Thursday, May 31, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Special Issue on Partially Supervised Learning

Dear All,

subscribers to this list may be interested in the following Call for
Papers for a PRL special issue on Partially Supervised Learning which
includes plenty of topics rooted in the field of neural networks:

Final Call For Papers

Special Issue on "Partially Supervised Learning for Pattern Recognition"
to be published in the journal Pattern Recognition Letters

Partially supervised learning (PSL) is a rapidly evolving area of machine learning. In many applications unlabeled data may be relatively easy to collect, whereas labeling the data is difficult and expensive. PSL is a general framework for learning with labeled and unlabeled data. vector and some information about its class. In traditional pattern classification a label (the correct class) is associated with each training pattern; in the PSL framework this label might as well be crisp, but it might also be paired with a confidence value, or it might be an imprecise and/or uncertain soft label (defined through certain types of uncertainty models), or it might be that such a label is not available at all.

PSL thus generalizes, involves, or builds upon several kinds of learning paradigms that have also found application to pattern classification problems. Such paradigms include: supervised and unsupervised techniques; semi-supervised learning; transductive, transfer, and diffusion learning; policy learning in partially observable environments. Therefore PSL methods and algorithms for pattern recognition are of great interest in both practical applications and theory. Research in the field of PSL is still in its early stages and has great potential for further growth.

This special issue invites paper submissions on the most recent developments in PSL research rooted in (or, aimed at) pattern recognition.

Topics of interest include (yet, they are not limited to) the following issues:

Methodological issues (as long as they relate to pattern recognition):
• Combinations of supervised and unsupervised learning
• Diffusion learning
• Semi-supervised classification and clustering
• PSL with deep architectures
• Active leaning
• PSL with vague, fuzzy, or uncertain teaching signals
• PSL in multiple classifier systems and ensembles
• PSL in neural nets, machine learning, or statistical pattern
• Transfer learning
• Transductive learning

Pattern recognition applications of PSL in:
• Image and signal processing
• Multimodal information processing
• Information fusion
• Data mining and web mining
• Bioinformatics/Cheminformatics

If you are not sure on whether your manuscripts matches the aims and scope of this special issue or not, do not hesitate to get in touch with the guest editors at any time.

Paper submission:
Papers must be submitted online via the Pattern Recognition Letters website (, selecting the choice that indicates this special issue (identifier: PSL-PR). Prepare your paper following the Journal guidelines for Authors (, which include specifications for submissions aimed at Special Issues. In particular, a maximum of 7500 words is admitted for special issue papers, without counting the References (plus at most 10 Figures/Tables in total). Priority will be given to the papers with high novelty and originality.

*** New Submission deadline: JULY 15, 2012 ***

(note: electronic submission opens on JUNE 11, 2012)

Guest editors:
Friedhelm Schwenker, University of Ulm, Germany (
Edmondo Trentin, University of Siena, Italy (

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[Comp-neuro] Call for abstracts - Workshop on Artificial Mental Imagery in Cognitive Systems and Robotics

(apologize for multiple postings)




Workshop on Artificial Mental Imagery in Cognitive Systems and Robotics

in conjunction with 12th International Conference on Adaptive Behaviour (SAB 2012)

Odense, Denmark, August 27-31, 2012




Submission of abstracts:  June 30th, 2012

Notification of authors: July 10th, 2012

Workshop:  August 27th, 2012




The objective of the workshop is to facilitate integration and to foster new developments in mental imagery modelling and applications, involving researchers from different disciplines, interested in exploring the concept of mental imagery applied to both artificial cognitive systems and robots. Because we believe that the fundamental interdisciplinary nature of the field requires an intimate collaboration between neuroscientists, psychologists, computer scientists, and robotics researchers, the workshop is also open to all researchers interested in mental imagery for the enhancement of cognitive abilities in general, and their contributions and participation are particularly welcome.




All researchers interested in contributing to the discussion are invited to submit an abstract of their work, prepared using the Springer format (up to 4 pages), to the following address

Springer proceedings format kits and instructions could be found at the following address:




Proceedings with abstracts of the workshop will be published and, as follow up, we will organize a special issue on an ISI journal, welcoming all the speakers’ contribution. More details will be given soon through the website.




Prof. Thomas Schack, head of Neurocognition and Action Research Group at Bielefeld University, Germany

Prof. Thierry Pozzo, director of Laboratoire INSERM U1093, Université de Bourgogne,  France




The role of mental imagery has been researched extensively over the past 50 years in the areas of motor learning, neuroscience and psychology. Some of the main effects of mental practice on physical performance have been well established in experiments with humans in the fields of sports science, occupational psychology and motor rehabilitation.

Recent studies in control engineering have shown how the use of motor rehearsal and simulation can enable an individual, through a Brain Machine Interface (BMI), to control robotic devices. Furthermore advances in information and communication technologies now make new tools available to scientists interested in artificial cognitive systems, which despite the tremendous potential applications still face several challenges. Improving the skill of a robot in terms of motor control and navigation capabilities, especially in the case of a complex robot with many degrees of freedom, is a timely and important issue in current robotics research.

