Friday, August 31, 2012

[Comp-neuro] 2 PhD positions in spike train analysis and neural network dynamics in Firenze

Two PhD positions up to 55.000 Euro per year
at Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi -- Firenze (Italy)

The deadline is approaching : september 14th


The Phd positions are offered within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network -
'Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies' (NETT) to work at the
Institute of Complex Systems (ISC), CNR, Florence, Italy

Applications are invited for the above posts to work with Dr
Alessandro Torcini and Dr Thomas Kreuz in the Computational
neuroscience group at ISC, Florence. This world leading group combines
theoretical investigations (e.g., on nontrivial collective phenomena
in neuronal populations) with practical applications (e.g., spike
train analysis).

The two positions are on nonlinear dynamics/complex systems with
application to neuroscience, the research lines will be

1. Emergence of collective dynamics in scale-free neuronal networks (ESR14)

2. Measures of spike train synchrony (ESR15)

Gross Salary per annum: 42,028 € (Living Allowance) plus 9,290 -
13,272 € (Mobility Allowance) depending on circumstances

Required titles: MSc in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering
obtained between 14 september 2008 -- 14 september 2012

Applications: The applications should be prepared and send as detailed
on this webpage:

Closing date for both positions: 14 September 2012

Both full-time posts are available from 01 January 2013 and
will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months.

Contact: Dr Thomas Kreuz ( or Dr Alessandro Torcini

More details here:
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[Comp-neuro] PhD position on models of decision making in Bristol

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to let you know about a fully funded 3-year
interdisciplinary PhD studentship on computational models of decision
making at the University of Bristol.

The student will be based in Bristol University's interdisciplinary
centre for research into /Decision Making in an Unstable World
/( The centre currently
has 2 postdoctoral researchers and 4 PhD students, runs a wide variety
of topic focused seminars and workshops, and offers a range of exciting
collaborative opportunities. The research team is located in a
newly-refurbished dedicated space.

Applications are welcomed from UK/EU students who are enthusiastic and
highly-motivated who possess, or will shortly obtain, a first or upper
second class degree, or equivalent, in a numerate subject from across
the Mathematical, Natural and Engineering Sciences (for example
Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics or Physics). Applicants must
demonstrate a strong desire to be part of an interdisciplinary research
team that combines mathematical and computational modelling with
experimental research on humans. Successful applicants will receive an
EPSRC 3-year studentship covering living expenses and fees.

For further information, please visit Informal enquiries are
very welcome and should be made to Dr David Leslie
( <>) or Prof
Iain Gilchrist (
<>). Information about postgraduate
study at the university, including the application procedure, is
available at Please
select 'Mathematics (PhD)' and indicate that that you are responding to
the "Inter-disciplinary decision-making studentship advertisement" in
the Research Details and Funding sections of the form.

We will carry out interviews and hope to appoint to this studentship as
soon as possible.

*The closing date for applications is 9am on the 1^st October 2012.


Best wishes,



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Thursday, August 30, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Two PhD positions available at the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, University of Waterloo

Two fully funded graduate student positions (M(A)Sc/PhD) are available
immediately in the recently established van der Meer lab at the
University of Waterloo, Canada.

Research in the lab centers around the interplay between
decision-making, memory, and planning, which we approach using
synergistic experimental and computational tools. The lab's newly
outfitted space enables the recording of neural activity from 10s to
100s of neurons, from multiple brain sites, as rodents perform flexible
behavioral tasks.

Possible experimental projects include, but are not limited to: (1) the
role of specific spike timing patterns (theta phase precession, replay)
in the acquisition and behavioral expression of place-reward
associations (van der Meer & Redish, J Neurosci 2011; Malhotra et al.
Rev Neurosci 2012) and (2) the relationship between ensemble states in
the hippocampus, ventral striatum, and subsequent behavior (van der Meer
et al. Neuron 2010).

The lab also hosts computational projects that explore related topics in
spiking network simulations (in collaboration with Chris Eliasmith's
group). These may include, for instance, the embedding of a model
hippocampus in a large-scale functional model of the brain to explore
unifying hypotheses about its contributions to learning, memory and
flexible navigation (route planning).

Numerous opportunities for participating in funded, ongoing national and
international collaborations, as well as summer schools, are available.

Depending on background and interests, successful applicants may choose
as their home department Biology, Computer Science, or Systems Design
Engineering, all of which are compatible with the optional Diploma in
Theoretical Neuroscience.

