Sunday, September 30, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral associate at the University of Houston

We are looking for a postdoctoral associate with a background in applied mathematics 
and/or theoretical biology. The successful applicant will work with  Dr. Josić and Dr. Ott 
at the University of Houston and Dr. Bennett at Rice University to examine information 
processing and the impact of delay in biological networks.

This position is expected to run January 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 with the 
possibility of an extension.

Interested applicants can apply online at, by searching for
posting 000566 (Researcher/Natural and Physical Sciences in the Department
of Mathematics).  The University of Houston is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer.  Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should also contact Krešimir Josić <> and/or 
Will Ott <>

** Krešimir Josić
** Department of Mathematics
** University of Houston
** Houston, TX 77204-3008
** fax: (713) 743-3505

Saturday, September 29, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Call for Participation: IROS 2012 Workshop on Optimality principles and adaptation in humanoid robotics control

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in the IROS 2012 workshop on

* Optimality principles and adaptation in humanoid robotics control *

To be held on Sunday, October 7th in Vilamoura, Portugal. The schedule as well the full program are available at:

We look forward to seeing you in Vilamoura!

Serena Ivaldi
Bastien Berret
Francesco Nori
Olivier Sigaud

--------------- Program overview ---------------

Stephen Scott
Putting Sensory back into Voluntary Motor Control

David Franklin
Adaptive feedforward and feedback strategies in sensorimotor control

Etienne Burdet
A theory of interactive motor behaviors

Alexander Terekhov
Can we learn what the brain optimizes?

Evangelous Theodorou
Robustness of optimal control predictions to robotic and neuromuscular control

Jan Babic
Robot skill synthesis through human sensorimotor learning

Katja Mombaur
Identifying optimality principles in human locomotion for humanoid robots

Jean-Paul Laumond
The geometric dimensions of action

Mike Mistry
Exploiting Redundancy to Optimize the Task Space

Sethu Vijayakumar
Optimality in Compliant Actuation: Theory and Practice

Jan Peters 
Machine Learning of Motor Skills for Robotics

Martin Butz
How Do We Interact With Objects: Optimal Control or Weighted Integration of Multiple Biases?

Serena Ivaldi, PhD
Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Pyramide - T55/65 CC 173
4 Place Jussieu - 75005 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 27 96 23

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[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience in Norway


Would you like to pursue exciting research in computational neuroscience? Then you should consider applying for a full-time limited-term position as postdoctoral researcher (code 1352) in the Computational Neuroscience Group at the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) at Aas, just outside Oslo, the capital of Norway. The position is a part of, and financed by, the research project "Multiscale physics on the computer: A Norwegian network". This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and involves collaboration with physicists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and the University of Oslo on developing computational physics in Norway. The position is limited to three years and expected starting date is early winter 2013.

In the research project you will use a biophysical computational modeling scheme to investigate the neural origin of electrical brain signals recorded from humans such as the local field potential (LFP), EEG, and MEG. Results from these calculations will be used to develop novel physics-based analysis methods for human LFP recordings provided by the collaborating labs of Dr. Sydney Cash at Harvard-MGH in Boston and professor Eric Halgren at UCSD in San Diego. The calculations will involve detailed models of human nerve cells with anatomically reconstructed dendritic morphologies and use of the NEURON simulator ( within our LFPy Python package ( For an example of such modeling, see Linden et al., Neuron 72, 859-872 (2011).

The computational neuroscience group at UMB presently consists of four permanent faculty members (Einevoll, Plesser, Wyller, Indahl), four post-docs, five PhD-students and a scientific software developer. We are co-localized and closely interacting with other computational biologists on campus who focus on modeling of heart function and the genotype-phenotype link, and we are also host of the Research School in Systems Biology. As a member of the NEST Initiative, we are strongly involved in developing leading-edge simulation software. We enjoy access to the Norwegian national scientific high-performance computing resources ( For information on our group, see As part of the overall research project, our group will organize a national course in computational neuroscience, and you are expected to contribute in the preparation and teaching of this course.

To qualify for the position, you must have a PhD in either computational neuroscience or physics with a significant theoretical/computational component. Documented skills in implementation of scientific software, preferably in Python, are essential for the position. Experience in neuroscience is considered an asset. Women are currently underrepresented in our group and are especially encouraged to apply. If two or more applicants are considered to be equally qualified for the position, and at least one of them is a woman, the woman will be employed. The position is financed through the research project "Multiscale physics on the computer: A Norwegian network" funded by the Research Council of Norway and is limited to three years. Start date is as early as possible. The contract period will be extended in case of parental leave. Starting salary is at state salary level 57 (currently NOK 468.400). A higher starting salary is negotiable for applicants with significant relevant job experience, up to state salary level 60 (currently NOK 493.900).