The underlying neurocognitive mechanisms involved in mental imagery and subsequent physical performance, however, are still far from being fully understood. Understanding the processes behind the human ability to create mental images of events and experiences is still a crucial issue. To this end, more research efforts are needed to understand the role of mental imagery and its mechanisms in human cognition and how it can be used to enhance motor control in autonomous robots. From a technological point of view, the impact in the field of robotics could be significant.  It could lead to the derivation of engineering principles for the development of autonomous systems that are capable of exploiting the characteristics of mental imagery training so to better interact with the environment and refine their motor skills in an open-ended process.




Dr. Alessandro G. Di Nuovo, Plymouth University, UK

Dr. Vivian M. De La Cruz, Universita’ degli Studi di Messina, Italy

Dr. Davide Marocco, Plymouth University, UK




Any inquiries should be sent to:

Workshop page:



[Comp-neuro] Post-doc in Mathematical Neuroscience, Nottingham

Marie Curie Actions Experienced Researcher (Postdoctoral researcher)
Mathematical Neuroscience

£50,352 - £58,236 per annum depending on circumstance in accordance with Marie Curie Actions.

Applications are invited for the above post to work with Professor S Coombes and Dr Noah Russell on a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded project in Mathematical Neuroscience to underpin work at Nottingham on Synthetic Cognition.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a joint venture between Mathematical Sciences and the Neurophotonics Research Laboratory on an EC funded project in Neural Engineering with a focus on theoretical work to understand neural computation.  The Nottingham Neurophotonics Laboratory is developing cutting edge technology to study small networks of living neurons connected to a virtual environment programmed on a real-time computer. This project will involve the development of a phase-amplitude framework, for describing physiologically realistic models of single neurons, into a useful tool for addressing fundamental questions in neuroscience, and specifically the dynamical evolution of states observed in living micro-culture neuronal arrays.  A major focus will be on the use of powerful new ideas in dynamical systems theory to understand the transitions between network states, their control, and influence by an external environment.  The ultimate aim of this work is to develop a deep understanding of cognition at an elemental level. 

Candidates must be in the first 5 years of their research careers and already be in possession of a doctoral degree (or be close to completion) in mathematics, physics or engineering.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience in mathematical and computational neuroscience.  As part of our commitment to promoting diversity we encourage applications from women.  To comply with the Marie Curie Actions rule for mobility applicants must not have resided, worked or studied in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to Sept 2012.

This full-time post is available from the 3 September 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 24 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof S Coombes email:  Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.  For information about the School of Mathematical Sciences, one of the most active in the UK, see:

For more details and/or to apply on-line please access:  If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, tel: +44(0)115 915205.  Please quote ref SCI/1146.  Closing date: 2 July 2012.

Stephen Coombes
Professor of Applied Mathematics

School of Mathematical Sciences
Nottingham, UK

Tel:  0115 846 7836
Fax: 0115 951 3837


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Plan to attend "Disease Dynamics - Computational modeling of neurological diseases" - July 26, CNS*2012 @ Atlanta/Decatur

Dear all,

We invite you to attend the "Disease Dynamics - Computational modeling of neurological diseases" on July 26 during the CNS*2012 annual meeting @ Atlanta/Decatur, GA, USA. Workshop information is available on

The goal of this workshop is to bring together a diverse group of neuroscientists to discuss and present recent advances in computational modeling of dynamical disease phenomena. Computational modeling holds great promise in improving our understanding of disease dynamics and in designing pharmacological, surgical and neuroprosthetic interventional strategies for neurological disorders. In this workshop, we will focus on how computational models can enhance our understanding of disease dynamics and predict emergence of pathological excitability states. Examples of pathological excitability states include hyper-excitability of sensorimotor reflex circuits leading to spasticity, hyper-synchrony of cortical networks leading to epileptiform activity and Parkinsonian rhythms. The models discussed will represent molecular, cellular and network constructs encompassing multiple levels of nervous system organization. The workshop will promote cross-talk on pathogenic mechanisms in multiple neurological conditions while providing opportunities for an open dialog amongst experimental, computational and clinical neuroscientists to further stimulate the utilization of computational models in predicting disease dynamics.
Speaker List:

Steven J Schiff, M.D., Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Ivan Soltesz, Ph.D.
University of Califronia Irvine
Theoden Netoff, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Cengiz Gunay, Ph.D.
Emory University
Kim 'Avrama' Blackwell, Ph.D.
George Mason University
Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburg
Gennady Cymbalyuk, Ph.D.
Georgia State University
Sharmila Venugopal, Ph.D.
University of California Los Angeles

Sharmila Venugopal, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology
University of California Los Angeles

[Comp-neuro] FENS 2012 Satellite Event: "Dynamics of Memory: What's the Evidence?"

The deadline for poster abstract submissions for the FENS 2012 satellite event "Dynamics of memory: What's the evidence?" that will take place on July 12-13 in Barcelona, has been extended to June 21st.

The aim of the conference is to discuss experimental approaches that evaluate and assess theoretical mechanistic explanations for how memories are stored, retrieved and maintained in the brain. Several reasons make this the right time to bring together theoreticians and experimentalists to discuss the dynamics of memory. First, the existence of a diversity of experimental techniques - especially, but not exclusively, the ability to record the simultaneous activity of large populations of neurons - which are capable of providing evidence sufficiently precise so as to discard proposed theoretical alternatives. Second, the progressive infiltration of theoretical ideas into experimental journals and forums has made it possible for experimentalists to become familiar and interested in quantitative approaches which, until recently, were only discussed among theoreticians. Because of this, we feel like this conference will be of great interest to systems neuroscientists, both those using experimental as well as theoretical approaches.


