[visionlist] Columbia Workshop on Brain Circuits, Memory and Computation 2018

Columbia Workshop on Brain Circuits, Memory and Computation 2018

BCMC 2018March 15-16, 2018 Center for Neural Engineering and Computation Columbia University, New York, NY, USA


The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers interested in developing

executable models of neural computation/processing of the brain of model organisms.

Of interest are models of computation that consist of elementary units of processing

using brain circuits and memory elements. Elementary units of computation/processing

include population encoding/decoding circuits with biophysically-grounded neuron models,

non-linear dendritic processors for motion detection/direction selectivity, spike processing

and pattern recognition neural circuits, movement control and decision-making circuits, etc.

Memory units include models of spatio-temporal memory circuits, circuit models for memory

access and storage, etc. A major aim of the workshop is to explore the integration of various

sensory and control circuits in higher brain centers.

A Fruit Fly Brain Hackathon is being conducted in conjunction with the workshop.

Workshop participants are welcome to attend the hackathon.


Registration is free but all participants have to register. Thank you!

Organizer and Program Chair

Aurel A. Lazar, Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University.

Program Overview (Confirmed Speakers)

Misha B. Ahrens, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Davi Bock, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA.

Claude Desplan, Department of Biology, New York University.

Mark A. Frye, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles.

C. Giovanni Galizia, Department of Biology, University of Konstanz.

Maria N. Geffen
[ geffenlab. weebly. com/maria. html ] , Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Department of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania.

Hokto Kazama, Riken Brain Science Institute, Tokyo.

Donggen Luo, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Peking University, Beijing.

Thomas Nowotny, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex.

Pavan Ramdya, Brain Mind Institute, EPFL, Lausanne.

Aravinthan D.T. Samuel, Department of Physics and center for Brain Science, Harvard University.

Simon G. Sprecher, Department of Biology, University of Fribourg.

Seth Tomchik, The Scripps Research Institute Florida.

Joshua T. Vogelstein, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Computational Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

Scott Waddell, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford.

Anthony M. Zador, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.




[visionlist] Disguised Faces in the Wild at CVPR 2018

1st International Workshop and Competition on Disguised Faces in the Wild at CVPR 2018

With recent advancements in deep learning, the capabilities of automatic face recognition has been significantly increased. However, face recognition in unconstrained environment with non-cooperative users is still a research challenge, pertinent for users such as law enforcement agencies. While several covariates such as pose, expression, illumination, aging, and low resolution have received significant attention, “disguise” is still considered an arduous covariate of face recognition. As shown in the figure below, disguise as a covariate involves both intentional and unintentional changes on a face through which one can either obfuscate his/her identity or impersonate someone else’s identity. The problem can be further exacerbated due to unconstrained environment or “in the wild” scenarios. However, disguise in the wild has not been studied in a comprehensive way, primarily due to unavailability of such as database. As part of this workshop, we will conduct a competition in which participants will be asked to show their results on the proposed disguised faces in the wild (DFW) database. Top performing algorithms will be asked to submit their papers in the workshop and selected papers will be invited for presentation. We will also allow other paper submissions, even if the authors have not participated in the competition. 

We invite researchers to participate in the “Disguised faces in the wild” competition and submit their research papers in the workshop. The scope of the workshop is:- Face recognition with disguise variations- Methods for impersonating identities using disguise- Methods for detecting disguise variations- Face recognition with makeup variations- Recognizing partially occluded facesORGANIZERS General Chairs: Rama Chellappa Program Chairs: Nalini Ratha and Mayank Vatsa Data and Competition Evaluation Chair: Richa Singh

[visionlist] Faculty position in Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at National Central University, Taiwan

The Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience of National Central University in Taiwan invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level or above to begin August 1st, 2018, with the possibility to start later until the position is filled. We are seeking an outstanding individual with a strong theoretical and computational grounding and expertise in experimental studies of cognitive neuroscience. The successful applicant should demonstrate a firm commitment to excellence in research, scholarship, and the teaching of graduate and undergraduate students.

1. Specialization: 

a. Applicants in all subfields of cognitive neuroscience are welcomed.

b. Applicants with the specialties in interdisciplinary research, and/or have extensive experience in applying cognitive neuroscience to practice (e.g., educational or clinical settings, industrial fields) are strongly encouraged to apply.

c. Applicants need to be equipped with the abilities to teach courses at graduate and undergrad levels in English. The ability to teach courses in Chinese and previous teaching experience are desirable but not required.

2. Requirements:

a. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in the fields related to cognitive neuroscience and/or to cognitive psychology.

b. Applicants should have a strong record of experimental research.

c. Applicants should have the ability to teach courses at graduate and undergrad levels in English.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (including two referees with contact information), a photocopy of certified diplomas and/or certificates, a list of selected publications, as well as the statements of teaching philosophy and research directions, to the following mailing or email address:

Search Committee

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

College of Health Sciences and Technology

National Central University

No.300, Jhongda Rd., Jhongli District,

Taoyuan City 32001, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Questions about the position should be directed to the Search Committee:

email: ncu5200@ncu.edu.tw

Tel: +886-3-426-3501

Fax: +886-3-426-3502

Early Application Deadline: February 10, 2018

[visionlist] COSYNE 2018: Cosyne tutorial session, Travel grants, Registration


Computational and Systems Neuroscience 2018 (Cosyne)

01 – 04 March 2018
Denver, Colorado

05 – 06 March 2018
Breckenridge, Colorado




Online registration is now open.
Travel grant submission is now open.
Hotel booking is currently open.