Please submit your application via the webpage (use link "Apply for this job" on top of this web page) by October 28th, 2012. Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Your most relevant (up to five) publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. All applications will be reviewed by a scientific evaluation committee. The committee's report and recommendation will be made available to all applicants before selected applicants will be invited for trial lectures and interviews.

Please contact Professor Gaute T. Einevoll ( for further information.

Gaute T. Einevoll
Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 1432 Aas, Norway
ph. +47-64965433, mobile: +47-95124536
email:, web:,
private address: Utsiktsveien 22A, 1369 Stabekk, Norway

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

[Comp-neuro] 2 x Cognitive Engineering R&D Positions, Tasmania, Australia


The Intelligent Sensing and Systems Laboratory (ISSL) of the CSIRO ICT Centre in Tasmania conducts
research in three key science areas – sensor informatics, digital analytics and cognitive engineering. This
research is directed at a number of application domains including aquaculture, natural resource
management, environmental informatics, demand-side energy management, and government and
commercial services.

We are seeking to appoint two Research Scientists/Senior Research Scientists with a good track record in
research and development in cognitive engineering or related areas. Cognitive engineering includes the
use of theories and methods from cognitive science to inform engineering practice, and the use of
engineering theories, methods and techniques to investigate, understand and augment human
cognition. Cognitive engineering includes user-centred design of human-machine interaction, the design
of information technology based upon human cognitive capacities and functionality, human factors, and
knowledge elicitation, modelling and representation.

The successful applicants will work in multidisciplinary teams developing applications based upon an
infrastructure integrating sensor data networks and digital analytics. The cognitive engineering role will
involve conduct and leadership of user-driven and participatory design, knowledge acquisition and
engineering, and quantitative, empirical evaluation of system effectiveness. We have an interest in
extending cognitive engineering methods into the emerging area of experience design, and the positions
will include the development and operation of a cognitive engineering laboratory equipped with eye
gaze tracking and psychophysiological measurement technologies (e.g. EEG, GSR, EMG, and ECG).



Please forward this notice on to anyone who may be interested, and my apologies if you are NOT interested!

Prof. Craig Lindley
Research Director
Intelligent Sensing and Systems Laboratory
Castray Esplanade, HOBART  TAS 7001
Ph: +61(0)3 6232 5552

[Comp-neuro] Research Position in Computational Neuroscience (Basal Ganglia Models)

Research Position in Computational Neuroscience (Basal Ganglia Models)

The position is available at Chemnitz University of Technology in the Department of Computer Science. We preferably seek for a PostDoc, but PhD students might also be considered. The position is for three years, starting as soon as possible. Interviewing at the next SfN meeting in New Orleans is possible.

The research position is funded from a German-Japanese Grant (DFG) in Computational Neuroscience and focuses on the function and role of Basal Ganglia pathways. We collaborate with Atsushi Nambu (National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan) who will do recordings in monkey Basal Ganglia and with Andrea Kühn (Charité Berlin, Germany) who will collect patient data relevant to Basal Ganglia dysfunction.

The goal in our project is to elucidate the role and function of Basal Ganglia pathways by developing a detailed model of basal ganglia with respect to neural spiking dynamics, anatomical connectivity within and in between basal ganglia nuclei, as well as neural plasticity. Please see references to previous work of more abstract, functional models of Basal Ganglia pathways below. The work will include a strong interaction with our partners Atsushi Nambu and with Andrea Kühn. The ideal candidate should have prior experience in computational neuroscience and sufficient programming experience.

The salary is according to German standards (E 13 TV-L), PhD (E 13 TV-L, 50%). The university is an equal opportunity employer. Women are encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will receive priority in case they have equal qualifications. Chemnitz is the third-largest city of the state of Saxony and close to scenic mountains. Major cities nearby are Leipzig and Dresden with a rich tradition of music and culture.

Applications should be sent by email (preferably in PDF format) to ( as soon as possible. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Previous work on Basal Ganglia:
Schroll, H, Vitay, J, Hamker, F.H. (2012) Working memory and response selection: A computational account of interactions among cortico-basal ganglio-thalamic loops. Neural Networks, 26:59-74.
Vitay, J., Hamker, F. H. (2010) A computational model of the influence of basal ganglia on memory retrieval in rewarded visual memory tasks. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, Volume 4, Article 13.

Prof. Dr. Fred H Hamker
Artificial Intelligence & Neuro Cognitive Systems
Department of Computer Science
Chemnitz University of Technology
Strasse der Nationen 62 
D - 09107 Chemnitz

Tel: +49 (0)371 531-37875
Fax: +49 (0)371 531-25739

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Computational Neuroscience Social at SfN 2012

Dear Friends, dear Colleagues,


Join us for the increasingly popular Computational Neuroscience Social at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting!