Background in a quantitative discipline is highly desirable; experience
with rat behavior and/or electrophysiology is useful but not required.
To be considered for an interview, please send a cover letter and CV to
Matt van der Meer, Canada Research Chair in Integrative Neuroscience
(mvdm at uwaterloo dot ca). Informal inquiries are of course welcome!

For more information about the lab and the Centre for Theoretical
Neuroscience, see and


Matthijs (Matt) van der Meer

Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Integrative Neuroscience
Department of Biology and Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience
University of Waterloo, Canada

p: (519) 888-4567 x31151 | f: (519) 746-0614 | w:
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[Comp-neuro] Open position - Neuro-robotics group, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

Call for expression of interest in a position within the Neuro-robotics group of The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy 
The successful candidate will work on real-time and neuromorphic artificial models of the human somatosensory system, applied to robotic tactile sensing technologies.

The following optional qualifications will be an added value for the successful applicant:
- PhD in Computer Science, Real-time systems, Robotics and Cognitive Systems, Computational Neuroscience
- Experience in modeling and artificial mimicry of biological systems
- Experience in real-time programming, and in developing experimental and demonstration robotic platforms
- Experience in multi-disciplinary teams involving neuroscientists and roboticists
- Valuable publication record
- Fluency in spoken and written English

The salary and the duration of the position will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
The position will be opened and awarded as soon as a number of qualified expressions of interest will be received. Therefore, immediate feedback by potential candidates is encouraged.

A list of publications representing the research interests of the Neuro-Robotics group is reported at the following web pages:

For additional information, please send a detailed CV to:
Prof. Maria Chiara Carrozza
Dr. Calogero M. Oddo  
Dr. Fabrizio Vecchi  

--   Calogero M. Oddo  PhD BioRobotics  MSc, BSc Electronic Engineering    Assistant Professor of Biomedical Robotics
Neuro-robotics group  The BioRobotics Institute  Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025, Pontedera (PI), Italy  Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy    Member, Nanobiotouch project (  Scientific Secretariat, CA-RoboCom project (    Tel: +39 050 88 3063  Mobile: +39 331 6992273  email:,  Skype: tachipante

[Comp-neuro] Brian 1.4: a spiking neural simulator


The 1.4 release of Brian is out!

Brian is a simulator for spiking neural networks available on almost all
platforms. The motivation for this project is that a simulator should
not only save the time of processors, but also the time of scientists.
Brian is easy to learn and use, highly flexible and easily extensible.
The Brian package itself and simulations using it are all written in the
Python programming language, which is an easy, concise and highly
developed language with many advanced features and development tools,
excellent documentation and a large community of users providing support
and extension packages.

The major change in this version is the addition of a new Synapses
class, which allows modeling everything synaptic: gap junctions,
probabilistic synapses, nonlinear synapses, plasticity, etc. There are
also a number of other new features, bug fixes and improvements.

The web site ( contains installation
instructions and the documentation. Many examples are provided in the
distribution (don't forget to download the file). There is
also a public forum where you can ask any questions:

Brian is being developed by Romain Brette (
and Dan Goodman ( This version also includes
contributions by Bertrand Fontaine, Cyrille Rossant, Victor Benichoux,
Marcel Stimberg and Jonathan Laudanski.

We take advantage of this announcement to inform Brian users that we are
currently discussing the development of Brian 2.0, a rewriting of Brian,
intended to be simpler, faster, and to be able to run on external
devices (e.g. GPU). We will make an announcement on our mailing list
soon, where we will ask for user opinions:

Romain Brette

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

[Comp-neuro] CfP: eTELEMED 2013 || February 24 - March 1, 2013 - Nice, France



Please consider to contribute to and/or forward to the appropriate groups
the following opportunity to submit and publish original scientific results
to eTELEMED 2013.

The submission deadline is September 29, 2012.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended article
versions to one of the IARIA Journals:


============== eTELEMED 2013 | Call for Papers ===============


eTELEMED 2013, The Fifth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine,
and Social Medicine
February 24 - March 1, 2013 - Nice, France

General page:

Call for Papers:

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

Submission page:

Submission deadline: September 29, 2012

Sponsored by IARIA,

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

Print proceedings will be available via Curran Associates, Inc.:

Articles will be archived in the free access ThinkMind Digital Library:

Please note the Poster and Work in Progress options.

