Saturday, August 31, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Faculty Position at University of Colorado Boulder

The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in
computational approaches to cognitive and/or affective neuroscience at the assistant or associate professor level with a starting date of Spring 2014 or Fall 2014. The Institute is a multidisciplinary unit with representation from the departments of Psychology & Neuroscience,Computer Science, Education, Philosophy, Linguistics, Architecture & Planning, and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences.

We seek applicants with a strong research program in human computational neuroscience and neuroimaging that interfaces with one or more of the main research themes of the Institute: Higher Level Cognition; Language Processing; Training and Education (
The following attributes will be prioritized, and the strongest applicants will show all three: 1) research incorporating human neuroimaging, 2) the use of state-of-the-art computational approaches to address issues in cognitive science, 3) a strong capacity for and commitment to interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will be able to teach courses both in his or her speciality as well as courses in Cognitive Science more generally. Successful applicants will join the faculty of both the Institute for Cognitive Science and the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and are expected to be able to fulfill teaching and research requirements for tenure in Psychology and Neuroscience.

Responsibilities include research, research supervision, service, and graduate and undergraduate teaching.

For fullest consideration, please apply by September 30, 2013. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date until the position is filled.

Applications (consisting of resume/vitae, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research philosophy and minimum of one publication) are not complete until all letters of recommendation are attached to the posting.

To apply, please see Jobs@CU Posting #F00710
Quick Link:

Email inquiries may be sent to

Thanks, Donna

Donna Caccamise, Ph.D
Assoc. Director, Institute of Cognitive Science
Director of ICS Academic Programs
UCB 344
University of Colorado, Boulder 80309

- Randy
Dr. Randall C. O'Reilly
Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado Boulder
345 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0345
303-492-0054 Fax: 303-492-2967

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Friday, August 30, 2013

[Comp-neuro] *Machine Learning jobs at Brain Corporation*

Brain Corporation has multiple openings for experts in machine learning and computer vision.

The experts will be exploring new methods of applying neuronal models for adaptive robotics.

The applicants must (1) be experts in machine learning, (2) have exceptionally strong programming skills, and (3) be willing to learn the neuroscience of vision and motor control.

==10 Reasons to Join Brain Corporation==

1. Work on the most exciting scientific challenge of the century.
2. Outstanding team of computational neuroscientists, programmers, and engineers.
3. Industry-level salary, stock options, end-of-year bonuses.
4. Health, dental, and vision insurance.
5. Free breakfast and lunch at work; lots of healthy choices.
6. Free Android/iPhone for new employees; free gadgets twice per year.
7. Live 5 minutes from the Pacific Ocean; surf or dive any day of the year, and bike to work.
8. Bring your family to sunny San Diego, home to World Famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, Wild Animal Park, and an hour from Disneyland.
9. Family-friendly events, all-expense-paid holiday retreats, deep-sea fishing.
10. Attend conferences like CNS and NIPS.

Other Job opportunities at Brain Corporation are listed at

Send your application materials to

Dr. Eugene M. Izhikevich
Chairman & CEO
Brain Corporation
San Diego, California
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[Comp-neuro] 2nd CFP: DATA STREAMS TRACK - ACM SAC 2014

ACM SAC 2014
The 29th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
in Gyeongju, Korea, March 24 - 28,2014.



The rapid development in information science and technology in general
and in growth complexity and volume of data in particular has
introduced new challenges for the research community. Many sources
produce data continuously. Examples include sensor networks, wireless
networks, radio frequency identification (RFID), health-care devices
and information systems, customer click streams, telephone records,
multimedia data, scientific data, sets of retail chain transactions,
etc. These sources are called data streams. A data stream is an
ordered sequence of instances that can be read only once or a small
number of times using limited computing and storage capabilities.
These sources of data are characterized by being open-ended, flowing
at high-speed, and generated by non stationary distributions.

We are looking for original, unpublished work related to algorithms,
methods and applications on data streams. Topics include (but are not
restricted) to:

- Data Stream Models
- Languages for Stream Query
- Continuous Queries
- Clustering from Data Streams
- Decision Trees from Data Streams
- Association Rules from Data Streams
- Decision Rules from Data Streams
- Bayesian networks from Data Streams
- Feature Selection from Data Streams
- Visualization Techniques for Data Streams
- Incremental on-line Learning Algorithms
- Single-Pass Algorithms
- Temporal, spatial, and spatio-temporal data mining
- Scalable Algorithms
- Real-Time and Real-World Applications using Stream data
- Distributed and Social Stream Mining

1. Paper Submission: September 13, 2013
2. Author Notification: November 15, 2013
3. Camera‐ready copies: December 6, 2013

Papers should be submitted in PDF using the SAC 2014 conference
management system: Authors
are invited to submit original papers in all topics related to
data streams. All papers should be submitted in ACM 2-column
camera ready format for publication in the symposium proceedings.
ACM SAC follows a double blind review process. Consequently, the
author(s) name(s) and address(s) must NOT appear in the body of
the submitted paper, and self-references should be in the third
person. This is to facilitate double blind review required by ACM.
All submitted papers must include the paper identification number
provided by the eCMS system when the paper is first registered.
The number must appear on the front page, above the title of the
paper. Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo
a blind review process by at least three referees. The conference
proceedings will be published by ACM. The maximum number of pages
allowed for the final papers is 6 pages. There is a set of templates
to support the required paper format for a number of document
preparation systems at:

For accepted papers, registration for the conference is required
and allows the paper to be printed in the conference proceedings.
An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is
a requirement for the paper to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital
library. No-show of scheduled papers will result in excluding the
papers from the ACM/IEEE digital library.

Graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community on
their research ideas are invited to submit original abstracts of
their research work in areas of experimental computing and application
development related to SAC 2014 Tracks. The SRC program is designed
to provide graduate students the opportunity to meet and exchange
ideas with researcher and practitioners in their areas of interest.
All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by researchers
and practitioners with expertise in the track focus area to which
they are submitted. Authors of selected abstracts will have the
opportunity to give poster and oral presentations of their work
and compete for three top wining places. The SRC committee will
evaluate and select First, Second, and Third place winners. The
winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition certificates
during the conference banquet dinner. Authors of selected abstracts
are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for

Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts (minimum
of two pages; maximum of four pages) following the instructions
published at SAC 2014 website. Submission of the same abstract to
multiple tracks is not allowed. Submissions must address original and
unpublished research work related to a SAC track, with emphasis on the
innovation behind the research idea. The submission should address the
research problem being investigated, the proposed approach and research
methodology, and sample preliminary results of the work. In addition,
the abstract should reflect on the originality of the work, innovation
of the approach, and applicability of the results to real-world problems.
All abstracts must be submitted thought the START Submission system

If you encounter any problems with your submission, please contact the
Program Coordinator.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Online talks from workshop "Noise in decision making"

Talks from the ESF workshop on

"Noise in decision making: theory meets experiment"
(May 2013, Sant Fruitós de Bages, Catalonia, Spain)

are available online at:

Speakers include: Matthias Bethge, Anne Churchland, Albert Compte,
Bruce Cumming, Gustavo Deco, Sophie Devève, Ralf Haefner, Christian
Machens, Encarni Marcos, Ruben Moreno-Bote, Hendrikje Nienborg, Satu
Palva, Alexandre Pouget, Alfonso Renart, Petra Ritter, Douglas Ruff,
Michael Shadlen, Alex Thiele, and Klaus Wimmer.

The two driving questions of the meeting were:

1. What is the origin of variability in brain activity (contributions
from external inputs, synaptic and neural mechanisms, micro-circuit
dynamics, global brain states, etc.)?

2. What is the role, if any, of neuronal variability in decision
making / perception / behavior?

More information about the workshop can be found at:
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[Comp-neuro] Upcoming Conference: DIPECC2013 - Dubai

The International Conference on Digital Information Processing, E-Business
and Cloud Computing (DIPECC2013)

October 23-25, 2013
Dubai, UAE

All registered papers will be included in SDIWC Digital Library, and in
the proceedings of the conference.
The proposed conference on the above theme will be held at Dubai, UAE from
October 23-25, 2013 which aims to enable researchers build connections
between different digital applications.

The conference welcome papers on the following (but not limited to)
research topics:

:: Biometrics Technologies
:: Cloud Engineering
:: Cloud Security
:: Computer Architecture and Design
:: Data Compression
:: Data Management in Mobile Networks
:: Distributed and Parallel Applications
:: E-Commerce Security
:: E-Technology
:: Forensics, Recognition Technologies and Applications
:: Image Processing
:: Information and Data Management
:: Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Management
:: Network Security
:: Semantic Web and Ontologies
:: User Interface and Usability Issues for Mobile Applications
:: Web Services Architecture, Modeling and Design
:: Wireless Communications
:: Cloud Computing
:: Cloud Gaming
:: Computational Intelligence
:: Cryptography and Data Protection
:: Data Embedding and Watermarking
:: Data Stream Processing in Mobile/Sensor Networks
:: E-Business
:: E-Learning
:: Embedded Systems and Software
:: Fuzzy and Neural Network Systems
:: Information Content Security
:: Mobile Networking, Mobility and Nomadicity
:: Multimedia Computing
:: Real-Time Systems
:: Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition and Applications
:: User Interfaces, Visualization and Modeling
:: Web Services Security
:: Wireless Sensor Networks

Researchers are encouraged to submit their work electronically. All papers
will be fully refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees. Before
final acceptance, all referees comments must be considered.

Submission Deadline: September 23, 2013
Notification of Acceptance: October 9, 2013
Camera Ready Submission: October 13, 2013
Registration: October 13, 2013
Conference Dates: October 23-25, 2013

Jackie Blanco
Conference Manager

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[Comp-neuro] Donders Discussions 2013 Registration closes soon!

Dear PhD student,

Time flies, and there are only two weeks left to register for the Donders Discussions 2013! This two-day conference for PhD students in all fields of (cognitive) neuroscience will take place on October 31st and November 1st in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Registration and poster abstract submission close September 16.

The aim of the Donders Discussions is to bring PhD students together in an informal, interdisciplinary atmosphere. Last year we welcomed over 150 participants from all over Europe. We invite you to join us and make this year's edition an even bigger success!

Our exciting program features brains of many kinds, including baby brains, sleeping, stressed and disordered brains, linguistic, attentive and aging brains, and of course investigated brains (where we review methodological innovations). We also offer interactive workshops on science communication and career management.

For more information and registration please visit We warmly invite all participants to submit a poster abstract. The deadline is September 16, but registration may close earlier if the maximum number of participants has been reached. The registration fee is €45.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail us at For the latest updates and special offers, join us on facebook ( or twitter (@discussions2013).

We look forward to seeing you in Nijmegen!

The Donders Discussions committee 2013


The first book on MATHEMATICAL NEUROSCIENCE has been published by Academic Press.


In the second decade of the twenty-first century, brain researchers (neuroscientists) have begun to decipher the dynamics of large-scale neural networks and to gauge how the functioning of the brain is dependent on the spatiotemporal integration of the resultant dynamics. Knowing more detailed facts about brain connectivity, we are faced with the problem of how such information can be put together in one system to understand the whole brain and the effective tracing of cause-and-effect relationships determining its actions. Data gathering by neuroinformaticians steadfastly produces a 'brain in a supercomputer' virtual model that can be regularly updated to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle. Unfortunately, such data gathering does not imply that there is a "glue" that allows us to combine multiple empirical observations into a single theory of the brain.