Moshe Abeles (Hebrew University, Israel): "Encoding and retrieval of established complex memories"

Matthew Chafee (Univ of Minnesota, USA): "Spatial working memory and rapid neuronal population dynamics in primate parietal cortex"

Albert Compte (IDIBAPS, Spain): "Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence of continuous attractors in spatial working memory"

Daniel Durstewitz (BCCN Heidelberg-Mannheim, Germany): "Neural Dynamics during Multiple-Item Working Memory Reconstructed from Multiple Single-Unit Recordings"

Rainer Friedrich (FMIBR, Switzerland): "Transformations of dynamic odor representations in the zebrafish brain"

Mark Goldman (UC Davis, USA): "Microcircuits for short-term memory storage and neural integration"

Wolfgang Maas (FIAS Frankfurt, Germany): "Memory in dynamical systems: From attractors to trajectories"

Matthias Munk (MPI Tuebingen, Germany): "Local and distributed population coding and its relation to neural mass signals"

Alessandro Treves (SISSA, Italy): "Sharp transitions separate distinct phases of latching dynamics"

Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann, Israel): "Scaling laws of associative retrieval from long-term memory"

Kechen Zhang (Johns Hopkins , USA): "Attractor dynamics in the limbic system: Evidence and challenges"

Registration for the event is open until June 30th. Further details about the satellite logistics and registration procedures can be found in the the conference website:

The organizers,

Albert Compte, PhD
IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain

Alfonso Renart, PhD.
Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon, Portugal

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Call for Abstracts in CompNeuro & Neural Engineering @ Bioengineering12 (Oxford, UK)

Dear Colleagues,
this is just a reminder that the annual "Bioengineering" conference (see below) embraces
Neuroscience as of this year. Abstract submissions in  Engineering principles 
of Neuroscience (aka Comp. Neuroscience) and Engineering for Neuroscience
(i.e. Neural Engineering/Neurotechnology) are especially welcome.
This includes synthetic biology applications in neurosciences, such as optogenetics;
as well as simulation and analysis  techniques for neural/imaging data.

*** Bioengineering12 (Oxford, UK) ***

Building on the success of last year's meeting in London, we are very pleased to be able to announce that Bioengineering12 will be held at the Said Business School in Oxford, on 6–7th September, 2012.
In addition to scientific activities, there will be a conference dinner at St Anne's College, which also has reasonably priced accommodation available in the heart of Oxford.

Parallel sessions will be held on both days, with specific topical coverage as follows:

Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Biofluids
Cell and Molecular Bioengineering
Imaging and Modelling
Instrumentation and Devices
Orthopedics and Skin

For more information, registation, abstract submission and registration, please visit our website

best wishes
Aldo Faisal
Area Chair (Neurotechnology/Neuroscience)

Dr Aldo Faisal

PI Sensorimotor Learning Lab (Bioengineerig)
& Leader Machine Learning Group (Computing)

Dept. of Bioengineering
& Dept. of Computing

Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London, SW7 2AZ
Tel:  +44 20 759 46373
Fax: +44 20 759 49817

[Comp-neuro] Neuroinformatics 2012 - Early bird deadline

5th INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics: Munich, Sept 10 - 12, 2012

Last day for early bird discount: June 1


For more information, please visit the Congress website at:

We very much look forward to seeing you in Munich in September!

/Pontus Holm, INCF

Monday, May 28, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Swansea University

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Job Number
Advertising Department
Human and Health Sciences
Contract Type
Closing Date
£37,012 to £52,706 per annum (pro rata for part time staff)
The normal expectation is that the successful applicant will be
appointed to the minimum of the agreed scale with annual increments on
1 October each year (subject to completing six months service)
Main Purpose of the Post
The Department of Psychology has a flourishing research community with
research strengths identified by the RAE 2008 in cognition and
perception, health and clinical psychology, and neuroscience.

We are seeking candidates with a strong publication record and the
ability to attract research funding in any area of psychology, but
preference will be given to applicants with expertise in clinical /
health areas of psychology, and / or neuroscience, and / or clinical

We are looking for applicants who will be able to develop
collaborative links with existing multidisciplinary research teams
within the College of Human and Health Sciences (including Ageing and
Child Research), the College of Medicine, and the Wales Institute of
Cognitive Neuroscience.

Appointees will be expected to contribute to teaching in the core BPS
undergraduate curriculum, to undertake supervision of postgraduate
research students and to work as part of a team committed to
delivering an outstanding student experience. The successful candidate
will also be expected to contribute to postgraduate taught Masters
teaching on one or more of our 3 MSc courses, in Abnormal and Clinical
Psychology, in Research Methods in Psychology, and in Cognitive
Neuroscience. Therefore, experience of teaching and supervision at
undergraduate and postgraduate level is essential.

Applicants should have a PhD in psychology or a behavioural science,
and have a publication profile that would enable them to be included
in our submission for the REF 2014.

Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in clinical
psychology, health psychology or clinical neuropsychology, and/or
expertise in brain imaging, including fMRI, EEG or other neuroscience
methods. Preference will also be given to individuals engaged in
clinically-related practice. An honorary NHS position may be linked to
this appointment, if the applicant has an area of clinical expertise.
Main Duties
This post provides roles for candidates with research and academic
potential and interest in any area of psychology, but preference will
be given to applicants with expertise in either clinical / health /
neuropsychological areas of psychology, or neuroscience.