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

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

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

eTELEMED 2013 Topics (topics and submission details: see CfP on the site)

eHealth technology and devices

Telemedicine software and devices; Diagnostic/monitoring systems and
devices; Electronic health cards; Home monitoring services and equipment;
Telemedicine equipments; Online instruments supporting independent living;
eHealth telecommunication services; eHealth wireless data communications;
IPTV and/or phone portal clients; Standardised biomarker analysis for
intrinsic linkage to disease outcomes

eHealth data records

eHealth medical records; Reengineering of care plans in electronic format;
Digital imagery and films; Internet imaging localization and archiving;
Personal, adaptive, and content-based image retrieval imaging; Privacy and
accuracy communications of patient records; Secure patient data storage;
Secure communications of patient data; Authenticated access to patient
records; Patient privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs); Robust approaches to
algorithmic modeling of outcomes; Dynamic graphing of individual�s data
trends; Data aggregation technologies; Delivery of information governance
policies; Tools/systems for automatic document metadata tagging; Dataset
harmonization across multiple sites; Standard/symbolic representations of
multiple physiological trends and clinical/life events

eHealth information processing

Web technology in medicine and eHealth; Web-enabled consumer-driven eHealth;
Electronic imagery and visualization frameworks; Color imaging and
multidimensional projections; Imaging interfaces and navigation; Medical
image processing; Video techniques for medical images; Computer vision and
resolution; Rapid evaluation of patient's status; Anticipative processing of
patient's status; Videoconferencing; Telepresence

eHealth systems and communications

Hospital information systems; Internet/intranet services; Surgical systems;
Sensor-based systems; Satellite eHealth communications; Secure data
transmissions; Body-sensor networks; Separation of concerns between domain
problems and technological choices; Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
approaches to maximize translation of clinical evidence; Cross-border
eHealth systems; HealthGrid; Wireless 'flooding' technology providing cheap
e-health platform support to whole towns/cities

eHealth systems and emergency situations

Medical emergencies and communications; Detection emergencies situations;
Medical resource allocation, optimization, and simulation; Real-time
emergency situations management; Security and accuracy of emergency
communications; Geolocalisation and optimization technology services for
emergency fleet vehicles

Telemedicine/eHealth applications

Virtual telemedicine; Mobile eHealth services; Home monitoring and homecare
applications; Wireless homecare; User-generated eHealth care; Personalized
medicine; Wireless telemedicine ; Telehomecare technologies for the elderly;
Automatic detection of infectious diseases

Telemedicine/eHealth services

Clinical telemedicine; Distributed surgery; Telemedicine and telehealth;
Telepathology; Telecardiology; Telerehabilitation; Elderly and impaired
patient services; Remote operational medicine; Remote consulting services;
Telemedicare monitoring; Vital signs monitoring; Computer generated self
care advice; Telemedicine handbag; Workflow approaches to improve healthcare
intervention outcomes; Workflow to improve patient safety, decision support,
and objective measurement of service quality; Support for evidence-driven
integrated care pathways (ICP�s)

Social and financial aspects

Safety in telemedicine; Business models; Cost-benefit studies; Legal and
ethical aspects; On-line payment and reimbursement issues; Ambient Assisted
Living; Shared-care systems for eHealth; Privacy in the eHealth systems;
Multi-lingual eHealth systems; Continuity in eHealth care; System
simulations for business case development and risk reduction; Problem-
independent (generic application) eHealth architecture; 'Lean' e-health
workflows; �Relative risk' dashboards - how the patient's condition 'sits'
within population risk

Classical medicine and eHealth integration

Wide-area integration of eHealth systems; Current eHealth realizations and
projects; Innovation in eHealth; Telemedicine portals; Standardization and
interconnectivity of eHealth systems; Implementation of cross-border eHealth
services; eHealth integration into routine medical practice; Affordable
approaches to e-Health; eHealth acceptance with medical professionals and
patients; Developing countries and eHealth; Distance education for eHealth;
xHR standardization; Impact of �global� integration standards and
interoperability projects (e.g. CDA, IHE/XDS, SNOMED-CT, Continua Healthcare
Alliance, IEEE11073, Common User Interface (CUI)

Preventive eHealth systems

Systematic risk analysis technologies for disease early detection and
prevention; 'Patient path' hubs, mobile devices and/or dedicated home-based
network computers; Information models for evaluation of disease progression
risk/disease processes; Systems supporting quantitative healthcare
(predictive outcomes) modeling; Health risk factor data collation and
multiple longitudinal trend analyses; Support for disease prevention aimed
at healthy individuals; Data aggregation and visualisation technologies for
population-based reporting; 'Risk signature� discovery to indicate optimal
preventative or screening actions; Mapping SNOMED-CT terminologies to
disease model archetypes; Quantitative individualized outcome risk analysis;
Services for longitudinal data analysis/visualisation; Continuous workflow
management across clinic, home and mobile locations