Mathematical Neuroscience goes beyond unrealistic dynamics of physical abstractions into the realm of integrative modeling and dynamic continuity. It's the first book in mathematical neuroscience that can claim to include the development of a nonlinear analysis to better understand the intricate fallacies of methodological reductionism in neuroscience.

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[Comp-neuro] Postdoc and PhD position in Computational Neuroscience in Bern, Switzerland

There is an opening for a 3-year postdoc position and a PhD position in computational neuroscience in the Senn lab at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

The positions are part of a collaborative project with the Herzog and Gerstner labs at EPFL on “Learning from delayed and sparse feedback”, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS). We aim at understanding how perceptual learning and decision making may jointly improve based on a delayed feedback. Our group studies the combination of unsupervised and reinforcement learning in cortical networks of spiking neurons. We are interested in biologically realistic reinforcement learning algorithms that are both amenable to a theoretical understanding and consistent with data on human learning recorded in the Herzog lab. The work extends previous models of reinforcement learning and decision making in populations of spiking neurons in our lab (see

Ideal candidates for the PhD position have a Master in Theoretical Physics or a related area, and for the postdoc position a PhD in Computational Neuroscience with a strong theoretical background. Send your CV with scientific record and a statement of research interests (maximally 1 page), and arrange for 2 letters of recommendations to be sent to

Please apply before September 15th, 2013, although later applications may still be considered.

We offer a dynamic working environment at the Department of Physiology, close interactions with the in-house experimental labs and the partners at EPFL, an exciting surrounding close to the Alps and close to Bern’s old city as UNESCO World Heritage, and last not least, Swiss salaries according to the SNFS guidelines. 


Walter Senn

[Comp-neuro] Lecturer and research Position (Akademische/r Assistent/in) in Neuro-Robotics

Lecturer and research Position (Akademische/r Assistent/in) in Neuro-Robotics

The position is available at Chemnitz University of Technology in the
Department of Computer Science within the Professorship of Artificial
Intelligence. It requires teaching and research. Teaching is required
about 4 hours per week within the semester and involves lectures and
exercises in robotics and neuro-robotics as well as exercises in
artificial intelligence or image processing.

The candidate is expected to contribute to research in neuro-robotics,
e.g. to develop brain inspired models of motor or cognitive processes
run on robotic platforms. He or she should have a PhD in computer
science or related fields, e.g. electrical engineering. Prior
experience in robotics or neuro-computational modeling is
advantageous. Good English language skills are necessary. German is
initially not required, but the candidate should have an interest to
learn the German language.

We offer a stimulating international and interdisciplinary
environment. Available and recently ordered robotic platforms include
an iCub head, two Nao, a Koala with stereo pan-tilt vision and several
K-Junior V2 robots.

The salary is according to German standards (E 13 TV-L or A 13). The
position is initially for 4 years, but can be extended. The starting
date is April 2014 or earlier.

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.

Further details (in german) can be found here:

Applications should be sent by email (preferably in PDF format) to
( until 30.09.2013. In addition
to a CV the candidate should provide an overview of his planned
research for the next 4 years. Applications will be considered until
the position is filled.

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
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Modeling, Analysis, and Theory Scientist 1 positions

Dear Colleague,                                                                                                                          


The Allen Institute for Brain Science is embarking on a multiyear project to study neural computation and coding in the mouse cortex.  An integral part of this effort is the Modeling, Analysis, and Theory Group at the Institute, which presently has four openings for scientist positions focusing in the following areas of computational neuroscience:


·         Biophysical modeling of information processing in the cortex,


·         Detailed single-neuron and network modeling of the mouse visual cortex V1,


·         Modeling of short term synaptic plasticity at the cell type and network level,


·         Developing visualization and analysis systems for large-scale imaging data.


The first two scientists will employ realistic neuronal cell morphology, biophysical mechanisms, and connectivity to construct computer simulations ranging from single neurons to many thousands of cells in the mouse visual cortex, aiming to computationally recreate intracellular, transmembrane, and extracellular activity. The third position will primarily focus on constructing mathematical tools to parameterize synaptic plasticity models between specified cell types in the thalamo-cortical circuits and extend existing models if they fail to accurately describe the observed data. The fourth scientist will work toward developing semi- and fully-automated image reconstruction of neuron morphology of light and electron microscopy, providing crucial tools for the analysis of the massive amount of imaging data generated at the Allen Institute.  An overarching theme for all four positions will be close interaction with experimental teams at the Allen Institute in designing optimal protocols, analyzing their outcome, and deciphering functional implications of the mechanisms studied.


These positions are offered at the level of “Scientist I” and are typically filled by applicants within a few years of finishing their PhD thesis work.  We strongly encourage qualified individuals with PhD in relevant disciplines to apply.  To learn more about individual positions and to submit applications, please visit our web site,



Mike Hawrylycz, Ph.D., Director of Modeling, Analysis and Theory                                         

Christof Koch, Ph. D., Chief Scientific Officer



[Comp-neuro] Open position: Coordinator Software Technology, in Juelich

The Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) at the Juelich Research Center in Germany investigates the structure and function of the brain. The department INM-6 consists of 3 groups that conduct research in the field of computational and systems neuroscience. The group of Statistical Neuroscience headed by Prof. Sonja Grün aims to develop computational methods to analyze the joint activity of neuronal networks monitored by electrophysiological multi-channel recordings, and to apply these methods to data in the framework of international collaborations.

