and included in the program book.  Abstracts from previous CNS meetings are available at

A limited number of merit based travel grants, awarded based on review of abstracts and 1-3 page summaries by the program committee, will be available to students and postdocs.  Recipients of travel grants will be notified by May 5, 2012.

Student posters presented at CNS*2012 will also be judged for prizes awarded at the meeting.

The CNS*2012 meeting is organized by the Organization for Computational Neurosciences, Inc.
President:  Erik De Schutter (OIST, Japan and U Antwerp, Belgium)
Program chair: Astrid Prinz (Emory U, USA)
Local organizers: Ronald L. Calabrese (Emory University), Gennady Cymbalyuk (Georgia State University), Robert Butera (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Workshop Organizers: Alex Dimitrov (Washington State University, USA) and Volker Steuber (U Hertfordshire, UK)
Tutorials Organizers: Markus Diesmann (Research Center Jülich, Germany) and Bruce Graham (University of Stirling, UK)
Travel Awards administrator: Jeanette Kotaleski (Royal Inst of Tech, Stockholm, Sweden) and Maurice Chacron (McGill University, Canada)

Program Committee:
Astrid Prinz (Emory University, USA, Chair)
Jean-Marc Fellous (University Arizona, USA, Publication Chair)
Anthony Burkitt (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Romain Brette (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France)
Netta Cohen (University Leeds, UK)
Gennady Cymbalyuk (Georgia State University, USA)
Andrew Davison (UNIC, France)
Thomas Nowotny (University Sussex, UK)
Duane Nykamp (University Minnesota, USA)
Leonid Rubchinsky (Indiana University, USA)
Simon Schultz (Imperial College, UK)
Peggy Series (University Edinburgh, UK)
Benjamin Torben-Nielsen (Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel)

[Comp-neuro] Special Session Call for Papers: Computationally Intelligent Techniques in Processing Neural Information at ICONIP2012.

Dear Colleagues:

In the upcoming 19th International Conference on Neural Information
Processing 2012 (ICONIP2012, to be held in
Qatar, from 12-15 November 2012, there will be a special session on
'Computationally Intelligent Techniques in Processing Neural
Information'. I invite the fellow neuroinformatitians to submit their
research paper(s) to the session. Selected papers from the session
will be requested to extend for possible special issues in Cognitive
Computation or Neural Computing and Applications or Neurocomputing. I
thank you for your attention and look forward for possible
contributions to make the special session a success.

Cal for Papers

Important dates:

Submission deadline for regular and special session papers: June 1, 2012
Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2012
Camera-ready final paper submission: September 1, 2012

Special Session on:

Computationally Intelligent Techniques in Processing Neural Information

The brain as a part of the central nervous system (CNS) is specialized
to process information simultaneously coming from many different
sources. The neurons work as basic information processing units in the
brain and interconnect to each other to form hierarchical and/or
parallel pathways. These pathways are mainly involved in transforming
information originated from one or more sources into either action (as
in motor movements) or specialized information understood by the brain
itself (as in cognitive functions).
To have a detailed and complete understanding of these biological
phenomena two approaches have been practiced by the research community
– experimental and theoretical studies. Also, some theoretical studies
are inspired by the nature itself which reframes earlier computational
techniques to suggest research on biophysical basis of brain research
and its information processing capabilities.
The focus of this invited session is to address the recent advances
in computationally intelligent techniques in processing neural
information. There has been a significance increase in research
activities in these areas in diverse specialties including
neuroengineering, computer, electrical and biomedical engineering.
Developing computationally intelligent methods capable of deciphering
brain's information processing capability is one the biggest
challenges in these fields. The objective of this special session is
to provide updated information and a forum for the scientists and
researchers who are looking for more relevant information in decoding
brain functions using expert and computationally intelligent systems.
This special session is expected to attract papers on recent research
progress in the area of intelligent computational methods in
processing neural signals. The focus areas include the following:
- Computationally Intelligent Techniques for Neuroscience Applications
- Neural Systems Engineering and Technology
- Brain Computer Interface and Neural Pathway
- Neural Signal Processing and Modeling
- Biologically Inspired Methods for Neuronal Network Analysis
- Biologically Inspired Methods for Pattern Analysis in Neuronal Signals
- Machine Learning Methods in Application to Brain Research
- Measurement Methods with Application to Cognition Research


Mufti Mahmud, PhD
NeuroChip Laboratory, University of Padova, 35131 – Padova, Italy &
Institute of Information Technology, Jahangirnagar University, 1342 –
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Email:, website:

Amir Hussain, PhD
Centre for Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience, University of
Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
Email:, website:

Looking forward to see you at Qatar.