Challenges of large-scale, cost-effective eHealth systems

Integrated technology, social/behavioral and business modelling research for
large-scale deployments; Total operational cost-effectiveness modelling;
Lessons from large-scale telehealth/telecare demonstrators in different
parts of the world; Standardised data collation infrastructures (data
service layers); Impact of grid and service-oriented computing; Roles of
global/international interoperability organisations (e.g. IHE and Continua);
Scaleable multi-data trend management; Robust data collection along the
�patient path� for improved decision support; Delivery of �composite�
process functions (e.g. contributed by multiple vendor systems); Paths to
semantically-harmonised eHealth systems; Semantic interoperability and
openEHR archetypes; Applications of harmonised (standardised) datasets
across multiple sites; Keeping technology simple and affordable

Nurse team applications

ePatient and eNurse tools that are simple to adopt and use; Public eHealth
education & information; Life time health records; Primary care centers and
home monitoring; Monitoring for signs and progression of complications;
eHealth awareness, education and adoption; Mapping to individualized care
plans; Continuous �closed loop� outcomes analysis; Intervention measurement
technologies; Personal target setting

Personalized eHealth

eHealth Systems in Mental Health; Preventive Systems and mobile activity
monitoring; eHealth and life; Fundamentals in eHealth personalization;
Wearable and implantable systems; Micro and nano eHealth sensors;
Diagnostics using biosensors and textiles; Interacting with organic
semiconductors; Personalized eHealth market; Personalized eHealth business
models; Ubiquitous monitoring; Personalized eHealth and classical health
networks; Trends in personalized eHealth; ICT solutions for patient self-

Clinical telemedicine

Stroke (Acute stroke; Thrombolytic therapy; Transient ischemic attacks;
Telestroke); Eplilepsy (Acute management of seizures, Follow-up strategies,
management of complications); ICU (remote intubation, Management of acute
respiratory distress); Cardiaology (EKG interpretation, Tele-Echo,
Management of acute coronary syndromes); Pediatrics (Epilepsy, Cardiology-
echo interpretation, Pediatrics emergencies)

Rural and wilderness eHealth

Rural health and eHealth programs; Rural medical practice; Healthcare
challenges in rural areas; Provincial standards of emergency care;
Diagnosing in rural areas; Wilderness emergency medicine; Developing and
nurturing online communities for health; Rural self-health care

Environmental and travel telemedicine

Disease control and prevention; Geo-medical surveillance; Travel health-
related products, drugs and vaccines; Altitude medicine; Oceanic medicine;
Continuous monitoring of travelers' health; Self-health care

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[Comp-neuro] ***SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED*** - Cognitive Computation CfP for SI: Celebrating the legacy of the late Professor John G Taylor


*** Submission Deadline Extended to October 1st, 2012*** 

Cognitive Computation - Celebrating
the legacy of the late Professor John G Taylor

////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////////////


The scope of the special issue is to celebrate the work of the late Professor John G Taylor. Professor Taylor began his career in 1956 as a theoretical physicist and has contributed many seminal papers and books to high energy physics, black holes, quantum gravity and string theory. He held positions in leading Universities in the UK, USA and Europe in physics and mathematics. He created the Centre for Neural Networks at King's College, London, in 1990, and is still its Director. He was appointed Emeritus  Professor of Mathematics of London University in 1996. He was Guest Scientist at the Research Centre in Juelich,  Germany, 1996-8, working on brain imaging and data analysis. He has acted as consultant in Neural Networks to several companies. He is the Director of Research on Global Bond products and Tactical Asset Allocation for a financial investment company involved in time series prediction. He is presently European Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neural Networks and was President of the International Neural Network Society (1995) and the European Neural Network Society (1993/4). Since 2009, he is founding Chair of the Advisory Editorial Board for the  journal Cognitive Computation.


Prof. Taylor worked in the field of Neural Networks since 1969. He has contributed ever since to all aspects of neural

networks and cognitive computation including their applications to finance and robotics.