The group is hiring a

Coordinator Software Technology (m/f)

to strengthen its international and interdisciplinary team.

Your tasks: Coordination of the development of analysis tools, and making that software available via technology platforms. Implementation of statistical analysis tools for neuronal data processing. Establishment of professional workflows within the group and with experimental partners. Responsibility for documentation. Internet presentation of the software. Integration of installation routines for workstations and high performance computing clusters. Organization of storage and transfer of large data. You will represent the technology at scientific conferences, during educational courses, to the public, and within the framework of the Human Brain Project.

Your profile: University degree in mathematics or natural sciences; you are convincing with your confident attitude as well as good communication skills, and are a team worker in an international and interdisciplinary environment; very good expertise in the programming languages Python, Matlab, and C/C++, and in the standard Linux tools for creating, distributing, and evolving software; experience in conceptualizing and programming scientific analysis methods; experience in creating documentation and course material; experience in creating parallel and distributed programs; solid knowledge of versioning and bug tracking systems; integration in the international Computational Neuroscience community; experience in web development, in particular WIKI technologies; fluent in spoken and written English.

We offer: a position in a creative and international team that conducts research at the frontiers of science, themes ranging from computational neuroscience to simulation technology. The Jülich Research Center is one of the largest research centers in Europe, with excellent scientific equipment including the fastest supercomputer in Europe, is located on a green campus, and near the cultural centers Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen/Aix-La-Chapelle.

Applications, including a motivation letter, CV, and publication list, should be sent to:

Prof. Dr. Sonja Grün

Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6)

and Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6)

Jülich Research Centre and JARA

52425 Jülich, Germany

--   Prof. Dr. Sonja Gruen  Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6)  Computational and Systems Neuroscience  Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6)  Theoretical Neuroscience  Juelich Research Centre and JARA  Juelich, Germany  and  Theoretical Systems Neurobiology  RWTH Aachen University  Aachen, Germany  tel. +49-(0)2461-61-4748 (secr), -9302, -9460 (fax)  mob. +49-(0)175-2972436      

Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
52425 Juelich
Sitz der Gesellschaft: Juelich
Eingetragen im Handelsregister des Amtsgerichts Dueren Nr. HR B 3498
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: MinDir Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher
Geschaeftsfuehrung: Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem (Vorsitzender),
Karsten Beneke (stellv. Vorsitzender), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bolt,
Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt

Das Forschungszentrum oeffnet seine Tueren am Sonntag, 29. September, von 10:00 bis 17:00 Uhr:

[Comp-neuro] CFP: NIPS 2013 Workshop on "Acquiring and analyzing the activity of large neural ensembles"


NIPS 2013 Workshop Announcement
"Acquiring and analyzing the activity of large neural ensembles"

Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States
9th or 10th December, 2013

with partial support from
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Tübingen, Germany


For many years, measurements of neural activity have either been restricted to recordings from single neurons or a very small number of neurons, and anatomical reconstructions to very sparse and incomplete neural circuits. Major advances in optical imaging (e.g. 2-photon and light-sheet microscopic imaging of calcium signals) and new electrode array technologies are now beginning to provide measurements of neural activity at an unprecedented scale. High-profile initiatives such as BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) will fuel the development of ever more powerful techniques for mapping the structure and activity of neural circuits.

Computational tools will be important to both the high-throughput acquisition of these large-scale datasets and in the analysis. Acquiring, analyzing and integrating these sources of data raises major challenges and opportunities for computational neuroscience and machine learning:
• What kind of data will be generated by large-scale functional measurements in the next decade? How will it be quantitatively or qualitatively different to the kind of data we have had previously?
• Algorithmic methods have played an important role in data acquisition, e.g. spike-sorting algorithms or spike-inference algorithms from calcium traces. In the future, what role will computational tools play in the process of high-throughput data acquistion?
• One of the key-challenges is to link anatomical with functional data -- what computational analysis tools will help in providing a link between these two disparate source of data? What can we learn by measuring 'functional connectivity'?
• What have we really learned from high-dimensional recordings that is new? What will we learn? What theories could we test, if only we had access to recordings from more neurons at the same time?

We have invited scientists whose research addresses these questions including prominent technologists, experimental neuroscientists, theorists and computational neuroscientists. We foresee active discussions amongst this multi-disciplinary group of scientists to catalyze exciting new research and collaborations.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Terry Sejnowski, Salk Institute (Keynote)
• Misha Ahrens, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus
• Mitya Chklovskii, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus
• Konrad Koerding, Northwestern University
• Jonathan Pillow, University of Texas at Austin
• Andreas Tolias, Baylor College of Medicine
• Joshua Vogelstein, Duke University

Submission details:
We invite abstract submissions for poster presentation at the workshop. Please submit abstracts (1 page max in pdf format) by email to

Important deadlines:
Abstract submission deadline (for poster presentations): October 9th, 2013
Acceptance for poster presentation will be announced by October 23th, 2013

Organizing Committee:
• Srini Turaga (Gatsby Unit & WIBR, University College London)
• Lars Büsing (Gatsby Unit, University College London)
• Maneesh Sahani (Gatsby Unit, University College London)
• Jakob Macke (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Tübingen, Germany)_______________________________________________
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

[Comp-neuro] 17th EEGLAB Workshop @ UCSD following Soc. for Neurosci. in November

The 17th EEGLAB workshop will be held at University of California San Diego in La Jolla following the Society for Neuroscience meeting,November 14-18, 2013

We are experimenting with a multi-track workshop. Group lectures will alternate with basic EEGLAB how-to sessions, intended for beginners, plus sessions on more advanced EEGLAB plug-ins (NFT, SIFT, BCILAB, MPT, MoBILAB, AMICA), intended for experienced EEGLAB users and EEG data analysts.