The appointee will be expected to expand their own research activities
and be capable of linking with existing research areas and research
teams in the College of Human and Health Sciences, the College of
Medicine, and the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Successful applicants will also be expected to develop their own
portfolio of funded projects, as well as fruitful interactions and
collaborations with wider multidisciplinary research networks. The
appointees will already be operating at an international level,
publishing research in respected journals and obtaining funding, and
the College and Department will ensure support for a considerable
growth in that activity.

The post requires a contribution to UG and PG teaching and research
postgraduate supervision in the Department of Psychology and across
the College of Human and Health Sciences, in addition to sharing
organisational and academic administrative responsibilities.

An honorary NHS position may be linked to this appointment, if the
applicant has an area of clinical expertise.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
(a) Research contribution
• To conduct high quality research within psychology. Applications
that add to our strengths in clinically related areas of psychology
and/or research in neuroscience are welcome, but outstanding
researchers in any other area of psychology will be considered
• To publish in high impact internationally recognised journals, with
a profile sufficient to be included in the REF 2014.
• To obtain grant funding, especially funding from the UK Research Councils.
• To initiate and respond to collaborative research opportunities
within the Department of Psychology, within the College, within
Swansea University, and with colleagues from other Universities both
nationally and internationally.

(b) Teaching Duties
• The ability to deliver high quality teaching in core BPS
undergraduate curriculum areas and to contribute other high quality UG
teaching at all levels in the Department of Psychology and the College
of Human and Health Sciences
• To develop and deliver a specialised level 3 option course related
to your area of research.
• To deliver high quality advanced level teaching on the MSc in
Abnormal and Clinical Psychology and/or the MSc in Cognitive
Neuroscience, and/or other MScs in the College, where appropriate.
• To undertake the role of personal tutor with responsibility for
pastoral and academic support for tutees.
• To work collaboratively and collegially as part of a team committed
to providing an outstanding student experience.
• The University has evolved to a position where quality assurance and
enhancement procedures are integrated throughout all its activities
and all staff must conform to these procedures.

(c) Administrative Duties
The successful applicant will be required to share in administrative
duties, at Departmental and College level, as directed by the Head of
College, for example being actively involved in the recruitment of
students, attending and contributing to appropriate committees and
related activities, and giving research presentations.

Other Duties,
• Members of staff are encouraged to maintain and enhance links with
the professional institutions. A commitment to continuing professional
development is mandatory.
• The development of industry/university and public sector/university
partnerships in line with the College's Third Missions Strategy is an
important part of the role.
• To promote equality and diversity in working practices and maintain
positive working relationships.
Person Specification
Essential Criteria
1. PhD in Psychology or a Behavioural Science
2. A publication record commensurate with a high level of research
performance and stage of career, and suitable for inclusion in the REF
3. Evidence of research capability and competence in the field of
psychology compatible with the aspirations and facilities of the
4. High level of written and oral communication skills and inter-personal skills
5. An understanding of research funding mechanisms and processes and
the capacity to contribute to research grant capture.
6. The ability to teach the core BPS curriculum areas and to
contribute to UG teaching in the Department of Psychology and the
College of Human and Health Sciences
7. Evidence of making a contribution in a research team and the
ability to collaborate at different levels across organisations
8. Evidence of a commitment to continuous professional development
9. Evidence of ability to supervise postgraduate research students to
the completion of their degrees
10. Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and collegially in
research, administration and teaching teams.
11. Experience of teaching and supervision at UG and PG levels

Desirable Criteria
12. Competence in clinical psychology, health psychology, clinical
neuropsychology and/or neuroscience techniques, and/or techniques in
any other area of psychology
13. The ability to teach subjects relevant to the MSc in Abnormal and
Clinical Psychology, and/or the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, and/or
the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology
14. The ability to use innovative teaching methods including e-learning
15. The ability to teach subjects relevant to MSc courses in the
College of Human and Health Sciences
16. Professional qualification and practice experience in clinical
psychology, or health psychology, or clinical neuropsychology

Variable Essential Criteria which will differentiate between Lecturer
and Senior Lecturer appointment

Strong publication record
For appointment at:
Lecturer: applicants should have a national reputation for their
research, and must demonstrate a substantial record of regular
publications, which will contribute to the School's research profile
Senior Lecturer: applicants must demonstrate a record of regular
publications at the REF 3* (internationally excellent) level which
will contribute to the Department's REF submission.

Track record of successful grant applications
For appointment at:
Lecturer: Applicants should demonstrate experience of identifying
sources of funding and securing funds to support their scholarly
Senior Lecturer: applicants should demonstrate successful securing of
funds to support their research activities

Track record of leadership
For appointment at:
Senior Lecturer: applicants should demonstrate leadership at the level
of module and course delivery, and in leading research teams that
result in high quality publications.

Candidates invited for interview will be required to provide a
presentation to the panel as part of the selection process.
In the RAE 2008 the Department of Psychology was judged to have 5% of
our research world leading (4*), 30% Internationally excellent (3*)
and 45% Internationally recognised (2*). The RAE panel judged that our
strengths were 'cognition and perception, health and clinical, and
neuroscience.' The Department is expanding Postgraduate Taught Masters
provision and research in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, and, as
part of the Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, is expanding
PGTM provision and research in neuroscience, including EEG/ERP and
brain imaging techniques, including fMRI. We are also expanding our
clinical and health PGTM provision.