Specifically, research topics Prof. Taylor contributed to include but are not limited to:

-- Noisy nets, synapses and the pRAM chip

-- Dynamics of learning processes

-- Mathematical analysis of neural networks and their hardware implementations

-- Neural network models of perception, attention, learning and memory, decision making, motor control, cognitive control, observational learning, emotions, thinking, reasoning, conceptualization, knowledge representation, language and consciousness

-- Neural network applications to finance, robotics and brain imaging


The issue will consider original research articles, review articles, letters and commentaries from former and current students, junior and senior colleagues of Professor Taylor. All submitted articles should clearly state in what way their work is based on Prof. Taylor's previous research and how it extends it.


The reviewing process will be supervised by guest Editors (Vassilis Cutsuridis and Amir Hussain), together with the editorial Board of the Cognitive Computation journal.


Deadlines are as follows:

-- Submission deadline: October 1, 2012

-- Review deadline: December 1, 2012

-- Author notification: December 2, 2012

-- Author's response: February 1, 2013

-- Publication by journal: ~April, 2013

Electronic submissions for the Cognitive Computation journal can be found under

Please indicate in your cover letter that your article is for the special issue "Celebrating the work of the late Prof. John G Taylor".

Kind regards,
Vassilis Cutsuridis and Amir Hussain

[Comp-neuro] CfP: ACHI 2013 || February 24 - March 1, 2013 - Nice, France



Please consider to contribute to and/or forward to the appropriate groups the following opportunity to submit and publish original scientific results to ACHI 2013.

The submission deadline is September 29, 2012.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended article versions to one of the IARIA Journals:


============== ACHI 2013 | Call for Papers ===============


ACHI 2013, The Sixth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions
February 24 - March 1, 2013 - Nice, France

General page:

Call for Papers:

- regular papers

- short papers (work in progress)

- posters

Submission page:

Submission deadline: September 29, 2012

Sponsored by IARIA,

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

Print proceedings will be available via Curran Associates, Inc.:

Articles will be archived in the free access ThinkMind Digital Library:

Please note the Poster and Work in Progress options.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.
All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions, in terms of Regular papers, Posters, Work in progress, Technical/marketing/business presentations, Demos, Tutorials, and Panels.

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

ACHI 2013 Topics (topics and submission details: see CfP on the site)

INTER: Interfaces

Graphical user interfaces; Intelligent user interfaces; Adaptive user interfaces; Multi-modal user interfaces; Context-based interfaces; Virtual reality and 3D interfaces; Speech and natural language interfaces; Interfaces for collaborative systems; Interfaces for restricted environments; Internationalization and reflections of culture on interface design; Interfaces for disadvantaged users; Interface specification and design; Interface prototyping; Interface testing; Interface evaluation; Interface generators and other tools for developing interfaces; Data visualization; Visualization techniques; Interactive visualization

OUI: Organic user interfaces

Interface-oriented materials and devices; Physical and digital representation; Sensing and display technologies; Rollable and foldable displays with tactile properties; Skin-based input; Analog input interaction design; Flexible display technologies; Functional-based display forms; Flexible-computing and curve computer interactions; 3D continuous display interfaces

HAPTIC: Haptic interfaces

Fundamental of haptic interactions; Tangible user interfaces; Bidirectional information flow ; Haptography; Haptic feedback and control; Bodyware (embedded sensors; flexible structures, associative memories, actuation and power systems); Magnetic levitation haptic interfaces; Kinetic motion-based interaction; Kinetic motion and haptic design; Mindware (learning, adaptation, head-hand coordination, bimanual coordination; discovering affordance, interaction and imitation); Language of motion / Gesture annotation; Interfaces with kinetic properties; Sensor actuator design, development and evaluation; Linear haptic display; Fingertip haptic display; Pen based force display; High bandwidth force display; Quality of experience model for haptic interactions; Haptics rendering;

SYSTEMS: Interactive systems

Highly interactive systems; Intelligent agents and systems; Adaptive systems; Context-aware systems; Multi-user multi-interface systems; Collaborative systems; Computer-supported cooperative work; Distributed information spaces; Communicators and advisory systems; Interaction through wireless communication networks

DEVICES: Interaction devices

General input and output devices; Virtual reality input and output devices; Interaction devices for immersive environments; Shareable devices and services; Mobile devices and services; Pervasive devices and services; Small displays; Very large displays; Tangible user interfaces; Wearable computing; Interaction devices for disadvantaged users; Interaction devices for computer games