More details are available on the workshop website:
Workshop registration is now open via EventBrite:

A. Delorme
S. Makeig

Scott Makeig, Research Scientist and Director, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Institute for Neural Computation, University of California San Diego, La Jolla CA 92093-0559,

[Comp-neuro] PhD position available at the University of Genova

We are seeking highly motivated candidates for a PhD position (3 years) at the Neuroengineering and Bio-Nano Technology Group (NBT), University of Genova, Genova, ITALY.


The successful candidate will be involved in a research project focused on the study of the computational properties of cortical assemblies coupled to micro-electrode arrays.

In particular, the candidate will be involved in a research theme regarding how information is represented in neuronal activity. The nature of representation depend on the structure of the neuronal networks in terms of connectivity, size and topology. In this 3-years research project, we propose to develop a systematic and controlled experimental and theoretical analysis to focus on a specific question strictly related to the issue of information representation: the interplay between structure and dynamics. For that aim, we will use in vitro models constituted by patterned neuronal networks coupled to innovative high-density devices and theoretical network models and simulations to support and complement the experimental works.


Candidates must have a master degree (or equivalent) in physics, engineering, mathematics or a related field. Essential skills comprise Matlab and/or C++/C# programming. Experience in computational neuroscience and/or electrophysiology is a plus.


Our labs are located in Genova, a small beautiful town in northern Italy, both from historical (its historical center is the largest of Europe) and naturalistic point of view (sea and mountains coexist creating a unique landscape). Genova is only 1.30h away from Milan by train and connected by plane to Rome (1.00h), London (2h) and Paris (1.30h).


Deadline for submitting the application is September 10th 2013.

If you are interested, please send your CV, the name and contact details of one reference, a description of your personal qualifications and research interests to:


Dr. Paolo Massobrio


Tel: +39-010-3532761


Prof. Sergio Martinoia


Tel: +39-010-3532251


Best regards



Paolo Massobrio, PhD
ering and Bio-Nano Technology - NBT - Lab
Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering - DIBRIS
University of Genova
Via Opera Pia 11A, 16145, GENOVA, ITALY
Phone: +39-010-3532761
Fax: +39-010-3532764



[Comp-neuro] Australian Research Council Future Fellowships for mid-career researchers

Call for Expressions of Interest
ARC Future Fellowships
Brain and Behaviour Research at the MARCS Institute
Australian Research Council Future Fellowships for mid-career researchers

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is currently calling for applicants
for the Future Fellowships scheme. This mid-career research fellowship
provides salary and project costs for four-year to successful applicants
who have been awarded their PhD between 5 and 15 years (see for further information).

*The MARCS Institute*
At the MARCS Institute, a vibrant interdisciplinary Research Institute of
the University of Western Sydney, we will work with mid-career researchers
to develop highly competitive Future Fellowship applications to conduct
research in our well-equipped research environment in any of our 5
research programs:

* Bioelectronics & Neuroscience: computational and electronic modelling to
reverse engineer the brain and biomedical instrumentation design.
* Human Machine Interaction: Believability of virtual agents¹ behaviour in
cyber-physical worlds; cyber-physical interfaces, natural interaction
between virtual and physical worlds.
* Multisensory Processing: Research investigating brain and behaviour to
understand the processes by which sensory information is combined,
represented and acted upon.
* Music Cognition & Action: Investigation of the temporal dynamics in
individual and group performance and perception of music and dance.
* Speech & Language: Research within and between languages, with infants,
children and adults focussing on speech perception, speech production, and
related skills such as literacy.

The MARCS Institute is 100-person strong, 1500m2 research hub with >$3.5M
of specialist equipment for conducting behavioural, neuroscience, and
computational research on human-human and human-machine communication in
normal, heightened and degraded contexts. MARCS is involved in a range of
national and international research collaborations and industry
partnerships and the MARCS team includes members and collaborators from
Medicine, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics,
Linguistics, Psychology, Education, Music, and Communication Arts.

More information about MARCS¹ research and researchers can be found at

*Expressions of Interest submission*
MARCS will offer expert assistance to Future Fellowship applications where
these fit closely with one or more aspects of our research program. Please
consult the Institute¹s website ( for further
details of the Institute¹s research program.

Applicants seeking the endorsement of MARCS need to complete an Expression
of Interest by 4 September 2013. The Expression of Interest Form can be
obtained via email from UWS Senior Project Development Manager Annette
McLaren ( Please include in your email a copy of
your current CV including the award date of your PhD and a brief (1
paragraph) outline of your proposed project.

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[Comp-neuro] PhD position in Closed-loop technologies for neuroscience research

Dear colleagues,

A four year doctoral position is available at the Biological Neurocomputation Group, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. This position is related to the project "Stimulus-response closed-loops for multiscale and bidirectional interaction with the nervous system" (MINECO TIN2012-30883). The research will focus on assessing information processing in neural transient dynamics with closed-loop technologies. See references below.

The PhD position is funded by Spanish MINECO. Applicants should hold a Master's degree at the time of the formalization of the contract in one of the following (or related) disciplines: computer science, physics, biology, engineering  (graduation date not earlier than January 1st 2010).

Prior experience in the fields of electrophysiological recordings, EEG, neuroimaging, or computational neuroscience will be valuable. Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research is required.

Interested candidates, please send CV to Dr Pablo Varona:

Deadline for applications: September 9th, 2013.

