[visionlist] COSYNE 2023: Meeting announcement; Call for Workshop Proposals; DEIA Committee

Tomas Hromadka tomas.hromadka at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 12:07:58 -04 2022


Computational and Systems Neuroscience 2023 (Cosyne)

09 - 12 March 2023

13 - 14 March 2023




The annual Cosyne meeting provides an inclusive forum for the exchange of empirical and theoretical approaches to problems in systems neuroscience, in order to understand how neural systems function.

The MAIN MEETING is single-track. A set of invited talks is selected by the Executive Committee, and additional talks and posters are selected by the Program Committee, based on submitted abstracts. The WORKSHOPS feature in-depth discussion of current topics of interest, in a small group setting.

All abstract submissions will be reviewed double blind. The deadline for Abstract submission will be 23 November 2022.

Cosyne topics include but are not limited to: neural basis of behavior, sensory and motor systems, circuitry, learning, neural coding, natural scene statistics, dendritic computation, neural basis of persistent activity, nonlinear receptive field mapping, representations of time and sequence, reward systems, decision-making, synaptic plasticity, map formation and plasticity, population coding, attention, neuromodulation, and computation with spiking networks.

We would like to foster increased participation from experimental groups as well as computational ones. Please circulate widely and encourage your students and postdocs to apply.


   Abstract submission opens:     05 October 2022
   Workshop proposals deadline:   07 November 2022
   Abstract submission deadline:  23 November 2022

When preparing an abstract, authors should be aware that not all abstracts can be accepted for the meeting. Abstracts will be selected based on the clarity with which they convey the substance, significance, and originality of the work to be presented.

   General Chairs: Laura Busse (LMU Munich) and Tim Vogels (IST Austria)
   Program Chairs: Jessica Cardin (Yale) and Blake Richards (McGill)
   Workshop Chairs: Anna Schapiro (U Penn) and Andrew Saxe (Oxford)
   Tutorial Chair: Kanaka Rajan (Mount Sinai)
   DEIA Committee: Hysell Oviedo (CUNY) and Aman Saleem (UCL)
   Undergraduate Travel Chairs: Angela Langdon (Princeton) and Sashank Pisupati (Princeton)
   Fundraising Chair: Michael Long (NYU)
   Social Media Chair: Grace Lindsay (Columbia)
   Audio-Video Media Chair: Carlos Stein Brito (EPFL)
   Poster Design: Xaq Pitkow (Rice)

   Jessica Cardin (Yale) Co-chair
   Blake Richards (McGill) Co-chair
   Yashar Ahmadian (Cambridge)
   Mark Andermann (Harvard)
   Omri Barak (Technion)
   Brice Bathellier (Paris)
   Yoram Burak (Hebrew University)
   Johannes Burge (U Penn)
   Chandramouli Chandrasekaran (Boston U)
   SueYeon Chung (Columbia)
   Jeremiah Cohen (Allen Inst)
   Anne Collins (Berkeley)
   Christine Constantinople (NYU)
   Carina Curto (Penn State)
   Jan Drugowitsch (Harvard)
   Tatiana Engel (CSHL)
   Sean Escola (Columbia)
   Annegret Falkner (Princeton)
   Kevin Franks (Duke)
   Rainer Friedrich (FMI Basel)
   Andrea Hasenstaub (UCSF)
   Monika Jadi (Yale)
   Santiago Jaramillo (U Oregon)
   Kohitij Kar (MIT)
   Narayanan Kasthuri (U Chicago)
   Jens Kremkow (Berlin)
   Guillaume Lajoie (MILA)
   Sukbin Lim (Shanghai)
   Scott Linderman (Stanford)
   Ashok Litwin-Kumar (Columbia)
   Mackenzie Mathis (EPFL)
   Paul Miller (Brandeis)
   Ida Momennejad (Microsoft)
   Eilif Muller (U Montreal)
   Marieke Mur (Western U)
   Kathy Nagel (NYU)
   Daniel O'Connor (Johns Hopkins)
   Hysell Oviedo (CUNY)
   Il Memming Park (Stony Brook)
   Joseph Paton (Champalimaud)
   Adrien Peyrache (McGill)
   Xaq Pitkow (Rice)
   Kanaka Rajan (Mount Sinai)
   Nathalie Rochefort (Edinburgh)
   Aman Saleem (UCL)
   Cristina Savin (NYU)
   Tatyana Sharpee (Salk)
   Aparna Suvrathan (McGill)
   Saori Tanaka (ATR)
   Daniela Vallentin (MPI Ornithology)
   Melissa Warden (Cornell)
   Brad Wyble (U Penn)
   Marta Zlatic (Cambridge)

   Stephanie Palmer (U Chicago)
   Zachary Mainen (Champalimaud)
   Alexandre Pouget (U Geneva)
   Anthony Zador (CSHL)

    meeting [at] cosyne.org


The Cosyne Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) committee aims to promote practices of inclusiveness at the meeting. We are currently seeking two additional committee members to participate in the planning for Cosyne 2023. To get involved, please see www.cosyne.org for details on how to apply.


A series of workshops will be held after the main Cosyne meeting. 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.

- There will be 6-10 workshops/day, running in parallel.
- Each workshop is expected to draw between 15 and 80 people.
- The workshops will be split into morning and late afternoon sessions.
- Workshops will be held in Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada.
- Workshop speakers do NOT receive free registration, travel expenses, or accommodation for either the main meeting or the workshop sessions. Organizers should let invited speakers know that they are expected to pay for workshop registration fees.

Workshop organizer responsibilities include coordinating workshop participation and content, scheduling all speakers, submitting a final schedule for the workshop program, and moderating the discussion. Organizers can, but need not, be speakers. One complimentary (free) organizer registration is provided per workshop. For workshops with two organizers, the free registration can be given to one of the organizers or split evenly between them.

Any required multimedia resources beyond a projector, screen, and microphones will be the responsibility of the workshop organizers to coordinate with Cosyne and the workshop venue A/V staff.


As stated above, the goal of Cosyne workshops is to provide an interactive, informal forum for discussions. 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.

Workshop proposals will be evaluated by the Cosyne Workshop Chairs, and a subset of the proposals will be selected. The proposals will be evaluated according to the following six metrics (which will be weighted equally):

- Relevance to the Cosyne community
- Integration of experimental and theoretical issues
- Current interest in the topic in the scientific community
- Potential for new research directions and interactions to emerge
- Distinctive scope/approach compared to other workshops (including previous years’)
- Diversity and equity in the proposed speaker (we are looking for representation of women or nonbinary individuals, individuals from other underrepresented groups, and a balance of established and early career researchers)

WORKSHOP FULL PROPOSALS - Deadline 07 November 2022

Past years have involved pre-proposal submissions, but this year we will process only full submissions, with a deadline of 07 November 2022.

To submit your Cosyne 2023 Workshop Proposal, please visit Cosyne.org -> Workshops -> Call for Proposals

In order to foster discussion within Workshops and reduce overlap between workshops, organizers should inform invited speakers that a speaker can take part in no more than two Workshops.

The proposals will include:
- Name(s) and email address(es) of the organizers (2 organizers per session is strongly recommended, but 3 will be allowed).
- 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 and email addresses of speakers, who should already have agreed to participate should the proposal be accepted.
- 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(s) along with a short list of workshop-relevant publications (about half a page total).
- A description of how you have addressed diversity and equity in your workshop.  	

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 to have plenty of breaks. We recommend keeping the number of talks small (i.e., fewer than 10 talks per day).


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

   Anna Schapiro (U Penn) and Andrew Saxe (Oxford)

   workshops [at] cosyne.org

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