DESIGN & EVAL: Interaction & interface design & evaluation

Interface metaphors; Interaction styles; Interaction paradigms; Requirements specification methods and tools; Analysis methods and tools; Design methods and tools; Evaluation paradigms; Evaluation methods and tools; Evaluation frameworks; Scenarios; Task analysis; Conceptual design; Physical design; Information architecture; Information design for websites; Guidelines and heuristics; Experience design; Environmental design; Ethnography; Contextual design; Service design;

MODELS: Principles, theories, and models

Cognitive models; Conceptual models; Mental models; Frameworks for cognition; Model-based design of interactive systems; Formal methods in human-computer interaction

USER: User modeling and user focus

Usability and user experience goals; User testing; User modeling; User profiling; Predictive models (e.g., for user delay prediction); Human perceptible thresholds; User support systems; Psychological foundations for designing interactive system; Human information processing; Digital human modeling; Engineering psychology; Ergonomics; Hearing and haptics; Affective computing

PARADIGMS: Traditional and emerging paradigms

Interaction paradigms; Mobile computing; Wearable computing; Location-aware computing; Context-aware computing; Ubiquitous computing; Pervasive computing; Transparent computing; Attentive environments; Virtual reality; Augmented reality and tangible bits; Immersive environments; Human-based computation; Visual languages and environments; End-user programming; Hypermedia advances and applications; New visions of human-computer interaction

ACCESS: Usability and universal accessibility

Interaction and interface design for people with disabilities; Interaction and interface design for the young and the elderly; Universal access and usability; Usability engineering; Usability testing and evaluation; Usability and internationalization

HUM-ROBOTS: Human-robot interaction

Fundamentals of human-robot cooperation; Cognitive models of human-robot interaction; Adaptable autonomy and knowledge exchange; Autonomy and trust; Awareness and monitoring of humans; Task allocation and coordination; Human guided robot learning; User evaluations of robot performance; Metrics for human-robot interaction; Long-term interaction robotics; Health and personal care robotics; Social Robotics; Multi-modal human-robot communication; Robot intermediaries; Experiments and applications

HUM- AGENTS: Agents and human interaction

Principles of agent-to-human interaction; Models for human-agent interaction; Social persuasion in human-agent interaction; Designing for human-agent interaction; Socially intelligent agents and the human in the loop; Agents for human-human interaction; Agent-based human-computer-interaction; Human cooperation and agent-based interaction; Human interaction with autonomous agents Agent-based human-robot interaction; Human and artificial agents emotional interaction

SOCIAL: Social aspects of human-computer interaction

Societal implications of human-computer interactions; Social computing and software Online communities Weblogs and other community building tools Online support for discovery and creativity; Tool support for discovery and innovation Expressive and attentive interfaces and environments Affective aspects of human-computer interaction Emotional design

GAMES: Computer games and gaming

Computer game technology; Computer game engineering; Foundations of computer game design and development; Development processes and supporting tools; Management aspects of computer game development; Architectures and frameworks for computer games; Game-based training and simulation; Serious games; Multi-user games; Online games; Online gaming; Game theories; Audio, video and text in digital games; New computer games and case studies; Performance improvements in computer games; Social impact of games and gaming

EDUCATION: Human-computer interaction in education and training

Interactive systems for education and training; Online and communications support for education and training; Interfaces, interactions and systems for distance education; Software tools for courseware development and delivery; Collaborative systems for teaching, studying and learning; Handheld mobile devices for education and training; Advisory and recommendation systems Techniques and tools for information localization, retrieval & storage; Web annotation systems; Case studies and applications

MED APPS: Applications in medicine

Interactive systems for medical applications; Interactive systems for telemedicine; Interactive systems for telehealth; Interactive systems for telepathology; Interactive systems for telecardiology; Interactive systems for telesurgery; Interactive personal medical devices; Digital imagery and visualization frameworks; Role of colors and color imaging in medicine; Multidimensional projections with application to medicine; Data mining and image retrieval techniques for medical applications; Imaging interfaces and navigation; Internet imaging localization, retrieval and archiving; Video techniques for medical images; Internet support for remote medicine; Computer-controlled communications for medical applications; Medical informatics; Software and devices for patient monitoring; Interactive software for therapy and recovery

TELECONF: Teleconferencing

Fundamentals for teleconferencing; Platforms for teleconferencing; Devices for teleconferencing; Videoconferencing, Web Conferencing; Performance in teleconference applications; Real-time aspects in teleconferencing; Privacy and security in teleconference applications; QoS/SLA for teleconferencing applications; Teleconferencing services; Business models for teleconferencing