Travel grant application deadlines
Dec 31, 2017, 11.59PM PST (*Undergraduate* Travel Grant)
Jan 17, 2018, 11.59PM PST (Other travel grants)

[visionlist] Spatial Cognition 2018: Call for Papers

***adjusted timeline for submissions***

Spatial Cognition Conference 2018 (SC 2018) will be held in Tuebingen, Germany, 5-8 September 2018. Spatial Cognition is a transdisciplinary conference that will bring together researchers working on a diverse set of topics using a plethora of methods
addressing, for example, biologically inspired systems, spatial learning, communication, interaction, robotics, perception or place. In the finest tradition of fostering transdisciplinary exchange, the conference is organized as a single-track. The final program
and the associated proceedings will be the result of a selective review process and will include invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations of refereed submissions. The main conference will be accompanied by one day of workshops and tutorials,
poster presentation sessions, as well as a doctoral student session. Every effort is being made to keep conference expenses affordable, particularly for student attendees. Papers presented at the conference will be published Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial


General Chair:
Prof Alexander Klippel, The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA

Program Co-Chairs:
Prof Sarah Creem-Regehr, The University of Utah, UT, USA
Prof Johannes Schöning, University Bremen, Germany

Local Organization:
Prof Hanspeter Mallot, University of Tübingen, Germany
Prof Heinrich Bülthoff, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
Dr. Tobias Meilinger, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany

Workshop and Tutorial Chair:
Dr. Heather Burte, Tufts University, USA

Doctoral Colloquium Chair:
Dr. a/prof Liz Chrastil, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Poster Chair:
Lace Padilla, The University of Utah, UT, USA


Prof. Nira Liberman, The Gershon G. Gordon Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. William H. Warren, Brown University, USA

Prof. Luc van Gool, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Conference Topics

Papers containing original and unpublished work are solicited in all areas of spatial cognition, including (but not limited to) the following:

* Development of spatial knowledge
* Spatial education and learning
* Aging and spatial performance
* Spatial language and communication
* Spatial problem solving and reasoning
* Spatial assistance systems and applications
* Geospatial information science and systems
* Representations and processing of spatial information
* Virtual and augmented spaces
* Biology-inspired agents
* Robotic and human localization, navigation, way finding
* Mapping and exploration
* Motion and path planning
* Learning for robotic Systems
* Human-Robot Interaction
* spatial interaction and collaboration

Important Dates and Details


Tuebingen, Germany


Workshops: September 5th 2018

Main conference: September 6th to September 8th 2018


Submission deadlines:

— Full Papers: March 1st 2018

— Notification for full papers: May 4th, 2018

— Posters (abstracts): May 25th, 2018

— Notification for posters: June 10th, 2018

— Doctoral Colloquium: tba

Information for Authors

Full paper track: All papers submitted will be thoroughly peer reviewed by a minimum of three members of the international program committee. A selection
of high quality papers will be accepted for both presentation at the conference and published as Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence by Springer. It is essential that manuscripts must describe origial work that has neither been published nor should it
currently be under review in a different outlet. The language of the conference, including the proceedings, is English and papers should be written in an acceptable style. Papers need to be formatted according to Springer Lecture Note Style and paper length
should not exceed 15 pages. For more details, refer to the formatting instructions below.

Posters: Poster submissions in form of extended abstracts are welcome to showcase work in progress, polished ideas, or emerging themes. Abstracts should
not exceed 500 words and should be formatted in the same way as full papers (see below). Poster abstracts will be made available as unpublished poster proceedings.

Proceedings: Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence

Submission Information

Submission for review.
Spatial Cognition 2018 is using easy chair as its conference management system. Formatted papers should be submitted as PDF through the corresponding website on
(see website)

Final submission. Accepted papers that have undergone revisions should be submitted through easy chair.

Formatting Instructions (all submissions)

Formatting instructions for all submissions (full paper, poster, workshop proposals, and doctoral colloquium) are following Springer Lecture Notes
in Artificial Intelligence. Detailed instructions can be found on the corresponding
Springer Website.
(see website)



Sarah Creem-Regehr


Department of Psychology

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT 84112





[visionlist] European Summer School on Eye Movements (ESSEM) 2018 – FIRST CALL

European Summer School on Eye Movements (ESSEM) 2018 – FIRST CALL

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the European Summer School on Eye Movements
(ESSEM) 2018. ESSEM brings together internationally renowned researchers
to teach students of all levels in the scientific foundations of eye
movement research and the design and analysis of eye movement studies in
basic (psychology, neuroscience), clinical (psychiatry, neurology) and
industrial (marketing, economics, usability) settings.

ESSEM 2018 is organised by Ulrich Ettinger (Bonn) and Christoph Klein
(Freiburg/Cologne) and will be held at the Department of Psychology,
University of Bonn, Germany, from 10th to 15th September 2018.

The course fee of €350 includes participation in ESSEM as well as
catering (lunch, tea/coffee) during the summer school.

The deadline for applications is 15th February 2018 23:59 CET.

For further information, please visit http://www.essem.info or email us on

Best wishes
Ulrich Ettinger

[visionlist] Postdoc Positions, AI in Medical Imaging, University of Pennsylvania