Related references:

[Comp-neuro] SAN/NIHC 2014 meeting Utrecht (NL): Society for Applied Neuroscience

Dear colleague,

It is our great pleasure to hereby announce the 2014 SAN Conference. This conference is jointly organized by the the Society of Applied Neurosciences (SAN) and the National Initiative Brain and Cognition (NIHC). The conference will be held from January 30th to February 2nd, 2014 in the Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs in Utrecht (The Netherlands).

Confirmed keynote speakers include Niels Birbaumer, John Gruzelier, Katya Rubia, Thomas Schlaepfer and Pascal Fries. Further keynote and invited speakers will be announced later. So please save the data and consider registering at the early bird rate.

The conference will specifically focus on the following topics:
- Electroencephalography (EEG and QEEG)
- Neurofeedback (EEG, fMRI, NIRS)
- Neuromodulation techniques (rTMS, tDCS, tACS)
- Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)
- Neurophysiology (EEG, ERP's and Cognition)
- Sleep, chronobiology, circadian systems and light as a neuromodulation technique
- Social Neuroscience and affective neuroscience
- Non-clinical applications, optimal performance and human enhancement
- Learning, education and neuroscience
- Food, brain and cognition

On you can find more information about this conference, e.g registration details and abstract submission details. Please note that the discounted early bird registration last until November 1st 2013 and the deadline for abstracts is December 1st 2013.

Kind regards,

Martijn Arns, Leon Kenemans & John Gruzelier
SAN 2014 Organizing Committee

Monday, August 26, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Plymouth University Research Studentships (PhD): 12 positions

Dear All

Please note that the studentships announced below are different from those advertised

two weeks ago on this list.



Plymouth University Research Studentships (PhD): 12 positions

Cognition Institute | Plymouth University

Fixed term 36 months, starting 1st April 2014

Twelve University-funded PhD positions are available on the CogNovo project.

CogNovo is an Innovative Doctoral Programme funded by the EU Marie Curie initiative and Plymouth University to foster research in the emerging field of Cognitive Innovation. CogNovo offers transdisciplinary research training that combines scientific studies of the neural correlates and mechanisms of creativity, with investigations into the role of creativity in human cognition, and their application in sustainable technological and social innovation.

Selected candidates will be registered for a comprehensive PhD programme that includes specialised research on specific topics, as well as training workshops covering experimental methods, cognitive neuroscience, computational modelling, humanities and human values, experimental psychology, creative arts, cognitive robotics and entrepreneurship. CogNovo also offers secondment possibilities to academic and commercial partners across the world.

Candidates should apply for specific projects, indicating their top 3 choices.

For further details of CogNovo and the research projects available, please see: Application forms are available for download from the website.

Eligibility: An excellent 1st degree, good verbal and written communication skills in English, and an interest in multi-disciplinary research are essential. Specific educational prerequisites vary and are indicated in the project web-pages. More information on individual projects can be found on the CogNovo Projects Page.

These positions are open to all UK and EU citizens with appropriate qualifications. Applicants who are normally required to pay overseas fees may also apply, but will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £9,790 per annum). For more details on university studentships, please visit

University studentships include full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £13,726 per annum.

Submitting an application: Applicants should send a completed application form along with a covering letter detailing their suitability for the studentship, C.V. and 2 academic references to Catherine Johnson, Faculty of Science and Technology Research Office, Room A425, Portland Square, Plymouth PL4 8AA or e-mail

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, 30 November 2013

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in January/February 2014. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by March 2014 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience (cellular/molecular modeling) in Norway/San Diego

There is an opening for a 3-year postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience (cellular/molecular modeling) in Norway/San Diego.

The research area is cellular and molecular modeling, and in the project new genetic discoveries from large GWAS-studies (genome-wide association studies) of brain diseases will be investigated using neural modeling. In particular, biophysical neuron models will be used to study the effect of identified genes affecting neuronal transmission and excitability by manipulating individual receptors/channels/intracellular signaling system, and investigating how they interact. The positions are funded for three years, including some periods working at UC San Diego.

The postdoc will work in a project funded by the Research Council of Norway - FriMedBio program. The fellow will together with two other already hired postdocs be key scientific personnel in the project. We can offer an exciting research environment with a multidisciplinary profile and large opportunities for academic development. The postdocs will work at the KG Jebsen Centre for Psychosis research (TOP Study Group), and in close collaboration with the Computational Neuroscience Group at the Norwegian University of Life Science at Ås ( and the Multimodal Imaging Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) (

Application deadline: September 15th, 2013

For more information about the position (including how to apply), see .

Contacts: Professor Ole Andreassen, phone + 47 99038893 (, Professor Anders M. Dale (, Professor Gaute T Einevoll (

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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[Comp-neuro] MSc program in Neural Systems and Computation - University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

We are inviting applications for the MSc program in Neural Systems and Computation, an interdisciplinary program offered as a Joint Master Program by the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The program offers a theoretical and laboratory training in neural computation and systems neuroscience. It offers hands-on knowledge of data gathering, analysis and scientific presentation. Students join an international and interdisciplinary research community with expertise in neuroinformatics, advanced experimental techniques and neuromorphic engineering. Further information can be found on our homepage

We offer a specialized full-time Masters program open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in the following disciplines: neurosciences, information technology, electrical engineering, biology, physics, computer sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and mechanical/chemical/control engineering. The core courses (all offered in English) provide a common foundation for students with different educational backgrounds, and cover the following:
    1. Systems Neurosciences
    2. Neural Computation and Theoretical Neuroscience
    3. Neurotechnologies and Neuromorphic Engineering

The application deadline for students starting in Spring Semester 2014 is September 15th 2013. Details about the application process and required documents can be found here:

The program is affiliated with the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty (MNF) at the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Department (D-ITET) of the ETH Zurich. All applications are handled by the University of Zurich. Application documents should be sent to