Best regards,


Mufti Mahmud, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
NeuroChip Laboratory
University of Padova
via f. Marzolo 3
35131 - Padova, Italy.
Lab: +39 049 827 5308
Fax: +39 049 827 5301
Assistant Professor (on leave)
Institute of Information Technology
Jahangirnagar University
Savar, 1342 - Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

[Comp-neuro] postdoc position on processing of color information in primate cortex

A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately for an NIH-funded project that will study the processing of color information in primate cortex. The project is under the direction of Youping Xiao, Ph.D., at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York. The position is available for four years.

We employ a multidisciplinary approach, including optical imaging, 64-channel single-unit recording, neuroanatomy, advanced statistical analysis, and modeling. Our current research focuses on the population-based representation of color or other information, neural substrates of color perception, and functional connectivity between neurons. We will continue our close collaboration with colleagues within the institution, including Dr. Ehud Kaplan, and those at Watson Research Center, IBM. The research environment at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the IBM provides many opportunities for developing a broader knowledge of vision research and computational neuroscience, with access to state of the art computational facilities. For further information about the Xiao Lab see

The candidate should have a doctoral degree with experience in working on electrophysiological or neuroimaging data. A strong quantitative background and experience in programming (Matlab, C/C++, or Python) is preferred.

Interested individuals should send a statement of interests, CV, 2-3 letters of reference, PDFs of representative publications, and the expected date of availability to Dr. Xiao (

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  

Youping Xiao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience and Friedman Brain Institute
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1065
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-9002
Fax: 212-849-2611



[Comp-neuro] AREADNE 2012 -- Call for Registration

Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles
Nomikos Conference Center, Santorini, Greece
21-24 June 2012


Dear Colleague,

We are please to announce that registration for AREADNE 2012 is now
open. AREADNE 2012 will be our fourth meeting at the Nomikos
Conference Centre in Santorini, Greece. Continuing with the same
highly successful format, the conference will bring scientific leaders
from around the world to present their theoretical and experimental
work on the functioning of neuronal ensembles. The meeting will
provide an informal yet spectacular and inspirational setting in which
attendees can discuss their recent discoveries and ideas, with a
relaxed pace that emphasizes interaction.

We have a very exciting list of speakers --

Dora Angelaki (Baylor College of Medicine)
Sliman Bensmaia (U. Chicago)
Davi Bock (HHMI Janelia Farm)
Anne Churchland (Cold Spring Harbor)
David Dickman (Baylor College of Medicine)
Michael Hasselmo (Boston University)
Nicholas Hatsopoulos (U. Chicago)
Peter Latham (UCL)
Jean Livet (INSERM)
Jeff Magee (HHMI Janelia Farm)
Dan Margoliash (U. Chicago)
Tirin Moore (Stanford)
John O'Keefe (UCL)
Leslie Osborne (U. Chicago)
John Pezaris (Harvard Med. School)
Panayiota Poirazi (FORTH / IMBB)
Hans Scherberger (DPZ)
Elad Schneidman (Weizmann Institute)
Idan Segev (Hebrew University)
Shy Shoham (Technion)
Eilon Vaadia (Hebrew University)

To register, and for additional information about the meeting, please
go to the conference web page

or send email to us at Please forward this message
to interested colleagues.

We hope to see you in Santorini!

John Pezaris, Co-Chair
Nicholas Hatsopoulos, Co-Chair
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[Comp-neuro] Call for registration, “Complex Systems and Brain Networks” symposium

Call for registration, "Complex Systems and Brain Networks" symposium

Dear Colleague,

Our symposium "Complex Systems and Brain Networks" is now open for registration.

This interdisciplinary symposium is devoted to discussing novel approaches of complex brain network analyses and their clinical applications.

Topics include:
1. Physical models of brain dynamics
2. New approaches for analyzing and modelling complex brain systems
3. Brain networks in clinical applications

September 13 - 15, 2012

Lehmkuhlenbusch 4
27753 Delmenhorst

Dr. Carsten Gießing
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Claus Hilgetag
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

Apart from the invited speakers, we are able to accept a limited number (30) of further participants. During the meeting, participants will have the opportunity to present a poster in one of the poster sessions. Applications from participants who plan to actively contribute to the meeting in such a way will be given higher preference.

Deadline for registration is the 31th of May, 2012.

Please check one of the following links for registration: or

See you in September!
Claus Hilgetag and Carsten Giessing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Book on Neuromorphic and Brain-Based Robots


The following book may be of interest to many of you:

Neuromorphic and Brain-Based Robots

Cambridge University Press is currently providing a 20% discount.
Neuromorphic and brain-based robotics have enormous potential for furthering our understanding of the brain. By embodying models of the brain on robotic platforms, researchers can investigate the roots of biological intelligence and work towards the development of truly intelligent machines. This book provides a broad introduction to this ground-breaking area for researchers from a wide range of fields, from engineering to neuroscience. Case studies explore how robots are being used in current research, including a whisker system that allows a robot to sense its environment and neurally inspired navigation systems that show impressive mapping results. Looking to the future, several chapters consider the development of cognitive, or even conscious, robots that display the adaptability and intelligence of biological organisms. Finally, the ethical implications of intelligent robots are explored, from morality and Asimov's three laws to the question of whether robots have rights.