The Institution

Swansea is a research-led university at the forefront of academic and
scientific discovery, and pertinent to this role is that clinical
research and neuroscience are major strengths of the University.
Recent surveys and league tables have consistently placed Swansea
among the top 20 Universities in the UK for teaching quality and
student satisfaction. The results reflect the University's aim to
deliver an outstanding student experience alongside teaching of the
highest quality that produces graduates equipped for exceptional
personal and professional achievement.

The College

The Department of Psychology is part of the College of Human and
Health Sciences, which is the largest provider of health care
education in Wales, providing an exciting and dynamic environment in
which to study and further an academic or professional career. The
College's mission is to conduct high quality international research
that meets the needs of the people of south-west Wales and beyond. The
College has approximately 4000 students offering undergraduate
degrees, postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, stand-alone
modules, Masters, MPhil, PhD and DProf programmes.

We are an equal opportunity employer aiming for diversity in our workforce.
Informal enquiries contact details
Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be directed to the Head of
Department, Professor Mark Blagrove. Email:
Telephone: 01792 295586.
Terms and Conditions of employment
This is a permanent position and the salary will be on either the
Grade 9 salary scale for Lecturers (Teaching and Research) or Grade 10
for Senior Lecturer (Teaching and Research), against the benchmark
profile for this grade depending on the Academic profile which best
matches your experience and achievements, together with USS benefits.
It may be necessary for these duties to be varied from time to time
within the grade definition. The relevant profiles are attached for

Grade 9,18313,en.pdf
Grade 10,18314,en.pdf

Hours: 35 per week. (This is a full time post but applications from
individuals seeking part time, job share or flexible working
arrangements are welcome)

Annual leave:31 days per annum plus Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time staff)

The appointment is subject to the General Terms of Appointment for
Academic Staff set out in the attached:
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[Comp-neuro] Deadline Extension, June 18: IMMM 2012 || October 21-26, 2012 - Venice, Italy



The submission deadline is extended to June 18, 2012.

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

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


============== IMMM 2012 | Call for Papers ===============


IMMM 2012 , The Second International Conference on Advances in Information Mining and Management

October 21-26, 2012 - Venice, Italy

General page:

Call for Papers:

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

Submission page:

Submission deadline: June 18, 2012

Sponsored by IARIA,

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

Please note the Poster and Work in Progress options.

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

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

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

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

Mining mechanisms and methods

Data mining algorithms; Media adaptive mining; Agent-based mining; Content-based mining;
Context-aware mining; Automation of data extraction; Data mining at a large; Domain-driven data
mining; Graph-based data mining; Multilabel information; Multimodal mining; Cloud-based mining;
Mining using neurocomputing techniques

Mining support

Querying for mining; Questions for digital investigation; Similarity search; User-generated content;
Visualizing data mining; Internationalization and localization techniques for profile/context-based

Type of information mining

Concept mining; Process mining; Concept mining; Knowledge mining; Knowledge discovery; Mining image
and video; Mining patterns; Opinion mining; Graph mining; Ontology mining; Semantic annotations and
mining; Document mining; Spatial mining; Speech mining; Text mining; Web mining; XML data mining

Pervasive information retrieval

Context and location information retrieval; Mobile information retrieval; Geo-information retrieval;
Context-aware information retrieval; Access-driven information retrieval; Location-specific
information retrieval; Spacial information retrieval; Semantic-driven retrieval

Automated retrieval and mining

Automated information extraction; Agent-based data mining and information discovery; Agent-based
knowledge; Datamining-based agents and multi-agent systems; Agent-mining intelligent applications and
systems; Automated retrieval of multimedia streams; Automated retrieval from multimedia archives;
Automated copyright infringement detection and watermarking; Automated content summarization;
Automatic concept detection, categorization, and genre detection; Automatic speech recognition;
Automated cross-media linking

Mining features

Multilingual data mining; Multimedia mining; String processing and data mining; Mining association
rules; Mining social relationships; Mining linked data; Mining sequential episodes from time series;
Mining time-dependent data; Un-supervised data mining; Semi-structured data; Mining
location-sensitive data; Concept-drift in data mining

Information mining and management

Data cleaning; Data updating; Segmentation and clustering; Mining transient information; Warehousing;
Web syndication; Data filtering and aggregation; Optimal pruning; Data summarization; Knowledge
injection, discovery and classification; Uncertainty removal; Managing incompleteness

Mining from specific sources

Bio data mining; Climate data mining; Data mining in medicine and pharmacology; Data mining in
special networks (grids, sensors, etc.); Data management for mobile systems; Data management for
sensors; Data mining and management for wireless systems; Dynamic network discovery; Mining from
multiple sources; Mining personal semantic data; Mining from social networks; Mining from deep web;
Mining from Wikipedia

Data management in special environments

Data management in sensor and mobile ad hoc networks; Data management in mobile peer-to-peer
networks; Data management for mobile applications; Data management in mobile/temporal social
networks; Management of community sensing/participatory sensing data; Managing pervasive data, sensor
data streams and user devices; Managing mobile semantic data; Manging data-intensive mobile
computing; Management of real-time data; Managing security data streams; Managing Mobile Web 2.0
data; Managing data in mobile clouds; Data replication, migration and dissemination in mobile
environments; Web data processing and security on mobile devices; Resource advertising and discovery

Mining evaluation

Statistics on mining; Ranking of mining results; Provenance; Privacy issues; Patterns for mining;
Credibility on data mining; Performance of mining information; Data mining and computational
intelligence; Intelligent data understanding; Intelligent data analysis

Mining tools and applications

Data mining applications; Data mining tools and enabling software; Interoperability of information
mining tools; Applications for large-scale mining; Content segmentation tools (e.g., shot and
semantic scene segmentation); Evaluation methods for TV and radio content analysis tools; Tools for
data sets and standard resources


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Saturday, May 26, 2012



Vol. 11, No. 2, June 2012


1.A Quantum-mechanical description of ion motion within the confining potentials
of voltage gated ion channels by J. Summhammer, V. Salari and G. Bernroider.

