[visionlist] Final Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

Stephen Grossberg steve at cns.bu.edu
Sat Jan 20 23:00:13 GMT 2007

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May 16 - 19, 2007

Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA

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

This interdisciplinary conference is attended 
each year by approximately 300 people from 30 
countries around the world. As in previous years, 
the conference will focus on solutions to the 



The conference is aimed at researchers and 
students of computational neuroscience, cognitive 
science, neural networks, neuromorphic 
engineering, and artificial intelligence. It 
includes invited 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 particularly interested in 
exploring how the brain and biologically-inspired 
algorithms and systems in engineering and 
technology can learn.  Single-track oral and 
poster sessions enable all presented work to be 
highly visible. Three-hour poster sessions with 
no conflicting events will be held on two of the 
conference days. Posters will be up all day, and 
can also be viewed during breaks in the talk 

Jorge L. Armony (McGill University)
Exploring the role of the amygdala in emotional processing
Gary Aston-Jones (Medical University of South Carolina)
The cortex in context: Locus coeruleus, optimal 
performance, and maximal utility
Nelson Cowan (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Differences between long-term, short-term, and working memory
Shimon Edelman (Cornell University)
Learning language: Rationalists do it by the 
rules, empiricists do it to the rules
James Enns (University of British Columbia )
Unconscious but under control: The role of 
intention in automated vision and action
Michael Graziano (Princeton University)
The organization of behavioral repertoire in motor cortex
Jennifer Groh (Duke University)
Looking at sounds: Neural computations for 
associating visual and auditory events
Stephen Grossberg (Boston University) (Plenary Lecture)
An emerging unified theory of cerebral cortex: From vision to cognition
Alice Healy (University of Colorado)
Training, retention, and transfer of knowledge and skills
Marcia K. Johnson (Yale University)
Using fMRI to explore components of reflective processing
Philip Kellman (UCLA)
Abstract relations in perception and perceptual learning
Bart Krekelberg (Rutgers University)
The neural basis of speed perception
Joseph E. LeDoux (New York University) (Plenary Lecture)
Fearful brains in an anxious world
Hal Pashler (University of California San Diego)
Enhancing learning and slowing forgetting: Some 
elementary (but neglected) questions
Luiz Pessoa (Indiana University)
Dynamic emotion perception: Neuroimaging studies 
of visual attention, awareness, and perceptual 
Pieter Roelfsema (University of Amsterdam)
Cortical algorithms for perceptual grouping
Deb Roy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Meaning machines
Reza Shadmehr (Johns Hopkins University)
Motor adaptation and the timescales of memory
Frank Tong (Vanderbilt University)
From brain reading to mind reading: fMRI studies of human visual perception

Workshop on Biologically-Inspired Cognitive Architectures
Daniel Bullock (Boston University)
Modeling neural circuits for reward-guided 
learning, evaluation, planning, and decision
Dario Floreano (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Enactive robot vision
Deepak Khosla (HRL)
Biologically-Inspired Cognitive Architecture for 
integrated LEarning, Action and Perception 
John Laird (University of Michigan)
TOSCA: Design and development challenges in brain-based cognitive architecture
William Ross (MIT Lincoln Laboratory)
Biologically inspired what-where video surveillance systems
Patrick Winston (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
biologically inspired
Steps toward ^ artificial intelligence


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

Contributed abstracts must be received, in 
English, by January 31, 2007. Email notification 
of acceptance will be provided by February 28, 
2007.  A meeting registration fee must accompany 
each Abstract. The fee will be returned if the 
Abstract is not accepted for presentation. Fees 
of accepted Abstracts will be returned on request 
only until April 13, 2007.

Each Abstract must fit on one side of an 8.5" x 
11" page with 1" margins on all sides in a 
single-spaced, single-column format with a font 
of 10 points or larger. The title, authors, 
affiliations, and surface and email addresses 
should begin each Abstract. A cover letter should 
include the abstract title; corresponding author 
and presenting author name, address, telephone, 
fax, and email address; requested preference for 
oral or poster presentation; and a first and 
second choice from 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 
displayed for a full day. Overhead, slide, and 
LCD computer projector facilities will be 
available for talks. Accepted Abstracts will be 
printed in the conference proceedings volume. No 
extended paper will be required.

Four copies of the Abstract should be mailed to 
Cynthia Bradford, Boston University, CNS 
Department, 677 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02215 
USA. Abstracts may also be submitted 
electronically as M/S Word files to 
<mailto:cindy at bu.edu>cindy at bu.edu using the 
phrase "11th ICCNS abstract submission" in the 
subject line. Fax submissions will not be 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is 
recommended using the registration form below. 
Student registrations must be accompanied by a 
letter of verification from a department 
chairperson or faculty/research advisor.

candidates and postdoctoral fellows who do not 
live in the Boston area are available to help 
cover travel costs. The application deadline is 
January 31, 2007. Email notification will occur 
by February 28, 2007. Fellowship applications 
must be submitted as paper hardcopy to the 
abstract submission address shown above. Each 
application should include the applicant's CV; 
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 institutional stationery must 
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 payment with 
their Abstract submission. Fellowship checks will 
be distributed after the meeting.

Eleventh International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems
May 16-19, 2007
Boston University
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA
Fax: +1 617 353 7755




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The registration fee includes the conference 
proceedings, a reception on Friday night, and 3 
coffee breaks each day.

(  ) $95 Conference (Regular)                     
(  ) $65 Conference (Student)         

METHOD OF PAYMENT (please fax or mail):

[   ] Enclosed is a check made payable to "Boston University"
Checks must be made payable in US dollars and 
issued by a US correspondent bank. Each 
registrant is responsible for any and all bank 

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