Monday, June 17, 2013

[Comp-neuro] FINAL Call: International Summer School on Cognitive Computation, Stirling, Scotland, UK, 25-30 Aug 2013

Limited places remaining in the 2013 International Summer School on Cognitive Computation, to be held at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK, from 25-30 August 2013:

The FINAL round of applications will close on Monday, 28 June 2013, and places are limited, so you should act soon if you want to learn about the latest brain-inspired cognitive technologies for engineering the intelligent systems of tomorrow!

The five-day School programme will consist of a set of tutorial-style lectures, all delivered by experts of international standing combined with hands-on practical sessions for constructing and working with the techniques and applications covered in the course material.

Registration fee (without accommodation):
£250 (fee covers all course materials, lunches, coffees and School dinner).

Registration fee including Accommodation: 
Choice of 4-6 nights (£450-£500-£550) full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive) on-Campus accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

Scholarships Available: 
(i) The School sponsor: Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), will cover the £500 registration fee for PhD students in computer science departments of SICSA member Scottish universities (for a full list of SICSA Universities, see: The number of SICSA scholarships is limited and a decision on ranking will be taken if necessary.
(ii) Up to two competitive places are also being generously sponsored by the IEEE UK-RI Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Chapter.
(iii) Six partial (merit) scholarships (of up to £150 each) are being offered by Springer to School applicants who will also be required to present their research at the School Poster Session.

Cognitive Computation is an emerging discipline that links together neurobiology, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence.The vision of this Summer School is to empower participants with an interdisciplinary understanding of some of the key underlying methodologies, concepts and techniques in cognitive computation, and their strengths and limitations (demonstrated by a range of real-world case studies). Participants will also learn of future directions in this exciting multi-disciplinary field. Topics covered will include: perception, action, affective and cognitive learning and memory, attention, decision making and control, social cognition, language processing and communication, reasoning, pattern recognition, problem solving, and consciousness.

Springer's Neuroscience Publishing Editor will also give a talk on "Publishing interdisciplinary research in scientific journals" on the first day, Monday, 26 August, which will be followed by a Research Posters Session, and Exhibition organized by Springer (with prize awarded to the best poster). Authors of selected posters, judged by the Keynote Guest Lecturer: Professor Igor Aleksander, will be invited to submit extended/full papers to Springer's Cognitive Computation journal (

The School is intended for postgraduate, PhD students, postdoctoral and industrial researchers working in all areas of cognitive computation, including its theoretical, applied, artificial and natural dimensions. More generally, it will appeal to researchers interested in biologically inspired computing techniques and applications, for example: machine learning, computational intelligence, cognitive and computational neuroscience, machine consciousness, neural hardware implementations and biologically inspired robotics and systems. Although the course will have substantial technical content, no prerequisites are required beyond a good background/first-degree in computer science/informatics or a related subject.

For details of the School programme and application process, please see:

We hope to see you soon in Stirling!


Professor Amir Hussain
Personal Chair in Computing Science
School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling,
Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1786 467437 / 464551

The University of Stirling is ranked in the top 50 in the world in The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 table, which ranks the world's best 100 universities under 50 years old.
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC 011159.

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