2. Mechanisms defining action potential abnormalities in simulated amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis by D.I.Stephanova, S.M.Krustev and N.Negrev.

3. Mechanisms defining electrotonic potential abnormalities in simulated
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by D.I.Stephanova, S.M.Krustev and N.Negrev.

4. Cardinal difference between the orientation-selective retinal ganglion cells
projecting to the fish tectum and the orientation-selective complex cells of
the mammalian striate cortex by I.Damjanovic, E.M.Maximova,P.V.Maximov and

5. Presynaptic and postsynaptic single-unit responses in the goldfish tectum as
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Friday, May 25, 2012

[Comp-neuro] PhD thesis in Supélec, South of Paris

Title: Control laws for innovative deep brain stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson disease: provable approaches based on optogenitics experimental data

Supervisors: Antoine Chaillet (main advisor) and William Pasillas-Lépine

Brief description: This Ph.D. thesis aims at adapting methodologies issued from control theory and dynamical systems to the field of neurosciences. The development of formal analytical results allows a better understanding of some neurological phenomena, and is a necessary requirement for the achievement of significant progresses in therapeutic treatments such as deep brain stimulation. Recent experimental and theoretical breakthroughs now make such analytical studies reasonable. In particular, this work will focus on neuronal synchrony, which is involved in many healthy brain functions but can also lead to pathological phenomena (such as Parkinson disease). The objective of this work is to develop new analysis and control methods, able to cope with the fundamentally complex behavior of neuronal populations (interconnection, heterogeneity, uncertainties, delays…). These methods will be inspired from related domains involving stability analysis of interconnected nonlinear systems, analysis of hybrid dynamics and robust control. More precisely, the Ph.D. thesis will comprise: the development a spike-rate model of the basal ganglia network based on experimental optogenetics data of healthy and parkinsonian primates, the confrontation of this model with a single-unit numerical model, the formal analysis of pathological oscillations onset based on the spike-rate model, and the development of realistic DBS control laws to alter these pathological oscillations.

Environment: The Ph.D. thesis will take place at Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes (L2S) – Supélec, South of Paris (France), in a team composed of applied mathematicians and control theoreticians.

Prerequisite: Although aiming at practical fallouts and relying on state-of-the-art experimental data, the contributions expected from this Ph.D. thesis are mostly of a theoretical nature. The candidate must have a background in applied mathematics, nonlinear/hybrid control theory, or computational neurosciences. Interests in interdisciplinary research are required. Skills in simulation software are desirable. Knowledge of French language is not required, but an appropriate level of English is necessary.

Antoine Chaillet
Maitre de Conférences
Supélec - L2S - Univ. Paris Sud 11 - EECI
3, rue Joliot Curie
91192 - Gif sur Yvette

[Comp-neuro] NIPS 2012 Call for Demonstrations

Demonstration Proposal Deadline:
Monday September 17, 2012 11:59 (UTC)

The Neural Information Processing Systems Conference 2012 has a Demonstration Track running in
parallel with the evening Poster Sessions, December 3-5, 2012, in Lake Tahoe,
Nevada, USA.
Demonstrations offer a unique opportunity to showcase:
* Hardware technology
* Software systems
* Neuromorphic and biologically-inspired systems
* Robotics
* or other systems, which are relevant to the technical areas covered by NIPS
(see Call for Papers

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[Comp-neuro] NIPS 2012 Call for Workshops

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NIPS 2012 Call For Workshops
Natural and Synthetic NIPS*2012 Post-Conference Workshops
December 7 and 8, 2012 Hotel Harrahs and Harveys
Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA

Following the regular program of the Neural Information Processing Systems
2012 conference, workshops on a variety of current topics in neural
information processing will be held on December 7 and 8, 2012, in Lake
Tahoe, Nevada, USA. We invite researchers interested in chairing one of
these workshops to submit proposals for workshops. The goal of the
workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss
important research questions and challenges. Controversial issues, open
problems, and comparisons of competing approaches are not only encouraged
but preferred as workshop topics. Representation of alternative viewpoints
and panel-style discussions are also particularly encouraged.
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[Comp-neuro] PhD position in Computational motor control at Université Paris-Sud (UR CIAMS-Motor Control & Perception Team (EA 4532))

Dear All,


Could you send out this PhD position proposal in Computational motor control at Université Paris-Sud (UR CIAMS-Motor Control & Perception Team (EA 4532).







1 PhD Position in Computational Motor Control


Motor control and perception lab

University Paris-Sud, France

We invite students to apply for 1 PhD position in the motor control and perception team of the UR CIAMS lab (EA 4532) at the University Paris-Sud.


