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Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop


This is a three-week workshop focused on neuromorphic engineering. The goal of the workshop is to bring together young investigators and more established researcher's from academia with their counterparts in industry and national laboratories, working on both neurobiological as well as engineering aspects of sensory systems and sensory-motor integration. The workshop is intense and active, with demonstration systems and hands-on-experience for all participants. These demonstrations are supplemented with lectures, but the focus is on the projects and interactions between participants rather than on passive exposure to knowledge.

2008 Workshop Announcement ::

The Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop
Call for Applications
Sunday, JUNE 29th - Saturday, JULY 19th, 2008
TELLURIDE, COLORADO

Avis COHEN (University of Maryland)
Rodney DOUGLAS (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Ralph ETIENNE-CUMMINGS (Johns Hopkins University)
Paul HASLER (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Timmer HORIUCHI (University of Maryland)
Giacomo INDIVERI (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Tobias Delbruck (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Terrence SEJNOWSKI (Salk Institute and UCSD)
Shihab SHAMMA (University of Maryland)
Barbara SHINN-CUNNINGHAM (Boston University)
Andre van SCHAIK(University of Sydney)

We invite applications for a three week summer workshop that will be held in Telluride, Colorado from Sunday, June 29th to Saturday, July 20th, 2008. The application deadline is Friday, March 23rd, and application instructions are described at the bottom of this document.

The 2008 Workshop and Summer School on Neuromorphic Engineering is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Neuromorphic Engineering, Air Force Office of Scientific Research,  Institute for Neuroinformatics - ETHZ, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland - College Park, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, University of Sydney, and the Salk Institute.

Last year's workshop was an exciting event and a great success. We strongly encourage interested parties to browse through the previous workshop web pages at: http://ine-web.org/workshops/past-workshops

GOALS:

Neuromorphic engineers design and fabricate artificial neural systems whose detailed architecture, design, and computational principles are based on those of biological nervous systems.  Over the past 12 years, this research community has focused on the understanding of low-level sensory processing and systems infrastructure; efforts are now expanding to apply this knowledge and infrastructure to addressing higher-level problems in perception, cognition, and learning.  The annual three-week intensive Workshop (held in Telluride, Colorado) consists of background lectures (from leading researchers in biological, cognitive, computational, engineering and learning sciences), practical tutorials (from state-of-the-art practitioners), hands-on projects (involving established researchers and newcomers/students), and special interest discussion groups (proposed by the workshop participants).  In this workshop and through the Institute for Neuromorphic Engineering (INE), the mission is to promote interaction between senior and junior researchers; to educate new members of the community; to introduce new enabling fields and applications to the community; to promote on-going collaborative activities emerging from the Workshop, and to promote a self-sustaining research field.

FORMAT:

The three week summer workshop will include background lectures on systems and cognitive neuroscience (in particular sensory processing, learning and memory, motor systems and attention), practical tutorials on analog VLSI design, mobile robots, hands-on projects, and special interest groups. Participants are required to take part and possibly complete at least one of the projects proposed. They are furthermore encouraged to become involved in as many of the other activities proposed as interest and time allow. There will be two lectures in the morning that cover issues that are important to the community in general. Because of the diverse range of backgrounds among the participants, many of these lectures will be tutorials, rather than detailed reports of current research. These lectures will be given by invited speakers. Participants will be free to explore and play with whatever they choose in the afternoon. Projects and interest groups meet in the late afternoons, and after dinner. In the early afternoon there will be tutorial on a wide spectrum of topics, including analog VLSI, mobile robotics, auditory systems, central-pattern-generators, selective attention mechanisms, cognitive systems, etc.

Projects that are carried out during the workshop will be centered in a number of working groups, including:

  • active vision
  • audition
  • motor control and locomotion
  • robotics
  • multichip communication
  • analog VLSI
  • learning and memory
  • neuroprosthetic systems
  • cognitive neuroscience and attention


LOCATION AND ARRANGEMENTS:

The summer school will take place in the small town of Telluride, 9000 feet high in Southwest Colorado, about 6 hours drive away from Denver (350miles). Great Lakes Aviation and America West Express airlines provide daily flights directly into Telluride. All facilities within the beautifully renovated public school building are fully accessible to participants with disabilities. Participants will be housed in ski condominiums, within walking distance of the school. Participants are expected to share condominiums.

The workshop is intended to be very informal and hands-on. Participants are not required to have had previous experience in analog VLSI circuit design, computational or machine vision, systems level neurophysiology or modeling the brain at the systems level. However, we strongly encourage active researchers with relevant backgrounds from academia, industry and national laboratories to apply, in particular if they are prepared to work on specific projects, talk about their own work or bring demonstrations to Telluride (e.g. robots, chips, software). Internet access will be provided. Technical staff present throughout the workshops will assist with software and hardware issues. We will have a network of PCs running LINUX and Microsoft Windows for the workshop projects. We also plan to provide wireless internet access and encourage participants to bring along their personal laptop.

No cars are required. Given the small size of the town, we recommend that you do not rent a car. Bring hiking boots, warm clothes, rain gear, and a backpack, since Telluride is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Unless otherwise arranged with one of the organizers, we expect participants to stay for the entire duration of this three week workshop.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENT:

Notification of acceptances will be mailed out around mid April 2008.  The Workshop covers all your accommodations and facilities costs.  You are responsible for your own travel to the Workshop.  For expenses not covered by federal funds, a Workshop registration fee is required.  The fee is $500 per participant, however, due to the difference in travel cost, we offer a discount to the non-US participants.  European registration fees will be reduced by $250; non-US/non-European registration fees will be reduced by $400.   The cost of a shared condominium will be covered for all academic participants but upgrades to a private room will cost extra. Participants from National Laboratories and Industry are expected to pay for these condominiums.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants should be at the level of graduate students or above (i.e. postdoctoral fellows, faculty, research and engineering staff and the equivalent positions in industry and national laboratories). We actively encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

The application website is (after February 15th, 2008): http://ine-web.org/telluride-conference-2008/apply-info/

Application will include:

  • First name, Last name, Affiliation, valid e-mail address.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • One page summary of background and interests relevant to the workshop.
  • Two letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by references).


The application deadline is Friday, March 23, 2008.
Applicants will be notified by e-mail by the end of April.