Information on computational neuroscience conferences, summer schools, publications, and web resources will be provided, but mainly we will just socialize and network and enjoy each other's company in an informal setting.


Everybody is welcome!


Special guests:


L. F. Abbott, K. T. Blackwell, G. T. Einevoll, K. D. Harris, P. E. Latham, H. Markram, A. Prinz, E. de Schutter, F. K. Skinner, A. J. Yu


Time:                     Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:45 PM-8:45 PM


Location:                Hilton Riverside: Versailles, New Orleans


Hope to see you all at the social!





Dr. Hermann Cuntz

Institute of Clinical Neuroanatomy, Goethe-University

Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, D-60590 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Tel. ++49 (0) 69 / 6301 – 87127




[Comp-neuro] PhD positions in Computational Neuroscience

PhD-Positions in Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program "EuroSPIN" (European Study
Programme in Neuroinformatics) is inviting applications from students
having a solid background in mathematics, physics, computer sciences,
biochemistry or neuroscience (on a master level or equivalent), in all
cases with computer science skills. Documented interest in research like
activities (e.g. demonstrated in the form of master thesis work, or
participation in research related activities) is of large importance. Also
fluency in English is requested.

Four partners participate:

Bernstein Center Freiburg, Germany
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
National Centre for Biological Science, India
University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK

They are all research leaders in the Neuroinformatics field, but they have
complementary strengths.

Each student will spend most of the time at two of the partner
universities, and also receive a joint (or double) PhD degree following a
successful completion of the studies. The mobility periods, as well as the
courses a student will follow, are tailored individually based on: a) the
PhD students background; b) which constellations of partners that are
involved, as well as c) the specific research project. During the PhD
period each student has one main supervisor from each of the two
universities that grant the PhD degree.

There are excellent scholarship opportunities for students accepted to an
Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme. An employment contract will be
given to all selected PhD students during the study time, which is 4

If you are interested, go to our webpage:
Deadline for Application (both EU and non-EU students): 30 Nov 2012.

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[Comp-neuro] Two postdoctoral positions open on motion integration by V1 population


Marseille (France)
Starting date
oct-dec 2012
2 years (1+1)
Net salary
ranges between ~1,800 Euros and 2,400 Euros per month, commensurate with experience.


Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions at the "Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone" (team "Inference and Visual Behavior"), CNRS, Marseille (France) to study object motion integration and representation at the level of V1 populations:

  • One in physiology, with Frederic Chavane, will focus on the role of propagation and diffusion of activity at the level of neuronal population in V1 of awake monkeys (using Voltage-sensitive dye imaging and UTAH array recording). The applicant must have a PhD in Neuroscience and a strong background in programming (Matlab, Python). Experience in behaving animals or prior experience in visual physiology will be an advantage but is not mandatory.
  • The second in modeling, with Laurent Perrinet, will implement anisotropic diffusive processes, such as observed in V1, at the functional and neural levels. The applicant must have a PhD, prior experience in modeling and a strong background in mathematics & programming (Python). Experience or interest in visual processing and experimentation will be an advantage but is not mandatory.

The two applications are independent but the successful candidates will be encouraged to work in synergy. Applications should be sent to Frederic Chavane ( ) or Laurent Perrinet ( ), and include a detailed CV including publication list, a brief statement about research interests, and contact information for 2 references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Informal inquiries can also be made at any time to the same e-mail addresses.


This grant is funded by a large European integrated project called "BrainScales" whose aim is to understand brain information processing at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to interact with a large and exciting consortium composed of 18 europeans teams working in biology, modeling and hardware.

Our team just moved to a new Institute within an entirely renovated building at the medical campus of the Timone with brand-new animal, surgery and experimental facilities along with a high-performance computing cluster. The team is composed of 8 P.I., 7 Ph.D., 7 Post-Docs and 3 clinicians covering a large span of expertise in visual and visuo-motor processing, using psychophysics, neurophysiology and modeling approaches. Importantly, the Institute concentrates one of the largest expertise in behaving monkey in Europe with 8 P.I. working in vision, but also motor control and motivational processes.

Marseille is a major french town by the mediterranean sea with a lively atmosphere and cultural life.

  • Reynaud A., Masson G. S. and Chavane F. Dynamics of Local Input Normalization Result from Balanced Short- and Long-Range Intracortical Interactions in Area V1 Journal of Neuroscience, 2012, 32(36): 12558-12569
  • Reynaud A., Takerkart S, Masson G. S. and Chavane F. Linear model decomposition for voltage-sensitive dye imaging signals: Application in awake behaving monkey. Neuroimage, 2011, 54(2), 1196–1210
  • Perrinet, L. and Masson G. Motion-based prediction is sufficient to solve the aperture problem Neural Computation, 2012
  • Masson G. and Perrinet L. The behavioral receptive field underlying motion integration for primate tracking eye movements Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2012.