The PhD project will involve computer analysis, modeling and simulation of 3D human movements. The aim is to investigate the control of unconstrained movements, with a special focus on inter-individual differences and cost functions.

More details about our research can be found on the homepage of Dr Brice Isableu - and in the publications of Dr Bastien Berret, in particular:


B. Berret, E. Chiovetto, F. Nori, and T. Pozzo, Evidence for Composite Cost Functions in Arm Movement Planning: An Inverse Optimal Control Approach, PLoS Comput Biol, 2011

B. Berret, E. Chiovetto, F. Nori, and T. Pozzo, Manifold reaching paradigm: how do we handle target redundancy?, Journal of Neurophysiology, 2011


Applicants should have good computational and programming skills and an excellent first degree in computer science, biology, maths, physics, neuroscience, or a related discipline. Good English skills are required.

Previous experience in motor neuroscience is not required but would be an advantage. A strong interest in multidisciplinary research is desirable, in particular for experimental data acquisition on humans (motion capture, EMG recordings).


The successful candidate will be eligible for a research studentship award (Phd grant from the Université Paris-Sud). The grant amount is approximately 16.870 euros(fulltime research) or 19.764 euros net per year, before taxes (the latter includes supplementary teaching assistance (64h) or administrative missions).



Applicants should provide the report card of their master’s degree before june 26th. Eligible applicants will be required to defend the thesis project to the doctoral selection committee (4th or 6th july 2012). Applicants from outside France are also eligible.


Université Paris-Sud is a truly international institution. Many of its students go abroad every year for part of their studies. UPS also hosts a large number of foreign students (over 4,800 visiting students from 132 countries in 2008-2009). Université Paris-Sud comprises 5 university campuses, 3 institutes of technology and 1 institute of engineering. University sites and institutes are located along the RER B train line, ensuring direct access to the centre of Paris.



Please contact Dr Brice Isableu ( for informal inquiries. The candidates should send a CV, a brief letter of intention and the names and contact details of two references at Dr Brice Isableu. Deadline for applications is June 19th, 2012.







Laboratoire CIAMS - Complexité, Innovation et Activités Motrices et Sportives, EA 4532

* Coresponsable Equipe "Contrôle Moteur et Perception"

* Coresponsable Cellule R&D "Sports, Sciences & Innovations"

* Coresponsable Master 1 "Contrôle Moteur - Pratiques Physiques : Perspectives Psychologiques"


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Reminder - Ubiquitous Data Mining Workshop (ECAI 2012) - One Week for deadline

** Apologies for cross-posting **

Ubiquitous Data Mining (UDM) Workshop
Montpellier, France, August 27-31, 2012

in conjunction with

ECAI 2012
20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Montpellier, France, August 27-31, 2012

-- Important Dates --

Paper submission: 31 May, 2012
Author notification: 22 Jun, 2012
Camera-ready copy: 30 Jun, 2012

== Call for Papers ==

Ubiquitous Data Mining (UDM) uses Data Mining techniques to extract
useful knowledge from data, namely when its characteristics reflect a
World in Movement.

The goal of this workshop is to convene researchers (from both academia
and industry) who deal with techniques such as: decision rules, decision
trees, association rules, clustering, filtering, learning classifier
systems, neural networks, support vector machines, preprocessing,
postprocessing, feature selection, visualization techniques, etc. for
UDM of distributed and heterogeneous sources in the form of a continuous
stream with mobile and/or embedded devices and related themes.

Authors are invited to submit original papers in all topics related to
Ubiquitous Data Mining. Selected papers will have to be presented during
the workshop.

The workshop will include extra time for audience discussion of the
presentation allowing the group to have a better understanding of the
issues, challenges, and ideas being presented.

Authors of best workshop papers will be invited to submit extended
versions of their work to Intelligent Data Analysis Journal.

-- Topics --

Topics include but are not restricted to:

- Adaptive Data Mining
- Distributed Data Mining
- Distributed Data Streams
- Grid Data Mining
- Learning in Ubiquitous environments
- Learning from Sensor Networks
- Learning from Social Networks
- Visualization Techniques for UDM
- Incremental On-line Learning Algorithms
- Single-Pass and Scalable Algorithms
- Learning in distributed neural network systems;
- Real-Time and Real-World Applications
- Resource-aware UDM
- Theoretical frameworks for UDM

-- Submission --

All papers should be submitted in ECAI 2012 camera ready format for
publication in the symposium proceedings. The maximum length of papers
should not exceed 5 pages in the case of research and experience papers,
and 2 pages in the case of position papers (including figures,
bibliography and appendices). Submission guidelines must be strictly
followed. Papers should be submitted in PDF using the EasyChair
conference system available at

All workshop participants are required to register for both the workshop
and the main conference. ECAI, is the leading Conference on Artificial
Intelligence in Europe, and is a biennial organization of the European
Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence ECCAI.

-- Workshop Chairs --

João Gama, Manuel Filipe Santos, Nuno Marques, Paulo Cortez and Pedro
Pereira Rodrigues

-- Publicity Chair --

Carlos Abreu Ferreira

Looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier!

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[Comp-neuro] JHU fMRI postdoctoral research fellow/research associate

Contact Info:
Please contact Jay J. Pillai, M.D., Division of Neuroradiology,
Russell H. Morgan Dept. of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns
Hopkins Medical Institutions
E-mail:; phone: (410) 955-5432/614-3020.


