Neural Computation Symposium

pascal@icsc.ab.ca
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 23:52:52 +0200 (MET DST)

ANNOUNCEMENT / CALL FOR PAPERS

Second International ICSC Symposium on
NEURAL COMPUTATION / NC'2000
To be held at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany
May 23-26, 2000

http//www.icsc.ab.ca/nc2000.htm

SYMPOSIUM CHAIR
Prof. Hans Heinrich Bothe
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Department of Information Technology
Building 344
DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark
Email: hhb@it.dtu.dk
Phone: +45-4525-3632
Fax: +45-4588-0117

PUBLICATION CHAIR
Prof. Raul Rojas
Freie Universitšt Berlin
Institut Informatik / FB Mathematik
Takustrasse 9
D - 14195 Berlin / Germany
Email: rojas@inf.fu-berlin.de
Fax: +49-30-8387-5109


SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZER
ICSC International Computer Science Conventions
P.O. Box 279
Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0 / Canada
Phone: +1-780-387-3546
Fax: +1-780-387-4329
Email: operating@icsc.ab.ca
WWW: http//www.icsc.ab.ca

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Igor Aleksander, Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, U.K.
Peter G. Anderson, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA
Horst Bischof, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Ruediger W. Brause, J.W. Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
Juan Lopez Coronado, Universidad Polotecnica de Cartagena, Spain
Ludwig Cromme, Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet Cottbus, Germany
Chris deSilva, University of Western Australia Crawley, Australia
Georg Dorffner, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Vienna, Austria
Gunhan Dundar, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
Bernd Fritzke, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
Kunihiko Fukushima, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan
Wulfram Gerstner, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Stan Gielen, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
Marco Gori, University of Siena, Italy
Bruce Graham, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
Dorothea Heiss-Czedik, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Michael Heiss, Siemens Vienna, Austria
Giacomo Indiveri, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
Lakhmi C. Jain, University of South Australia, The Levels, Australia
Nikola Kasabov, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Bart Kosko, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA, USA
Rudolf Kruse, University of Magedburg, Germany
Te-Won Lee, Salk Institute & University of California, San Diego, USA
Fa-Long Luo, R&D Department, Redwood City, USA
G.Nicolas Marichal, University of La Laguna Tenerife, Spain
Giuseppe Martinelli, University of Rome 1, Italy
Klaus-Robert Mueller, GMD First, Berlin, Germany
Fazel Naghdy, University of Wollongong, Australia
M. Palaniswami, University of Melbourne, Australia
Guenther Palm, University of Ulm, Germany
Yoh-Han Pao, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, USA
Alexander V. Pavlov, Laboratory for Optical Fuzzy Systems, St. Petersburg, Russia
Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Raul Rojas, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Germany
V. David Sanchez A., Falon, Inc., San Diego CA, USA
Bernd Schuermann, Siemens ZFE, Munich, Germany
J.S. Shawe-Taylor, Royal Holloway University of London, U.K.
Peter Sincak, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
Nigel Steele, Coventry University, U.K.
Rainer Stotzka, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany
Piotr Szczepaniak, Technical University of Lodz, Poland
Csaba Szepesvari, University of Szeged, Hungary
Henning Tolle, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany
Shiro Usui, Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan
Luis Alfredo Vidal de Carvalho, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto C. Villas-Boas, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lipo Wang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Klaus Weber, Technical University of Cottbus, Germany
Andreas Weingessel, Technical University Vienna, Austria
Takeshi Yamakawa, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan
Andreas Zell, Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany
Tom Ziemke, University of Skoevde, Sweden
Jacek M. Zurada, University of Louisville, K.Y., USA

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SPONSORS

Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft fuer Produktionsanlagen, Berlin, Germany (FHG-IPK)
ICSC International Computer Science Conventions, Canada/Switzerland

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INTRODUCTION

The science of neural computation focusses on mathematical aspects to solve complex practical problems, and it also seeks to help neurology, brain theory and cognitive psychology in the understanding of the functioning of the nervous system by means of computational models of neurons, neural nets and subcellular processes. NC'2000 aims to become a major point of contact for research scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world in the field of Neural Computation. Participants will share the latest research, developments and ideas in the wide arena of disciplines encompassed under the heading of NC'2000 as a follow-up of the most successful NC'98 conference in Vienna, Austria.

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TOPICS

Contributions are sought in areas based on the list below, which is indicative only. Contributions from new applications areas are welcome.

COMPUTATIONAL NEURAL NETWORK MODELS
- Artificial neural network paradigms
- Knowledge representation
- Learing and generalization
- Probabilistic neural networks
- Information theoretic approaches
- Time-coded neural networks
- Pulse-coded neural networks
- Self-organization
- Cellular automata
- Hybrid systems (e.g. neuro-fuzzy, GA, evolutionary strategies)
- Chaos in neural networks
- Statistical and numerical aspects

NEUROPHYSIOLOGICALLY INSPRIED MODELS
- Neurophysiological foundations
- Spiking neuron models and neuron assemblies
- Models of brain centers and sensory pathways
- Sensormotor integration
- Sensation, Perception and Attention
- Spatio-temporal Orientation
- Reactive Behavior

SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE IMPLEMENTATIONS
- Simulation and Graphical Programming Tools
- Distributed Systems
- Neuro-chips, -controllers and -computers
- Analog and Digital Electronic Implementations
- Optic, Holographic Implementations

NEURAL NETWORK APPLICATIONS
- Pre-processing and Feature Extraction
- Sound, Speech and Image Processing
- Pattern Recognition and System Identification
- Computer Vision, Feature Binding and Image Understanding
- Autonomous Sensor Systems, Multivariate Sensor Fusion
- Robotics and Control
- Behavior based Exploration and Planning
- Power Systems
- Environmental Systems
- Decision Support Systems
- Medical Applications
- Operational Research and Logistics

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SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

NC'2000 will include invited plenary talks, contributed sessions, invited sessions, workhops and tutorials.