• Case studies demonstrate how robots can be used to explore concepts in brain development, cognition and neural processing 
• Coverage of philosophical issues such as machine consciousness and robot ethics provides valuable insights into directions for future research 
• Mathematical treatments are avoided, allowing readers to understand the concepts and issues without wading through complex mathematics

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 
1. History and potential of neuromorphic robotics Jeffrey L. Krichmar and Hiroaki Wagatsuma

Part II. Neuromorphic Robots: Biologically and Neurally Inspired Designs: 
2. Robust haptic recognition by anthropomorphic hand through repetitive grasping Koh Hosoda
3. Biomimetic robots as scientific models: a view from the whisker tip Ben Mitchinson, Martin J. Pearson, Anthony G. Pipe and Tony J. Prescott
4. Sensor-rich robots driven by real-time brain circuit algorithms Andrew Felch and Richard Granger

Part III. Brain-Based Robots: Architectures and Approaches: 
5. RatSLAM project: robot spatial navigation Gordon Wyeth, Michael Milford, Ruth Schulz and Janet Wiles
6. Evolution of rewards and learning mechanisms in cyber rodents Eiji Uchibe and Kenji Doya
7. A neuromorphically-inspired cognitive architecture for cognitive robots Mitch Wilkes, Erdem Erdemir and Kazuhiko Kawamura
8. Autonomous visuomotor development for neuromorphic robots Zhengping Ji, Juyang Weng and Danil Prokhorov
9. Brain-inspired robots for autistic training and care Emilia I. Barakova and Loe Feijs

Part IV. Philosophical and Theoretical Considerations: 
10. From hardware and software to kernels and envelopes: a concept shift for robotics, developmental psychology and brain sciences Frederic Kaplan and Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
11. Can cognitive developmental robotics shift the paradigm? Minoru Asada
12. A look at the hidden side of situated cognition: a robotic study of brain-oscillation-based dynamics of instantaneous, episodic and conscious memories Hiroaki Wagatsuma
13. The case for using brain-based devices to study consciousness Jason Fleischer, Jeffrey McKinstry, David Edelman and Gerald Edelman
Part V. Ethical Considerations: 14. Ethical implications of intelligent robots George A. Bekey, Patrick Lin and Keith Abney
15. Toward robot ethics through the Ethics of Autism Masayoshi Shibata

Jeff Krichmar
Department of Cognitive Sciences
2328 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-5100

[Comp-neuro] INCF Canadian Neuroinformatics Workshop, May 24th, Vancouver, BC, CANADA

The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) and NeuroDevNet will jointly host a FREE workshop on the topic of Canadian Neuroinformatics on May 24th, immediately following this year's Canadian Association for Neuroscience meeting at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this FREE full day workshop (including lunch).

The workshop will include a diverse scientific agenda, and will close with a discussion of Canada's potential future involvement in INCF.
The speakers are:

Dr. Sean Hill, INCF Executive Director, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
Dr. Maryann Martone, INCF US Node, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
Dr. Rob Williams, INCF US Node, UTHSC, Memphis, TN
Dr. Dan Goldowitz, CMMT, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Paul Pavlidis, CHiBi, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Alan Evans, MNI, McGill, Montreal, QC
Dr. Todd Woodward, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Christian Beaulieu, U. of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Dr. Stephen Strother, Baycrest, U. of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Dr. John Tsotsos, CVR, York U., Toronto, ON
Dr. Gunnar Blohm, Queen’s U., Kingston, ON
Dr. Matthijs van der Meer, CTN, U. Waterloo, ON
Dr. Ibolja Cernak, U. of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

For more information or to register go to:

For your accommodations, you can take advantage of the CAN preferential rates at the Sheraton through the CAN meeting website:

More information about INCF
The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) was launched in 2005, following a proposal from the Global Science Forum of the OECD to establish an international collaborative informatics infrastructure for neuroscience, and currently has 16 member countries across North America, Europe and Asia. INCF establishes and operates scientific programs to develop standards for neuroscience data sharing, analysis, modeling and simulation while coordinating an informatics infrastructure designed to enable the integration of neuroscience knowledge worldwide and catalyze insights into brain function in health and disease. Please see for more information.

More information about NeuroDevNet
NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), is dedicated to helping children overcome neurodevelopmental disorders. Network investigators seek to understand the causes of neurological deficits, and to transfer this knowledge to health care professionals, policy makers, and communities of interest. NeuroDevNet works with its partners in academia, the community, not-for-profit sector, industry, and government, and across traditional disciplinary boundaries and sectors, to ensure generated knowledge is translated into tangible diagnostic, preventative, therapeutic, social, economic, and health benefits for all. Please see for more information.

