VisionScienceList: Boston University, May 2000 conference

Cynthia Bradford (
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 16:25:41 -0500

***** CALL FOR PAPERS *****

Tutorials: May 24, 2000
Meeting: May 25-27, 2000

Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Sponsored by Boston University's
Center for Adaptive Systems
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
with financial support from the National Science Foundation

This interdisciplinary conference has drawn about 300 people from around
the world each time that it has been offered. Last year's conference was
attended by scientists from 31 countries. The conference is structured to
facilitate intense communication between its participants, both in the
formal sessions and during its other activities. As during previous years,
the millennium conference will focus on solutions to the fundamental

How Does the Brain Control Behavior?

How Can Technology Emulate Biological Intelligence?

The conference will include invited tutorials and lectures, and contributed
lectures and posters by experts on the biology and technology of how the
brain and other intelligent systems adapt to a changing world. The conference
is aimed at researchers and students of computational neuroscience,
connectionist cognitive science, artificial neural networks, neuromorphic
engineering, and artificial intelligence.

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

Abstract submissions encourage submissions of the latest results.

Costs are kept at a minimum without compromising the quality of meeting
handouts and social events.


Richard Andersen: "Reach plans in eye-coordinates"

Jean Bullier: "Role of feedback connections and timing in visual
information processing"

Daniel Bullock: "How the brain composes actions"

Gail Carpenter: "Adaptive resonance theory"

Jennifer Cole: "Cognitive and processing constraints on spoken language:
Evidence from phonology"

Robert Desimone: "Neuronal mechanisms for selective attention"

Rodney Douglas: "Computational implications of cortical architecture"

Timothy Ebner: "Sequential processing of motor control signals in the
premotor and primary motor cortices: A multiplexing strategy"

Michael Goldberg: "Beyond the receptive field: Spatially accurate visual
processing in monkey cerebral cortex"

Steven Greenberg: "What are the essential cues for understanding spoken

Stephen Grossberg: "Distributed learning, planning, and control of eye

Nancy Kanwisher: "fMRI investigations of visual attention"

Jack Loomis: "Visual space perception in real and virtual environments"

Ennio Mingolla: "Perceptual learning, surface color, cortical feedback and
the McCullough effect"

Michael Mozer: "Temporal dynamics of information transmission in cognitive

Michael Paradiso: "What do neurons in visual cortex see?"

Alex Pentland: "Audio-visual learning"

Ronald Rensink: "The dynamics of visual attention"

Walter Schneider: "Functional imaging of the modules of human learning"

Shihab Shamma: "Representation of pitch and timbre in the auditory system"

Robert Shapley: "Dynamics of visual responses in the primary visual cortex"

Paul Smolensky: "Optimality in networks and grammars"

David Touretzky: "Partial remapping and the structure of hippocampal maps"

William Warren: "Visual control of locomotion from optic flow"


Session Topics:
* vision * spatial mapping and navigation
* object recognition * neural circuit models
* image understanding * neural system models
* audition * mathematics of neural systems
* speech and language * robotics
* unsupervised learning * hybrid systems (fuzzy, evolutionary, digital)
* supervised learning * neuromorphic VLSI
* reinforcement and emotion * industrial applications
* sensory-motor control * cognition, planning, and attention
* other

Contributed abstracts must be received, in English, by January 28,
2000. Notification of acceptance will be provided by email by
February 29, 2000. 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 14, 2000.

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 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 cover meeting travel and living costs. The
deadline to apply for fellowship support is January 28, 2000. Applicants
will be notified by email by February 29, 2000. 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. Students who also
submit an Abstract need to include the registration fee with their Abstract.
Fellowship checks will be distributed after the meeting.


Fourth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tutorials: May 24, 2000
Meeting: May 25-27, 2000
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.


( ) $75 Conference plus Tutorial (Regular)
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