[visionlist] COSYNE 2019: Call for workshop proposals

Tomas Hromadka tomas.hromadka at gmail.com
Mon Sep 10 18:44:34 -05 2018


Computational and Systems Neuroscience 2019 (Cosyne)

28 February - 03 March 2019
Lisbon, Portugal

04 - 05 March 2019
Cascais, Portugal




PRE-PROPOSAL DEADLINE: 30 September 2018


In an effort to coordinate submissions, the organizers are *strongly
encouraged* to submit a pre-proposal by *30 September 2018.*
Pre-proposals will be shared among submitters. Pre-proposals are not
mandatory, but workshops with a pre-proposal will have priority. The
organizers may submit the full proposal by its deadline.

A series of workshops will be held after the main Cosyne meeting
(www.cosyne.org). The goal is to provide an informal forum for the
discussion of important research questions and challenges. Controversial
issues, open problems, comparisons of competing approaches, and
alternative viewpoints are encouraged.

The overarching goal of all workshops should be the integration of
empirical and theoretical approaches, in an environment that fosters
collegial discussion and debate. Preference will be given to proposals
that differ substantially in content, scope, and/or approach from
workshops of recent years (examples available at Cosyne.org -> Workshops).

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: sensory processing;
motor planning and control; functional neural circuits; motivation,
reward and decision making; learning and memory; adaptation and
plasticity; neural coding; neural circuitry and network models; and
methods in computational or systems neuroscience.

In order to foster discussion within Workshops and reduce overlap
between workshops, organizers should inform invited speakers that a
single person should not speak in more than one of the Workshops taking
place on the same day.


- There will be 4-8 workshops/day, running in parallel.
- Each workshop is expected to draw between 15 and 80 people.
- The workshops will be split into morning (8.00-11.00 AM) and afternoon
(4.30-7.30 PM) sessions.
- Workshops will be held at Cascais, a coastal village ~34 km west of
Lisbon. Buses from the main conference will be provided. .


Submission instructions for workshop (pre)-proposals are available at
Cosyne.org -> Workshops.

PRE-PROPOSALS should include:

- Name(s) and email address(es) of the organizers (no more than 2
organizers per session, please). A primary contact should be designated.
- A title.
- A brief description of 1) what the workshop will address and
accomplish, 2) why the topic is of interest, 3) who is the targeted
group of participants.
- Names of potential invitees, with indication of confirmed speakers.
Preference will be given to workshops with the most confirmed speakers.
- Proposed workshop length (1 or 2 days). Most workshops will be limited
to a single day. If you think your workshop needs two days, please
explain why.
- A brief resume of the workshop organizer along with a short list of
workshop-relevant publications (about half a page total).

FULL PROPOSALS should include the list of confirmed speakers in addition
to components required for a pre-proposal.

Workshop organizer responsibilities include coordinating workshop
participation and content, scheduling all speakers and submitting a
final schedule for the workshop program, and moderating the discussion.
Organizers can be speakers but need not speak depending on scheduling


Experience has shown that the best discussions during a workshop are
those that arise spontaneously. A good way to foster these is to have
short talks and long question periods (e.g. 30+15 minutes), and have
plenty of breaks. We recommend fewer than 10 talks.

When preparing pre-proposals and full proposals, the organizers are
encouraged to:

- address timeliness of workshop in the proposal: what new insights have
been generated (new papers, data, techniques, whatever) over the past
few years that make now the right time for discussing them and for
presenting them to the wider community?

- directly describe how speakers address the central topic, e.g. which
are the big question(s), which speakers represent different viewpoints
on the same question, which experimentalist addresses the theories
addressed by which theoretician (and vice versa);

- address controversies and bring together speakers from different
“camps” in the same field, or from different fields that they think
should talk more to each other for whatever reason;


Detailed registration costs, etc, will be available at www.cosyne.org.
Please note: Cosyne does NOT provide travel funding for workshop
speakers. All workshop speakers are expected to pay for workshop
registration fees. Participants are encouraged to register early, in
order to qualify for discounted registration rates. One complementary
(free) organizer registration is provided per workshop. For workshops
with 2 organizers, the free registration can be given to one of the
organizers or split evenly between them.


Catherine Hartley (NYU) and Ralf Haefner (University of Rochester)


email: workshops [at] cosyne.org


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