    Laurent Perrinet INT (UMR 7289) / CNRS - Aix-Marseille University

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    [Comp-neuro] Last Mile submission, October 1st || ICONS 2013 || January 27 - February 1, 2013 - Seville, Spain



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

    The submission deadline has been extended to October 1st, 2012.

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


    ============== ICONS 2013 | Call for Papers ===============


    ICONS 2013, The Eighth International Conference on Systems

    January 27 - February 1, 2013 - Seville, Spain

    General page:

    Call for Papers:

    - regular papers

    - short papers (work in progress)

    - posters

    Submission page:

    Submission deadline: October 1st, 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:

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

    Systems' Theory and Practice

    Systems design methodologies and techniques; Formal methods to specify systems? behavior; Online and offline
    systems; Open and closed systems; Centralized and distributed systems; Proactive and reactive systems; System
    robustness; Systems scalability; Fault-tolerant systems; Feedback systems; High-speed systems; Delay tolerant
    systems; Real-time systems

    Systems engineering

    Systems requirements; Systems modeling; Systems development lifecycle; System-of-systems; Systems ergonomics;
    Subsystem interactions; Systems decomposition; Systems integration

    System Instrumentation

    Metering embedded sensors; Composing multi-scale measurements; Monitoring instrumentation; Smart sensor-based
    systems; Calibration and self-calibration systems; Instrumentation for prediction systems

    Embedded systems and systems-on-the-chip

    Real-time embedded systems Programming embedded systems; Controlling embedded systems; High speed embedded
    systems; Designing methodologies for embedded systems; Performance on embedded systems; Updating embedded systems;
    Wireless/wired design of systems-on-the-chip; Testing embedded systems; Technologies for systems processors;
    Migration to single-chip systems; Micro/nano structures and systems

    Target-oriented systems [emulation, simulation, prediction, etc.]

    Information systems; Real-time systems; Software systems; Hardware systems; Emulation systems; Simulation
    systems Prediction systems

    Specialized systems [sensor-based, mobile, multimedia, biometrics, etc.]

    Sensor-based systems; Biometrics systems; Mobile and fixed systems; Ubiquitous systems; Nano-technology-based
    systems; Multimedia systems

    Validation systems

    Diagnosis assistance systems; Test systems; Validation systems; Performance measurement systems; Maintenance

    Security and protection systems

    Security systems; Vulnerability detecting systems; Intrusion detection systems Intrusion avoidance systems;
    Presence detection systems; Monitoring systems; Management systems; Alert systems; Defense systems; Emergency

    Advanced systems [expert, tutoring, self-adapting, interactive, etc.]

    Expert systems; Tutoring systems; Highly interactive systems; Anticipative systems; On-demand systems; GRID
    systems; Autonomic systems; Autonomous systems; Self-adapting systems; Adjustable autonomic systems; High
    performance computing systems; Mission critical systems

    Application-oriented systems [content, eHealth, radar, financial, vehicular, etc.]

    Web-cashing systems; Content-distributed systems; Accounting and billing systems; E-Health systems; E-Commerce
    systems; Radar systems; Navigation systems; Systems for measuring physical quantities; Earthquake detection and
    ranking systems; Financial systems; Robotics systems; Vehicular systems; Entertainment systems; Gaming systems;
    Speech recognition system

    Safety in industrial systems

    Fundamentals on system safety; Safety of software systems and software engineering; Safety requirements; Safety
    for critical systems; Engineering for system robustness and reliability; Control of mission critical systems;
    Safety-oriented system design; Human tasks and error models; Hazard analysis; Cost and effectiveness of system
    safety; Verification and validation of safety; Safety tools; Evaluation of safety data, and mitigation and
    prevention strategies; Safety control and management; System Safety Implementation Guidelines and Standards;
    Transferring safety knowledge; Metrics for Risk Assessment; Contingency Planning and Occurrence Reporting;
    Preparedness Activities; Industry specific safety systems (Medical devices, Aerospace, Chemical industry, Nuclear
    power plants, Public health, Biological Safety)

    Complex systems

    Theory of complex systems; Ontologies for complex systems; Chaos and complexity; Design and integrate complex
    systems; Complexity and simulation; Simulation and datamining; Artificial intelligence and soft computing in
    complex systems; Multi-agent based simulation; Systems of systems; Intelligent agent architectures; Evolutionary
    programming; Uncertainty reduction and classification; Monitoring and managing complex systems; Case studies of
    complex systems [vehicular, avionic, health, emergency, sensing, etc.]; Industrial systems [robotics, production,
    accounting and billing, e-commerce, etc.]