Michael Pfeiffer
--   =========================================  Dr. Michael Pfeiffer  Postdoc, Director of Studies NSC  Institute of Neuroinformatics  University of Zurich and ETH Zurich  Winterthurerstrasse 190  CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland  Tel. +41 44 635 30 45  Fax  +41 44 635 30 53  pfeiffer (at)  =========================================  

Saturday, August 24, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Deadline extended until Sep 25, 2013 for the Frontiers Special Research Topic on Neuromorphic Engineering Systems and Applications

The Frontiers in Neuromorphic Engineering journal plans a special research topic in 2013 on Neuromorphic Engineering Systems and Applications. Relevant topics include:

- Sensors and applications of sensors, e.g. retina, cochlea, convolutional hardware such as NewFlow or ConvNet
- Robotics and sensors for robotics, e.g. locomotion, game playing robots, navigation, obstacle avoidance
- Applications of large scale AER systems, e.g. Neurogrid, SpiNNaker, FACETS
- Applications of hardware for machine learning and perception, e.g. synaptic plasticity, state-dependent networks, particularly those that address the issues of imprecision and its effect on performance
- Implementations of cognitive systems, e.g. hand designed networks of neurons or learned topologies for solving ?cognitive? problems in decision making or control

Neuromorphic engineering is about to enter its 25th year as a discipline. In the first two decades neuromorphic engineers focused on building models of sensors, such as silicon cochleas and retinas, and building blocks such as silicon neurons and synapses. These designs have honed our skills in implementing sensors and neural networks in VLSI using analog and mixed mode circuits.

Over the last decade the address event representation has been used to interface devices and computers from different designers and even different groups. This facility has been essential for our ability to combine sensors, neural networks, and actuators into neuromorphic systems.

The Telluride Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop (since 1994) and the CapoCaccia Cognitive Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop (since 2009) have been instrumental not only in creating a strongly connected research community, but also in introducing different groups to each other?s hardware. Many neuromorphic systems are first created at one of these workshops.

With this special research topic, we aim to showcase the state-of-the-art in neuromorphic systems. We encourage submissions of manuscripts describing systems resulting from project work at the two neuromorphic engineering workshops, but we also welcome other relevant submissions.

Topic Editors:
Andre van Schaik, The University of Western Sydney, Australia
Tobi Delbruck, Institute for Neuroinformatics, Switzerland
Jennifer Hasler, Georgia Insitute of Technology, USA

Deadline for full article submission: 25 Sep 2013

[Comp-neuro] Final CFP: Elsevier Neural Networks journal Special Issue on Affective and Cognitive Learning Systems for Big Social Data Analysis

The University of Stirling has been ranked in the top 12 of UK universities for graduate employment*.
94% of our 2012 graduates were in work and/or further study within six months of graduation.
*The Telegraph
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC 011159.

Friday, August 23, 2013

[Comp-neuro] RLDM2013: Early registration deadline fast approaching

The 1st Multidisciplinary Conference on
Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making (RLDM2013)

Oct 25-27, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Registration for RLDM2013 is now open at

Early registration deadline: Aug 31st, 11:59PM EST

Early registration fees are $350 for regular registration and $150 for student/postdoc.
Late registration: add $100
Registration fees include three light breakfasts and all coffee breaks, two lunches, and one banquet dinner.

We are excited to announce that RLDM2013 attracted 159 submissions. Accept/reject notifications and reviews have now been sent --- if you are a corresponding author and did not get your notification, please log in to CMT to view your abstracts, and notify us so we can resend your decision letter.

To ensure that you receive future announcements about RLDM2013 please join our mailing list at (you must log in to google to see the "join list" button, and choose 'all emails' in the options).

RLDM2013 confirmed speakers:
Programme Committee:

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[Comp-neuro] Open Position: Postdoc/Developer in Neuroinformatics at LMU Munich

At the German INCF Node (G-Node), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München,
a full-time position is available to join the G-Node team in developing
neuroinformatics solutions for data management in neurophysiology.
The amount, variety and complexity of data in this field brings the
challenge of large-scale data access, consistent storage and efficient
data analysis. G-Node is interacting closely with research labs to address
these challenges with state of the art neuroinformatics methods. Current
developments include a data sharing platform with an API for unified data
access and client tools for integration with the scientist's data analysis
environment ( G-Node is part of the
Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience (, is collaborating
with the INCF Secretariat ( and other INCF National Nodes,
and is involved in teaching and training activities.

The position involves working in a small team of developers within a
lively neuroscience environment, with ample opportunities for bridging
between neuroscience research and neuroinformatics. Tasks will include
contributing to the development and enhancement of G-Node tools and
services, working closely with neuroscience laboratories that use, or
plan to use, neuroinformatics solutions, to identify needs, problems,
and solutions, incorporating the acquired knowledge for architectural
design decisions, software development and improvements, and interacting
with all G-Node partners.

Candidates should have excellent programming skills, preferably in Python,
C/C++, and/or Java, knowledge about relational databases, the ability
to work in a team, and a strong interest in the development of novel
open-source solutions for neuroscience. Experience in further fields of
relevance, such as web development (Javascript, HTML/CSS, web frameworks),
semantic web technologies, scientific software and analysis, experimental
or computational neuroscience, would be beneficial.

