ICCNS'2001: invited speaker program and call for abstracts

Subject: ICCNS'2001: invited speaker program and call for abstracts
From: Cynthia Bradford (cindy@cns.bu.edu)
Date: Tue Dec 12 2000 - 11:24:10 MET

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Tutorials: May 30, 2001; Meeting: May 31 - June 2, 2001

Boston University

This interdisciplinary conference focuses on two fundamental questions:
How Does the Brain Control Behavior?
How Can Technology Emulate Biological Intelligence?

A single oral or poster session enables all presented work to be
highly visible.

Contributed talks will be presented on each of the three conference days.

Three-hour poster sessions with no conflicting events will be held
on two of the conference days. All posters will be up all day, and can
also be viewed during breaks in the talk schedule.


TUTORIAL SPEAKERS: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Ted Adelson: The perception of surface properties

Yiannis Aloimonos: What geometry and statistics tell us about the
motion pathway

Gail A. Carpenter: Adaptive resonance theory

Michael Jordan: Inference and learning in graphical models


Thursday, May 31, 2001

Larry Abbott: Spike-timing effects in Hebbian synaptic plasticity

Wulfram Gerstner: Rapid signal transmission by populations of spiking neurons

Wolfgang Maass: Towards a computational theory for spiking neurons

Nancy Kopell: Rhythms and cell assemblies in the nervous system

Henry Markram: Neuronal, synaptic, and network mechanisms of perception,
attention, and memory

Victor Lamme: The role of recurrent processing in visual awareness

Wolf Singer: Neuronal synchrony in cerebral cortex and its functional
implications (keynote lecture)

Friday, June 1, 2001

Ralph D. Freeman: Organization of receptive fields of neurons in the
primary visual cortex

Nikos Logothetis: Functional magnetic resonance imaging of the monkey brain

David J. Heeger: Linking visual perception with human brain activity

Maggie Shiffrar: The visual analysis of moving bodies

Stephen Grossberg: What and where fusion: Motion, number, and object

Allen Waxman: Multi-sensor image fusion technologies

Saturday, June 2, 2001

Peter L. Strick: Basal ganglia and cerebellar "loops" with the cerebral
cortex: Motor and cognitive circuits

Richard Ivry: Timing, temporal coupling, and response selection

Daniel Bullock: Action selection and reinforcement learning in a model
of laminar frontal cortex and the basal ganglia

Christoph Schreiner: Spectro-temporal receptive field transformation in
auditory thalamo-cortical system

Rochel Gelman: Continuity and discontinuity in cognitive development:
Numerical cognition as a case

Maja Mataric: From what you see to what you do: Imitation in humans
and humanoid robots

Leon Cooper: Bi-directionally modifiable synapses: From theoretical
fantasy to experimental fact (keynote lecture)


Session Topics:
* vision
* object recognition
* image understanding
* audition
* speech and language
* unsupervised learning
* supervised learning
* reinforcement and emotion
* sensory-motor control
* spatial mapping and navigation
* neural circuit models
* neural system models
* mathematics of neural systems
* robotics
* hybrid systems (fuzzy, evolutionary, digital)
* neuromorphic VLSI
* industrial applications
* cognition, planning, and attention
* other
Contributed abstracts must be received, in English, by January 31,
2001. Notification of acceptance will be provided by email by
February 28, 2001. A meeting registration fee of $50 for regular
attendees and $35 for students must accompany each Abstract. See
Registration Information for details. The fee will be returned if
the Abstract is not accepted for presentation and publication in
the meeting proceedings. Registration fees of accepted abstracts
will be returned on request only until April 20, 2001.

Each Abstract should fit on one 8.5" x 11" white page with 1" margins
on all sides, single-column format, single-spaced, Times Roman or
similar font of 10 points or larger, printed on one side of the page
only. Fax submissions will not be accepted. Abstract title, author
name(s), affiliation(s), mailing, and email address(es) should begin
each Abstract. An accompanying cover letter should include: Full title
of Abstract; corresponding author and presenting author name, address,
telephone, fax, and email address; and a first and second choice from
among the topics above, including whether it is biological (B) or
technological (T) work. Example: first choice: vision (T); second
choice: neural system models (B). (Talks will be 15 minutes long.
Posters will be up for a full day. Overhead, slide, and VCR facilities
will be available for talks.) Abstracts which do not meet these
requirements or which are submitted with insufficient funds will be
returned. Accepted Abstracts will be printed in the conference
proceedings volume. No longer paper will be required. The original
and 3 copies of each Abstract should be sent to: Cynthia Bradford,
Boston University, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, 677
Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is recommended. To
register, please fill out the registration form below. Student
registrations must be accompanied by a letter of verification from a
department chairperson or faculty/research advisor. If accompanied by
an Abstract or if paying by check, mail to the address above. If
paying by credit card, mail as above, or fax to (617) 353-7755, or
email to cindy@cns.bu.edu. The registration fee will help to pay for
a reception, 6 coffee breaks, and the meeting proceedings.

STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships for PhD candidates and postdoctoral
fellows are available to help cover meeting travel and living costs.
The deadline to apply for fellowship support is January 31, 2001.
Applicants will be notified by email by February 28, 2001. Each
application should include the applicant's CV, including name; mailing
address; email address; current student status; faculty or PhD research
advisor's name, address, and email address; relevant courses and other
educational data; and a list of research articles. A letter from the
listed faculty or PhD advisor on official institutional stationery
should accompany the application and summarize how the candidate may
benefit from the meeting. Fellowship applicants who also submit an
Abstract need to include the registration fee with their submission.
Fellowship checks will be distributed after the meeting.


Fifth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tutorials: May 30, 2001
Meeting: May 31 - June 2, 2001
FAX: (617) 353-7755

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The conference registration fee includes the meeting program, reception,
two coffee breaks each day, and meeting proceedings. The tutorial
registration fee includes tutorial notes and two coffee breaks.


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