Sunday June 26th - Saturday July 16th, 2011, Telluride, Colorado

We invite applications for a three-week summer workshop that will be held in Telluride, Colorado from Sunday June 26th - Saturday July 16th, 2011. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 15th: see here for full details of the workshop and here to apply.

The 2011 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 - University and ETH Zurich, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland - College Park, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, University of Sydney, University of Florida - Gainesville and the Salk Institute.

Directors:
Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Johns Hopkins University
Timothy Horiuchi, University of Maryland, College Park
Tobi Delbruck, Institute for Neuroinformatics, Zurich

Workshop Advisory Board:
Andreas ANDREOU (The Johns Hopkins University)
Andre van SCHAIK (University of Sydney)
Avis COHEN (University of Maryland)
Barbara SHINN-CUNNINGHAM (Boston University)
Giacomo INDIVERI (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Jonathan TAPSON (University of Cape Town)
Paul HASLER (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Rodney DOUGLAS (Institute of Neuroinformatics, UNI/ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Shihab SHAMMA (University of Maryland)
Malcolm SLANEY

Previous year workshop can be found at:
http://ine-web.org/workshops/workshops-overview/index.html and last
year's wiki is https://neuromorphs.net/nm/wiki/2010 .

Goals
Neuromorphic engineers design and fabricate artificial neural systems whose organizing principles are based on those of biological nervous systems. Over the past 16 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. In this 3-week intensive 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, some of these lectures will be tutorials, rather than detailed reports of current research. These lectures will be given by invited speakers. Projects and interest groups meet in the late afternoons, and after dinner. In the early afternoon there will be tutorials on a wide spectrum of topics, including analog VLSI, mobile robotics, auditory systems, central-pattern-generators, selective attention mechanisms, cognitive systems, etc.

2011 Topic Areas

A Cognitive Robot Detecting Objects using Sound, Language, and Vision
Cornelia Fermuller, Yiannis Aloimonos, & Andreas Andreou

Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Methods for Guided Reinforcement Learning
John Harris and David Noelle

Attention-Driven Scene Analysis
Julio Martinez and Mounya Elhilali

From Single Cells to Cognition in Software and Hardware
Kwabena Boahen and Chris Eliasmith

In addition, there will be a number of ad-hoc tutorials, demonstrations, and discussion groups that will focus on important issues in the research community.

Computational Neuroscience (invitational mini-workshop)
Terry Sejnowski

For full details please go to: http://ine-web.org/telluride-conference-2011