APPLICATIONS: Other domain applications

Interactive interfaces and systems for scientific applications; Interactive interfaces and systems for engineering applications; Interactive interfaces and systems for business applications; Interactive interfaces and systems for activities in arts & humanities; Interactive interfaces and systems for scientific research; Other applications of interactive interfaces and systems

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Monday, August 27, 2012

[Comp-neuro] CFP: International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology (SOCIETY 2013)

International Conference on
Social Intelligence and Technology 2013

(SOCIETY 2013)

May 8 – 10, 2013, State College, Pennsylvania, USA


In cooperation with ACM SIGART

Technical co-sponsorship with IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics  

Co-sponsorship with International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA)

Theme: Computing towards Social Intelligence

Keynote Speakers

Jiawei Han, Abel Bliss Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Rong Yan, Research Scientist, Facebook, USA




The International Conference on Social Intelligence and Technology (SOCIETY) is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers, scientists, and practitioners from diverse fields, such as cognitive science, computing, engineering, information science, social science, psychology, sustainability science, economics, business, human-coupled complex systems, human factors, behavior modeling, neural science, linguistics, security, criminal intelligence, health, public policy, to come together to share and present their innovative work in the social context.   Social intelligence and technology explores the roles of information/internet/mobile technology in improving our understanding about human behaviors and social interaction in human society from the perspective of individual level, interpersonal level, and community level, building a sustainable social environment, developing social intelligence, as well as their practical applications that have major impacts in solving societal problems such as health, security, energy, environment, and enhancing the sustainability of our society.

The topics of the conference are organized around the following Computing/Informatics topics and Impact/Application areas, but are not limited to:

Computing/Informatics Topics

      Data mining/Text mining/Web mining

         Deception detection       

         Expert identification

         Multi-agent systems       

         Opinion aggregation and mining


         Recommendation systems           

         Sentiment modeling and analysis

         Social media searching and mining            

         Social network analysis and mining

          Social media analytics

         Community discovery     

         Group formation and detection  

         Influence analysis            

         Information and innovation diffusion     

         Role identification           

         Social network evolution              

         Survival analysis

         Temporal analysis           

         Viral analysis

         Social marketing 

         Social games

          Social sustainability

         Cloud-enabled large-scale simulation

         Complex systems modeling

         Ecological management

         Economic systems

         Environmental Engineering

         Physical, mental and social well-being

         Social and human resources

         Social capital

         Social conviviality

         Social dynamics

         Social equality

         Social vulnerability analysis

         Sustainable social development

          Social behavior and human factors

         Coupled human-natural systems

         Economic impact and issues

         Empirical studies              

         Ethnographic studies

         Human behavioral modeling

         Human computer interaction


         Metrics and evaluation

         Social cultural issues

         Social-technical studies

         Organizational issues

         Online community


    Impact/Application Areas

          Economic and social informatics

         Behavior economics

         Economic competitiveness

         Economic forecasting

         Economic monitoring

         Group decision making

         Heritage preservation

         Legal and public policy issues

         Social identity

          Health informatics

         Disease modeling and control

         Emotional analysis

         Health intervention

         Health systems

         Mobile and sensor networks

         Pharmaceutics safety signal detection

         Public health and epidemiology

         Social support of e-patients

         Security informatics

         Crowd sourcing

         Dark web

         Emergency response

         Emerging event detection

         Extreme events management

         Geographical data mining

         Policy and decision making support

         Political campaigns

         Privacy and risk 

         Trust networks



Important Dates:

Submission deadline:                          January 4, 2013

Acceptance Notification:                    February 25, 2013

Camera-ready manuscript due:        March 4, 2013

Conference Dates:                              May 8 - 10, 2013


The best papers will be invited for submission to the special issue on "Social Intelligence and Technology" in IEEE Intelligent Systems. 



Conference Organizers

Honorary co-chairs:
Jack Carroll, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Jiawei Han, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
John Skvoretz, University of South Florida, USA

General co-chairs:
John Yen, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Christopher C. Yang, Drexel University, USA
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Program co-chairs:
Prasenjit Mitra, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Lina Zhou, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Uffe Wiil, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Panel chair:
Madhu Reddy, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Doctoral Consortium Chair:
Wai-Tat Fu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Kayo Fujimoto, University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston, USA

Tutorial co-chairs:
Pengzhu Zhang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Bo Xiao, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Demo co-chairs:
Wenji Mao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Li Chen, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Local Arrangement Chair:
Jim Jansen, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Registration Chair:
Kristene Unsworth, Drexel University, USA