The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science
at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is offering a fulltime
position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Research Associate
(commensurate with training and research background) starting July 1,
2012. The expectation is that the annual contract will be renewed for
a total of at least three years. The primary responsibility of the
fellow/research associate will be participation in the design and
implementation of new clinical functional magnetic resonance imaging
paradigms, as well as offline analysis of BOLD, DTI and perfusion
imaging data collected on our Siemens 3T Trio MRI system at the Johns
Hopkins Hospital as part of a comprehensive clinical brain tumor
physiologic MR imaging program. Johns Hopkins Hospital, located in
Baltimore, Maryland, is a major international referral center, and our
clinical fMRI program benefits from referrals from one of the largest
brain tumor centers in the world.

Partly in collaboration with Siemens, software development and
optimization for both clinical and research fMRI will also be
accomplished. The Fellow/Research Associate is expected to be actively
involved in the administration of the paradigms, patient training and
testing, collection of fMRI and DTI data, performance of data quality
control analysis, and prompt offline processing of the data for same
day export to PACS and neuronavigation systems. Paradigm design and
optimization will be performed in conjunction with a team of
experienced neuroradiologists who will also be involved in the
interpretation and postprocessing of the data for delivery of results
to referring neurosurgeons. Our fMRI team includes several
"supertechs" in addition to three neuroradiologists. Experience with
fMRI analysis software packages (particularly AFNI [required],
although additional experience with SPM8 would also be useful) and
MATLAB is essential, and prior fMRI & image processing experience is
an absolute requirement. Strong computer programming skills are highly
desirable as well, particularly in C/C++ or comparable languages. The
successful candidate will hold a Masters or PhD degree in a
neuroscience, functional imaging or computer science related field and
will be able to expand our existing clinical fMRI program by further
developing and optimizing fMRI paradigms on the existing software
platform on our Siemens 3T scanner, which includes an integrated
AFNI-based clinical fMRI package provided by Prism Clinical Imaging.

Excellent opportunities for research related to clinical outcomes,
paradigm development and analysis optimization, and most importantly
clinical validation of techniques, will also be present. The
successful candidate will participate in ongoing funded research
projects related to BOLD cerebrovascular reactivity mapping and
assessment of neurovascular uncoupling, as well as brain plasticity.

Current clinical applications of fMRI and DTI at the Johns Hopkins
Hospital include presurgical mapping of eloquent cortex in patients
with brain tumors and presurgical planning in patients with epilepsy.
Design of a variety of clinically useful sensorimotor, language,
memory and visual activation paradigms suitable for a wide range of
patient functional levels and design of accurate semiautomated fMRI
and DTI processing methods, as well as development and implementation
of sophisticated neurobehavioral testing and monitoring methods, will
be the eventual goals. Collection of normative data during paradigm
development will also be necessary. Additional research opportunities
related to resting state BOLD and functional connectivity MR imaging
in the context of brain tumor imaging will also be present.

The Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer, and encourages applications from qualified women
and minority candidates. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work
in the State of Maryland.
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[Comp-neuro] Deadline approaching --: Auditory Cognition Summerschool; 16-23rd July 2012, Plymouth, UK

>>>> DEADLINE for applications 27 May 2012 <<<<

Auditory Cognition – Listening in the real world

2nd Summer School on Auditory Cognition

16-23rd July 2012, Plymouth, UK

The 2nd EU-Cog sponsored Summer School on Auditory Cognition will be
taking place between July 16th and July 23rd, 2012, in Plymouth, UK. The
summer school is exclusively focused on the topic of "Auditory Cognition
- Listening in the Real World" and will cover a wide range of subjects,
from the basics of auditory perception to higher order cognitive
processes, as well as practical applications and new approaches to
understanding auditory cognition.

The School will be suitable for late-stage Masters and PhD students with
an interest in Auditory Cognition and will consist of a 6-day
educational program (seminars and practical sessions) complemented by
group work projects for the students and a wide range of social

The Summer School will be a combination of both theory and practice,
covering many levels of auditory processing. This will be a fairly
challenging syllabus, introducing topics such as bottom-up processing of
sounds to modern theories of awareness, music cognition, speech
perception and new approaches in cochlear implants. The practical
sessions in the afternoons will allow participants to gain hands-on
experience of some of the techniques and applications discussed during
the seminar sessions. Students will learn to make recordings both in the
field and the lab, run some key experiments and be introduced to the
body of methodological techniques associated with this field; student's
will also have the opportunity to produce and participate in a sonic-art
performance in Plymouth University's Immersive Vision Theatre.

This year, the teachers and topics to be addressed are:

• Rhodri Cusack: Neural correlates of conscious auditory perception
• Maria Chait: Discovering and representing patterns in sound sequences
• Henkjan Honing: Music cognition
• Annemarie Surlykke: Biosonar: Using sounds to probe the world
• Dick Botteldooren: Environmental acoustics
• Sophie Scott: Neurobiology of speech perception
• Bernhard Laback: New approaches in cochlear implants
• Matt Coombe and Neil Rose: Sound and Space

The deadline for applications is the 27/05/12; successful applicants
will be notified by 10/06/12.

For more information and to make an application, please visit:

For information related to the educational programme and eligibility for
the school please contact Orsolya Szalárdy:

For other enquiries related to accommodation etc. then please contact
Lucy Davies:

Relevant links with further information:

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