[Comp-neuro] PhD position Univ. Reading, EEG-fMRI of affective states

Dear all,

A PhD position is available at the Brain Embodiments Lab, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, UK, on an EPSRC funded project "Brain-Computer Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States". The project aims to use coupled EEG-fMRI to inform a Brain-Computer Interface application. It is in collaboration with partners at the Univ. of Plymouth, and will include regular progress meetings at both sites.
Supervision will be provided by Dr. Slawomir Nasuto, Dr. Etienne Roesch and Dr. Tom Johnstone.

We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated PhD candidate to work within the above framework. Ideally, applicants should hold degrees in relevant subjects, i.e. cog psychology, neuroscience, cybernetics, engineering, physics, mathematics or computer science. The candidate should have good analytic skills, and knowledge of signal processing and statistics, good programming skills (Matlab, Python or C/C++). Due to restrictions on the funding, this studentship is only open to candidates from the UK/EU and those with permit to live and work in the UK. The position aims to start on the 1st of October, and lasts 36 months.

Deadline to apply : May 15th.

Link to the official job post:
Please apply directly to the Univ. of Reading (reference of the position GS12-01):

Should you have more questions, feel free to contact me or Dr. Slawomir Nasuto <>.

Best regards,

Dr. Etienne Roesch
Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics
Reading, RG66AL, United-Kingdom

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Limited registration open for Hodgkin Huxley 60 year anniversary celebration



In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Hodgkin-Huxley model of the action potential.

Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, July 12 - 13, 2012

Registration is now open for this congress celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original publication of the Hodgkin and Huxley model of the generation of the action potential by the squid giant axon. The congress will be held at Trinity College, Cambridge the home academic institution for the original research.


Day Delegate (both days)                           GBP 110


*Residential Delegate 2 nights

(shared bathroom)                                     GBP 185


*Residential Delegate 2 nights

(en-suite bathroom)                                   GBP 200


*Residential Delegate 3 nights

(shared bathroom)                                     GBP 225


*Residential Delegate 3 nights

(en-suite bathroom)                                   GBP 250


†Conference Banquet Guest                      GBP 60


*these registration fees include accommodation and conference meals.

includes plaque unveiling (1:30PM) Bertil Hille's Keynote lecture (1:45 pm) and the Conference Banquet (7:30 pm) on July 12th.



Due to space limitations registration is limited and on a first come first serve basis.  Registration fees increase after May 8, 2012.


The meeting will also include an open poster session for any participant who would like to present their work. Make sure you have your title and abstract ready before attempting to register as this information needs to be entered at registration. 


Travel funds are available for student members of the OCNS making poster presentations on a first come first serve basis.



Meeting website for registration and complete agenda:



A partial list of confirmed speakers include:


Wilfrid Rall (NIH retired)

Gordon Shepherd (Yale University)

Daniel Gardner  (NYU University)

Biswa Sengupta  (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)

Bruce Bean (Harvard University)

David Attwell (University College London)

Bertil Hille (University of Washington)

Indira Raman (Northwestern University)

Peter Jones (IST, Austria)

Lorin Milescu (University of Missouri)

Ilya Fleidervish (Ben- Gurion University)

William Kath (Northwestern University)

Harold Zakon (University of Texas Austin)

James Bower (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)

Idan Segev (Hebrew University)

Micheal Hausser (University College London)

Andreas Herz (BCCN, Munich)

Fred Wolf (Max Plack Institute – Gottingen)

Fernando Fernandez (University of Utah)

Lyle Long (Pennsylvania State University)

Hans Braun (University of Marburg, Germany)

Yuguo Yu (Yale University and Fudan University Shanghai)

Sungho Hong (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)

Michele Migilore (CNR, Palermo)

Susanne Schreirber (Humboldt University)

Cengiz Gunay (Emory University)

Chrisitan Finke (University of Oldenburg)

Kazuyuki Alhara (University of Tokyo)

Michele Giugliano (Unveristy of Antwerp)

L..S. Borkowski (Adam Michlewicz University, Poland)

Alessandro Torcini (CNR, Flourance)

Henry Tuckwell (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig)


  Principal organizers:

  James M. Bower (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio)

  Idan Segev (Hebrew University)

  Michael Häusser (University College London)

  Simon O'Connor (Local Organizer)

Supported by OCNS, The Physiological Society, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.




Dr. James M. Bower Ph.D.
Professor of Computational Neurobiology

Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.
15355 Lambda Drive
University of Texas Health Science Center 
San Antonio, Texas  78245

Department of Biology
University of Texas - San Antonio

Phone:  210 382 0553
twitter: superid101
linkedin: Jim Bower

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