The position is available immediately, salary level is according to
German payscale TV-L, duration is two years with possibility of renewal.
Applications should include CV, statement of experience and motivation,
and names of referees. Informal inquiries prior to application are welcome.
Applications should be submitted by September 30, 2013, but applications
will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please send
your application as pdf by email to

Thomas Wachtler <>
Department Biologie II
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Grosshaderner Str. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried
Tel: +49 [0]89/2180-74810
Fax: +49 [0]89/2180-74803
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[Comp-neuro] Simulation of Adaptive Behavior 2014, Pre-announcement

Key dates:

Submission deadline late-January 2014
SAB2014 in Castellon 22-26th July 2014

The 2014 International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive
Behavior will take place in Castellon, in easthern Spain, during the
last week of July 2014 under the Chairmanship of Angel P. del Pobil
and his colleagues.

The conference format will be as usual, and submissions on any of the
topics listed below[1] are encouraged. A full Call for Papers will be
published very shortly, and the submission deadline for full papers
will be toward the end of January 2014.

John Hallam
SAB2014 General Chair

[1] List of standard SAB topics:

The Animat approach
Motor control
Body and brain co-evolution
Self-assembling and self-replication
Sensory-motor coordination
Action selection & behavioral sequencing
Navigation and mapping
Internal models and representation
Evolution, development and learning
Motivation and emotion
Collective and social behavior
Communication and language
Emergent structures and behaviors
Neural correlates of behavior
Evolutionary and co-evolutionary approaches
Autonomous, bio-inspired, and hybrid robotics
Autonomous robotics
Humanoid robotics
Cgonitive developmental robotics
Software agents and virtual creatures
Applied adaptive behavior
Animats in education
Philosophical and psychological issues
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[Comp-neuro] Job openings at NEUROMAT Project in Brazil

Please announce this job opportunity in Brazil:

IT Specialist positions in the NeuroMat Project (University of Sao Paulo - Brazil)

The Center for Research, Innovation, and Dissemination NeuroMat is offering technical training scholarships for Computer Science/Engineering professionals interested in applying their Computing experience on world class scientific research. The recipient will interact with researchers from USP and other NeuroMat collaborating institutions in activities of development, customization, maintenance, and deployment of software to support the research activities of the center.

The NeuroMat project aims to integrate modeling with basic and applied research at the frontier of neuroscience. The goal of the project is to develop a mathematical and computational framework leading to the theoretical understanding of neural systems, fully integrated with experimental research in neuroscience. New models, theories, and open source software will be developed to handle the huge quantity of data produced by current experimental research and to provide a conceptual framework for the multiscale aspects of neural phenomena.

Neuromat is a "Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center" funded by FAPESP (Sao Paulo Research Foundation), an independent public foundation with the mission to foster research and the scientific and technological development of the State of São Paulo, in Brazil.

- Number of available positions: 3 

- Monthly Salary: BRL 5.908,80 (for 40 hours of work per week)

- Requirements: applicants should be graduated in Computer Science/Engineering (or other related area) and must have a Ph.D. degree OR at least five years of proven experience in Information Technology. Candidates with less experience may still apply and an appropriate salary will be negotiated with FAPESP.

- Duration: six to twenty-four months

- Place of work: Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME) - University of São Paulo (USP) - São Paulo / Brazil

- Planned activities include one or more of the following: database modeling, implementation and management; development of open source computational systems and tools to acquire, store and analyze data from neuroscience experiments such as the electrophysiological (EEG, TMS, EMG, etc.), neuroimaging (MRI, MEG, etc.) and behavioral experiments; creation and maintenance of the project Web portal. 
The software developed in NeuroMat will be both used internally by members of the project as a means to carry on the project-related research as well as released as Open Source Software on the Web portal of the project.

The scholarships will be awarded to candidates capable of carrying out at least one of the following activities:
  1) Software architecture and development
  2) Software testing, packaging, and distribution
  3) Dissemination of results in Web portal

- Candidates with one or more of the following skills will be preferred: databases (preferable PostgreSQL or MySQL/MariaDB), object-oriented programming and Web programming (JavaScript, Java, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, or others), persistence frameworks  (for example, Hibernate and ActiveRecord), agile software development, software testing, Matlab, processing of biological signals (such as EEG, EMG and fMRI).

The trainees will not only offer support for the products to be developed by the research project but will also be trained by the USP FLOSS Competence Center ( in advanced techniques for the development and dissemination of open source software and digital media.

To apply for one of these positions, please send your CV to Lourdes Netto ( until September 15th, 2013.


Dr. Antonio C. Roque
Professor Associado
Departamento de Fisica
FFCLRP, Universidade de Sao Paulo
14040-901 Ribeirao Preto-SP
Brazil  -  Brasil


Tels: +55 16 3602-3768 (sala/office);
         +55 16 3602-3859 (lab)
FAX: +55 16 3602-4887


Thursday, August 22, 2013

[Comp-neuro] Third Infinity - Conference on the Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

Dear fellow researchers,

We, the students of the International Max Planck Research School for the
Physics of Biological and Complex Systems (IMPRS PBCS) at the University
of Göttingen, present our conference called "Third Infinity" that takes
place from October 17th to October 19th in Göttingen.

Two conference keynote lectures will be given by Karl Friston about
"Life as we know it" and Eytan Domany about "Moving from Physics to
Biology: the Upsides, Downsides & Unexpected Sides".

Further invited speakers come from the fields of
- statistical and computational physics
- non-linear dynamics
- complex robotic systems
- nanoscale photonics and dynamics and
- neural processing and brain dynamics

The invited speakers talks will be accompanied by student talks chosen
from the received abstracts.

For a complete schedule, list of speakers and details of talks, please visit our website,

Registration is open at

We hope to see you in Goettingen,

The organizing team from the IMPRS-PBCS

Sakyasingha Dasgupta
PhD Student
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
Department for Computational Neuroscience
III Physikalisches Institut - Biophysik, room F.01.144
Friedrich-Hund Platz 1
37077, Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0) 551 3910-20258
Fax: +49 (0) 551 397-720

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