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    [Comp-neuro] Fwd: International Symposium "Self-Organization in Complex Systems: The Past, Present, and Future of Synergetics"

    Dear colleagues,

    I would like to turn your attention to the upcoming
    International Symposium

    "Self-Organization in Complex Systems: The Past, Present, and Future of Synergetics"

    on the Occasion of the 85th Birthday of Hermann Haken.

    It takes place at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst (Germany)
    in the period November 13 - 16, 2012. Further information is available on the homepage

    Younger scientists are encouraged to present posters during two sessions.
    There will be a low registration fee for younger scientists, lodging and
    meals will be covered due to support of both the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg
    (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK) and the Volkswagen Foundation.
    The deadline for registration is November 1, 2012.

    Please also inform interested colleagues and students about this event.

    Kind regards,

    Axel Pelster

    Priv.-Doz. Dr. Axel Pelster
    Fachbereich Physik
    Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
    Erwin-Schrödinger-Strasse, Gebäude 46
    67663 Kaiserslautern
    phone: 0049-631 205 2270
    fax: 0049-631 205 3907

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    Monday, September 24, 2012

    [Comp-neuro] Scholarpedia: Brain Corporation $10k Prize in Computational Neuroscience

    Scholarpedia ( and Brain Corporation ( announce a global experiment in scholarship and collaboration.

    The goal is to complete the most comprehensive, open, current , and scholarly resource in computational neuroscience:

    Brain Corporation is offering $10,000 (US) in prizes for writing and publishing the most popular Scholarpedia article in the field of Computational Neuroscience.

    As a Scholarpedia entry, each such article will undergo normal peer-review and publication process. The article must be published in Scholarpedia between October 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013 in order to participate in the contest. All participating articles will be publicly available under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 License. 

    The winning Scholarpedia articles will be determined based on the number of Google +1 votes receive after publication, and the award will be given during the COSYNE'13 meeting.

    In order to reserve an article in Scholarpedia for this competition, students and post-docs will need to team up with established experts on the topic they choose to cover.

    For details on how to participate, please visit:

    [please forward widely; apologies for cross-postings]

    Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich
    Founder and CEO of Brain Corporation, San Diego, California
    Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Scholarpedia -- the peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia.

    [Comp-neuro] CFP 1st NIAC workshop (Neuro-Inspired Accelerators for Computing)

    Apologies if you receive this message multiple times.


    1st International Workshop on NEURO-INSPIRED ACCELERATORS for COMPUTING (NIAC)



    held in conjunction with HiPEAC '13 conference  (

    21-23 January 2013, Berlin, Germany 




    Due to increasingly stringent energy constraints, multi-cores are shifting towards heterogeneous multi-cores, combinations of cores and accelerators. As a result, one of the key micro-architecture issues is to determine what these accelerators should be.

    Two major trends point to hardware neural networks as accelerators with great potential: increasing process variability resulting in multiple defects, and the increasing importance of high-performance applications tolerating approximate results (e.g., recognition and mining applications). Both trends match well the intrinsic robustness capabilities of neural networks. The purpose of this workshop is to stimulate the development and adoption of hardware neural network accelerators in the architecture community.




    - Neuro-inspired architecture design

    - Applications of neuro-inspired architectures

    - Alternative technologies and devices (analog, 3D, memristors, …) for neuro-inspired architectures

    - Programming and compilation techniques for neuro-inspired architectures




    Paper Submission: November 1st, 2012

    Author Notification: November 23, 2012

    Camera-Ready Paper: December 7, 2012




    Short to long contributions are welcome, varying from 4 to 10 pages.

    The articles will be made available online, but no proceedings will be published, so that submission to the workshop is compatible with later submission to conferences and journals.




    Rodolphe Heliot, CEA-LETI, Grenoble, France (

    Olivier Temam, INRIA Saclay Ile-de-France, saclay, France (



    [Comp-neuro] Open Position: Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering (Neuronal Network Modeling and Measurement Signal Analysis)

    About the Employer

    Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland is an active scientific community of 2,000 employees and more than 10,000 students. The University operates in the form of a foundation and has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with other research institutions and business life. Many of the fields of research and study represented at the University play a key role in addressing global challenges. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University’s activities. Welcome to join us at TUT!

    The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a multidisciplinary unit employing novel applications of materials science, electrical engineering and information technology for the benefit of healthcare. Our aim is to develop advanced treatments and diagnostics for the needs of different types of healthcare providers. The department employs seven professors and a staff of roughly 60 people.

    BME coordinates a European Union 7th Framework Programme project “Biomimicking the Brain – towards 3D Neuronal Network Dynamics (3DNeuroN)”. In the project, 3D neuronal cell networks and a corresponding electrophysiological measurement and stimulation system will be created. The project is an international collaborative effort with Institute of Biomedical Technology (IBT), University of Tampere, and groups from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany, and Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany.