Publicity Chair:

Jie Zhang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Lee Giles, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Web Chair:
Anna Squicciarina, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Financial Support Chair:
Min Song, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Heng Xu, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publication Chair:
Jason Li, Drexel University, USA

Advisory Board:

David Hall, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Noshir S. Contractor, Northwestern University, USA
Jiawei Han, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Feiyue Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Kathleen M. Carley, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Michelle Zhou, IBM Almaden, USA
Rong Yan, Facebook
Jack Carroll, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Hsinchun Chen, University of Arizona, USA (pending)

[Comp-neuro] CFP: MLINI-2012:  2nd  Workshop on Machine Learning and Inference in Neuroimaging at NIPS-2012

Call for Papers  

MLINI-2012:  2nd  Workshop on
Machine Learning and Inference in Neuroimaging at NIPS-2012

December 7-8, 2012, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States

Submission deadline: October 1st, 2012
Workshop Overview:

MLINI is a two day workshop on the topic of machine learning approaches in neuroscience and neuroimaging. We believe that both machine learning and neuroimaging can learn from each other as the two communities overlap and enter an intense exchange of ideas and research questions. Methodological developments in machine learning spurn novel paradigms in neuroimaging, while neuroscience motivates methodological advances in computational analysis. In this context many controversies and open questions exist. The goal of the workshop is to pinpoint these issues, sketch future directions, and tackle open questions in the light of novel methodology.

The first workshop of this series at NIPS 2011 built upon earlier events in 2006 and 2008. Last year's workshop included many invited speakers, and was centered around two panel discussions, during which 2 questions were discussed: the interpretability of machine learning findings, and the shift of paradigms in the neuroscience community. The discussion was inspiring, and made clear, that there is a tremendous amount the two communities can learn from each other benefiting from communication across the disciplines.  The aim of the 2nd MLINI workshop is to continue exploring important  issues on the intersection of ML and neuroimaging and further promote cross-fertilization between   these communities. Besides interpretation, and the shift of paradigms, many open questions remain. Among them:  

  • How suitable are MVPA and inference methods for brain mapping? 
  • How can we use these approaches for a flexible and useful representation of neuroimaging data? 
  • What is the role of decoding vs. embedded or separate feature selection? 
  • How can we assess the specificity and sensitivity? 
  • What can we accomplish with generative vs. discriminative modelling? 
  • Can and should the Machine Learning community provide a standard repertoire of methods for the Neuroimaging community to use (e.g. in choosing a classifier)?

Workshop Format:

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

The workshop will be structured around the following main topics:
    - machine learning and pattern analysis methodology in neuroimaging
    - causal inference and interpretability in neuroimaging
    - evaluation of machine learning  methods  in light of clinical applications
    - linking machine learning methodology with neuroscience or neuroimaging questions
Each session will be opened by 2-3 invited talks, and an in depth discussion. This will be followed by original contributions. Original contributions will also be presented and discussed during a poster session. The workshop will end with a panel discussion, during which we will address specific questions, and invited speakers will open each segment with a brief presentation of their opinion.

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

Paper Submission:
We seek for submission of original (previously unpublished) research papers. The length of the submitted papers should not exceed 8 pages in 
Springer format,  excluding the references (LaTeX2e style  files are available on the workshop page).
Submission of previously published work is possible as well, but the authors are required to mention this explicitly. Previously published work can be presented at the workshop, but will not be included into the workshop proceedings (which are considered peer-reviewed publications of novel contributions).  Moreover, the authors are welcome to present their novel work but choose to opt out of the workshop proceedings in case they have alternative publication plans. 
Important dates:
-  October 1, 2012 - paper submission
-  October 15, 2012  -  notification of acceptance/rejection
-  December 7-8, 2012 -  Workshop in Lake Tahoe, Nevada US, following the 
NIPS conference

Invited Speakers:
Jack Gallant (UC Berkeley)
Bertrand Thirion (INRIA, Neurospin)
Jean-Baptiste Poline (Neurospin)
Mert Sabuncu (MGH, Harvard Medical School)

        (more to be confirmed)

Organizing Committee:
Guillermo Cecchi (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
Kai-min Kevin Chang (Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University)

Moritz Grosse-Wentrup (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen, Germany)
Georg Langs (Medical University of Vienna, CSAIL, MIT)
Bjoern Menze (ETH Zuerich, CSAIL, MIT)
Brian Murphy (Machine Learning Department, Carngie Mellon University)
Irina Rish (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)