At present, the following special sessions are in preparation

SELF-ORGANIZING MAPS MODIFICATION, EXTENSION AND APPLICATION
with a tutorial by Prof. Teuvo Kohonen, who is the 'inventor' of SOM's
Session Chair Dr. Udo Seiffert, University of Magdeburg, Germany

NONLINEAR DYNAMICS AND NEURAL FIELDS FOR THE ANALYSIS AND ORGANIZATION OF BEHAVIOR
with participation by Prof. S.-I. Amari, Riken Institute, Japan, who is the founder of the mathematical formulation of neural fields.
Session Chair Prof. Werner von Seelen, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

ANN IN BIOMEDICINE
Session Chair Prof. Piotr Szczepaniak, Technical University of Lodz, Poland

OPTICS IN FUZZY SET THEORY
Session Chair Dr. Alexander V. Pavlov, Laboratory for Optical Fuzzy Systems, St. Petersburg, Russia

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INVITED SESSIONS

The organization of invited sessions is encouraged. Prospective organizers are requested to send a session proposal (consisting of 4-5 invited papers, the recommended session-chair and co-chair, as well as a short statement describing the title and the purpose of the session to the Symposium Chairman or the Symposium Organizer. Invited sessions should preferably start with a tutorial paper. The registration fee of the session organizer will be waived, if at least 4 authors of invited papers register to the conference.

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POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Poster presentations are encouraged for people who wish to receive peer feedback and practical examples of applied research are particularly welcome. Poster sessions will allow the presentation and discussion of respective papers, which will also be included in the conference proceedings.

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WORKSHOPS, TUTORIALS AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS

Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible to the Symposium Chairman or the Symposium Organizer.

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SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Prospective authors are requested to either send a draft paper (maximum 7 pages) or an extended abstract for review by the International Program Committee. All papers must be written in English, starting with a succinct statement of the problem, the results achieved, their significance and a comparison with previous work.

Submissions must be received by October 31, 1999. Regular papers, as well as poster presentations, tutorial papers and invited sessions are encouraged.

The submission should also include
- Title of conference (NC'2000)
- Type of paper (regular, poster, tutorial or invited)
- Title of proposed paper
- Authors names, affiliations, addresses
- Name of author to contact for correspondence
- E-mail address and fax # of contact author
- Topics which best describe the paper (max. 5 keywords)
- Short CV of authors (recommended)

Contributions are welcome from those working in industry and having experience in the topics of this conference as well as from academics. The conference language is English.

It is strongly recommended to submit abstracts by electronic mail to

operating@icsc.ab.ca

or else by fax or mail (2 copies) to the following address

ICSC Canada
P.O. Box 279
Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0
Canada
Fax +1-780-387-4329

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BEST PRESENTATION AWARDS

The best oral and poster presentations will be honored with best presentation awards.

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PUBLICATIONS

Conference proceedings (including all accepted papers) will be published by ICSC Academic Press and be available for the delegates at the symposium in printed form or on CD-ROM.

Authors of a selected number of innovative papers will be invited to submit extended manuscripts for publication in prestigious international journals.

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IMPORTANT DATES

- Submission Deadline: October 31, 1999
- Notification of Acceptance: December 31, 1999
- Delivery of full papers: February 15, 2000
- Tutorials and Workshops: May 23, 2000
- NC'2000 Symposium: May 24-26, 2000

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ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation at reasonable rates will be available at nearby hotels. Full details will follow with the letters of acceptance.

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SOCIAL AND TOURIST ACTIVITIES

A social program will be organized and also be available for accompanying persons.

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THE FASCINATING CITY OF BERLIN

The old and new capital of Germany is a mecca for scientists and cultural enthusiasts, for day workers and night owls. Charming with its several opera houses, concert halls, cabarets, and beer gardens, Berlin is full of spontaneous cultural events or happenings. As an urban building site for the future, it is at the same time a living contradiction and a casual place with relaxation areas and large parks right in the city center. The fine nature, pine tree forests, and 1001 lakes around the city supply Berlin with it s very specific sparkling air in spring time. No other city in Germany has during the last 100 years played such a prominent role in history and in the imagination of the people Social and industrial revolution in the last century, world war I and later manifestation of the first German republic, the 'Golden Twenties', nazis dictatorship and world war II, splitting by the Berlin Wall, 'economic miracle' in the west and socialistic showpiece city in the east, '68 s!
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dent and alternative lifestyle movement in the west and peace movement in the east, and finally, the fall of the Wall. Berlin tempts with its many research facilities, and it is Germany's largest industrial city with headquarters or dependences of most major companies. At present, approximately 3.5 million inhabitants live in the reunified city, among which more than 120.000 students, who study in three universities and twelve colleges or schools of arts.
Berlin ist eine Reise wert.
Welcome!

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Fully updated information is available from

http//www.icsc.ab.ca/nc2000.htm

You may also contact

- ICSC International Computer Science Conventions
P.O. Box 279
Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0 / Canada
Phone: +1-780-387-3546
Fax: +1-780-387-4329
Email: operating@icsc.ab.ca

or, for specific scientific requests, the symposium chairman.

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