    BME and IBT are part of BioMediTech, Tampere, Finland. BioMediTech, a joint institute of TUT and UTA, brings together a powerful mix of multidisciplinary expertise in life sciences and medical technology. Over 250 scientists conduct research and education in the fields of cell and molecular biology, genetics, biomaterials, biosensors, computational systems, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and regenerative medicine.

    This environment provides huge opportunities for an active multidisciplinary researcher.

    Job description

    The selected person will conduct research on modeling the functionality of neuronal cells and networks, and analysis of electrophysiological measurement data. The work may also include planning and conducting associated electrophysiological measurements and other 3DNeuroN tasks of BME. The aim of the work is to yield new knowledge on neuronal network formation and functioning. Thus, the work also contributes towards stem cell based cures for central nervous system disorders and other stem cell based applications. High quality publishing is of foremost priority in this job and project, without forgetting commercial potential.

    Part of the post is allocated to teaching and thesis work instruction. Topics will be determined according to the selected person.


    BME is looking for superior candidates with experience and dedication to pursue leading-edge research in modeling neuronal cells and networks mainly as information processing systems, and in analysis of electrophysiological data. Experience of electrophysiological measurements and Matlab is highly desirable. Experience in image processing is an advantage. Willingness to work full time and in person at BME is also desirable.

    The successful candidate for the position of research fellow (tutkijatohtori) shall be expected to possess an applicable Doctoral degree and the competence to conduct independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required for the position. When a candidate’s qualifications for the position are evaluated, previous experience in studying or working abroad and connections to international research shall be appreciated.

    The applicant shall be expected to excel in English and be able to demonstrate a successful publication record.

    We offer

    BME and BioMediTech, along with our collaborators, offer a unique, multidisciplinary and enthusiastic research environment, in which engineering sciences and cell biological knowledge and know-how unite. BME has a fully equipped state of the art electrophysiology laboratory jointly with IBT. The laboratory facilitates concurrent microelectrode array and patch clamp measurements and phase contrast or fluorescent microscopy, e.g., calcium imaging, of human embryonic stem cell derived neuronal cells and networks. The electrophysiology laboratory is in the immediate vicinity of BME. Should the work call for supercomputing, appropriate resources of Tampere Center for Scientific Computing, and CSC — IT Center for Science Ltd, which provides the most powerful supercomputing environment in Finland, can be utilized. These combined with the leading-edge expertise of the 3DNeuroN partners provide opportunities for personal development and scientific breakthroughs.


    The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Research Fellow is placed on the job demand levels 5-6. In addition, employees receive performance based salary. The starting salary will be determined based on the qualifications of the selected candidate as well as the level of duties agreed upon in final negotiations. The level of the starting salary is expected to be approximately from 3235 euros per month to 3573 euros per month. During the entire project the salary may range up to 4100 euros per month depending on performance. Annual performance evaluations will be conducted according to the TUT evaluation procedures for all research staff.

    Trial period

    Trial period of four (4) months applies.


    The position will be filled for a fixed term period from 15 October 2012 to 31 October 2013, with a potential extension until 31 December 2014. Towards the end of the project, the Research Fellow is expected to actively participate in attracting funding to continue the work.

    TUT reserves the right, for a justified reason, to leave the position open, or to extend the application period.

    Application deadline: October 7, 2012

    For more information, please contact

    Project Coordinator Professor Jari Hyttinen
    tel. +358 40 8490 020

    Project Manager Dr. Jarno M. A. Tanskanen
    tel. +358 40 849 0974

    See also, and

    Please, go to for the official announcement, how to apply, and the online application form.

    --   Dr. Jarno M. A. Tanskanen  Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tampere University of Technology  and  BioMediTech  Finn-Medi 1 L 4, Biokatu 6, FI-33520 Tampere, Finland  Tel. +358 (0)40 849 0974  E-mail:,  URL:

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    [Comp-neuro] Last Mile submission, October 1st || DBKDA 2013 || January 27 - February 1, 2013 - Seville, Spain



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

    The submission deadline has been extended to October 1st, 2012.

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


    ============== DBKDA 2013 | Call for Papers ===============


    DBKDA 2013, The Fifth International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications

    January 27 - February 1, 2013 - Seville, Spain

    General page:

    Call for Papers:

    - regular papers

    - short papers (work in progress)

    - posters

    Submission page:

    Submission deadline: October 1st, 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:

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

    Advances in fundamentals on databases

    Foundations and architectures; Design features (data quality, performance, robustness, scalability, security, privacy, parallel and distributed approaches, mobility, etc.); Data quality, data structures, and data modeling; Advanced indexing methods; Advanced ranking algorithms and uncertainty; Physical organization and performance; Federated choreographies; Temporal conformance; Evolutionary clustering and dynamic hierarchical clustering

    Databases and other domains

    Leading-edge database technology and applications; Heterogeneous databases interoperability and mediation; Databases and Web services; Databases and artificial intelligence; Databases and agents; Advances in database management systems; Advanced transaction and workflow management; Advances on XML and databases

    Databases technologies

    Self-managing databases; Mobile databases; Database access; Embedded databases; Very large scale databases; Spatial and spatio-temporal databases; Data warehousing; Multimedia databases; Semantic databases; Data integration resources on the Internet; Object-oriented databases; Web-based databases; Deductive and active databases

    Databases content processing

    Mining for complex data; Mining for text, video, and pictures; Knowledge discovery and classification; Process mining; Scalable data extraction; Query processing and optimization; Query rewrite rules; Navigational path expressions; Load-balancing in accessing distributed databases; Incompleteness, inconsistency, uncertainty; Storage and replication; Patterns and similarities in data streams; Fast matching; Multiple views

    Knowledge and decision bases

    Knowledge representation and management; Knowledge discovery (business intelligence); Semantic information; Ontology and advanced knowledge search; Heuristics and meta-heuristics; Intelligent knowledge querying; Feature sampling and feature selection; Context-aware knowledge base; Blogs and social relationship search; Deductive reasoning; Reasoning databases; Ontology-based reasoning

    Specifics on application domains databases

    Database applications in Life Sciences; Advanced database applications; Bioinformatics databases; Healthcare databases; Finance and marketing databases; Telecom databases; Geospatial databases; Census databases; Meteorological databases; Business intelligence databases; e-Business databases

    XML-driven data, knowledge, databases

    Data /dissemination, distributed, processing, management/; XML-data /storage, exchange, compress, metadata/; XML-data and metadata management; XML repositories; Knowledge discovery from XML repositories; XML-data processing /queries, indexing, management, retrieval, mining/; XML data and knowledge /representation, discovery, mining, orchestration/; XML-data in advances environments /clouds, P2P, multimedia, mobile, finance, biotechnologies, geospatial, space/; XML-data and process /data warehouse, workflow, web, learning, control/;

    Data privacy

    Privacy models; Privacy metrics; Privacy preservation; Watermarking; Data Hiding; Background knowledge; Privacy /data streams, social networks, databases, semantic web/; Privacy mechanisms /cryptography, privacy-aware access control, generalization-based algorithm, perturbation-based algorithm, preservation, sequental releases/; Practical studies /privacy leaking, privacy breach, threats to privacy, privacy in outsourcing/

    Data quality and uncertainty

    Models, frameworks, methodologies and metrics for data quality; Quality of complex data /documents, semi-structured data, XMLs, multimedia data, graphs, bio-sequences/; Uncertain and noisy data; Uncertain data representation; Processing uncertain data /querying, indexing, mining/; Mining uncertain data/probabilistic, spatially- and temporally- uncertain, uncertain streams/ Data lineage and provenance; Data profiling and measurement; Data integration, linkage and fusion; D uplicate detection and consistency checking; D ata mining and data quality assessment; Quality methods and algorithms / data transformation, reconciliation, consolidation, extraction, cleansing/; User perception on data quality and cleansing;

    Data query, access, mining, and correlation

    Data access technologies, Query optimisation, Discovering multi-modal correlations; Mining structural data from non-structural mixed-media documents; Data stream mining /frequent patterns, bursty event detection/; Profile mining; Corelation and anomaly in multi-modal-data /social networks, web traffic logs, sale transactions/; Information retrieval on a mixed collections; Multimedia data mining; Data mining system for medical multimedia data; Contents-based image/video retrieval systems

    Data and process provenance

    Provenance architectures and algorithms; Provenance modelling; Information management for provenance data; Provenance ontology and semantic; Provenance querying; Provenance annotation; Security, trust, and privacy for provenance information; Case studies and practice; Reasoning over provenance; Provenance analytics, mining and visualization

    Data management

    Distributed Query Languages; Query processing and optimization; Adaptive query processing; Management of mobile data; Managing data privacy and security; Data storage and management; Data stream systems; Data locating; Data warehouse management; Management of dynamic data; Workload adaptability; Transaction management; Performance evaluation and benchmarking or data management

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    [Comp-neuro] Call for Special Sessions: ICeND 2013:: Malaysia

    The Second International Conference on e-Technologies and Networks for Development (ICeND 2013)
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - March 4-6, 2013

    Would like to invite Researchers for:

    Call for Special Sessions: ICeND 2013:: Malaysia

    Researchers are welcome to organize special sessions. Please send your session title, your CV for this purpose to

    Topics of Interest (topics covered will include (but not limited to) the following:

    :: Biometrics Technologies
    :: Computer Forensics
    :: Computer Security
    :: Context-Aware, Location-based and Autonomous Computing
    :: Cryptography and Data Protection
    :: Cloud Computing
    :: Data Mining
    :: Data Compression
    :: Distributed and Parallel Applications
    :: e-Banking
    :: e-Business
    :: e-Commerce
    :: e-Government
    :: e-Learning
    :: e-Logistics
    :: e-Services
    :: e-Payment
    :: e-Procurement
    :: Electronic Auctions
    :: Forensics, Recognition Technologies and Applications
    :: Grid Computing
    :: Green Computing
    :: Image Processing
    :: Internet and Web Applications
    :: Internet Modeling
    :: Information and Data Management
    :: Mobile-Commerce
    :: Multimedia Computing
    :: Semantic Web, Ontologies
    :: Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition and Applications
    :: Web Services and Application
    :: Web Design Experience

    :: Ad hoc and Sensor Networks
    :: Fuzzy and Neural Network Systems
    :: Information Propagation on Social Networks
    :: Mobile Networking, Mobility and Nomadicity
    :: Mobile & Broadband Wireless Internet
    :: Mobile Networks & Wireless LAN
    :: Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Management
    :: Multimedia Networkin! g
    :: Network Security
    :: Social Networks
    :: Wireless Communications

    Submission Instructions and Review Process
    :: The conference will list the session on the web. The session chair will manage the publicity of his session. It is expected that each session will attract 5 registered papers. The session chair will get a free registration for one of his papers.

    :: The submission and the reviewing process for the papers of the session will be managed jointly between the chair and the conference. The chair can take the responsibility of the reviewing with the help of other researchers. However, the conference will get all the reviewing reports at the end.

    :: Potential authors should submit their full paper through: Authors should indicate that their manuscript is being submitted to the Special Issue.

    :: Submit! ted papers must be written in English and describe original research, which is not published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Author guidelines can be found at

    :: All articles selected for publication will be refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees knowledgeable in the topic. At least two reviewers must recommend eventual publication for an article to be accepted.


    Submission Date ------------- Dec. 15, 2012
    Notification of acceptance -- Jan. 1, 2013
    Camera Ready submission ----- Jan. 20, 2013
    Registration ---------------- Jan. 20, 2013
    Conference dates ------------ March 4-6, 2013

    Additional Information

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    [Comp-neuro] Deadline Extension: 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 (extended): October 8, 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)

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    [Comp-neuro] Brain Corporation gets multi-million dollar funding to grow to 40 people

    Brain Corporation receives Series B funding from Qualcomm Ventures and signs a multi-year R&D agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated to develop a spiking model of the motor control system. 

    The funding will allow Brain Corporation to scale up to 40 scientists -- all experts in neuroscience of sensory and motor processing.

    The goal is to create the greatest and the most advance computational neuroscience group under one roof. 

    There are more than 20 research positions for computational neuroscientists who have expertise in modeling cerebellum, basal ganglia, brainstem and spinal cord, internal models of motor control, reinforcement learning, and animal locomotion.

    Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich
    Chairman & CEO
    Brain Corporation
    San Diego, CA,

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    [Comp-neuro] postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience to study sleep oscillations

    Applications are invited for an NIH-funded post-doctoral position to study mechanisms and functions of sleep oscillations. The successful candidate will join a research team involving the laboratories of Eric Halgren (UCSD), Terry Sejnowski (UCSD) and Maxim Bazhenov (UC Riverside).  For relevant references see, Chen et al, Journal of Physiology (London), 2012, Jul 9; Bonjean et al, Journal of Neuroscience, 2012, 32(15):5250-63. The ultimate goal of this work is to understand mechanisms and functions of sleep rhythms during stage 2 sleep and the role of sleep oscillations in memory and learning.


    The successful candidate will be responsible for the design of a thalamocortical model generating sleep rhythms based on existing experimental data. These models will be used to understand underlying neural mechanisms, as well as guide data analysis and produce novel experimental predictions. Qualified applicants are expected to have experience in computational/theoretical neuroscience and conductance-based neural modeling. Programming experience with C/C++ is required. Knowledge of PYTHON or MATLAB is a plus.


    The University of California offers excellent benefits. Salary is based on research experience. The initial appointment is for 1 year with a possibility of extension. Applicants should send a brief statement of research interests, a CV and the names of three references to Maxim Bazhenov at

    --   Maxim Bazhenov, Ph.D.  Professor, Cell Biology and Neuroscience  University of California  Riverside, CA 92521  Ph: 951-827-4370