May 17 20, 2006

Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston , Massachusetts 02215 USA

Sponsored by the Boston University
Center for Adaptive Systems
Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems ( http://www.cns.bu.edu/ )
with financial support from
the National Science Foundation ( http://cns.bu.edu/CELEST/ )

This interdisciplinary conference is attended each year by approximately 300 people from 30 countries around the world. As in previous years, the conference will focus on solutions to the questions:



The conference is aimed at researchers and students of computational neuroscience, cognitive science, neural networks, neuromorphic engineering, and artificial intelligence. It includes invited lectures and contributed lectures and posters by experts on the biology and technology of how the brain and other intelligent systems adapt to a changing world. The conference is particularly interested in exploring how the brain and biologically-inspired algorithms and systems in engineering and technology can learn. Single-track oral and poster sessions enable all presented work to be highly visible. Three-hour poster sessions with no conflicting events will be held on two of the conference days. Posters will be up all day, and can also be viewed during breaks in the talk schedule.



Alfonso Caramazza (Harvard University)
Objects, actions, nouns and verbs

Jonathan Cohen (Princeton University)
Dopamine-norepinephrine interactions in the regulation of exploration versus exploitation

Alain Destexhe (CNRS [UNIC])
Inferring network activity through intracellular recordings of single neocortical neurons in vivo

Kenneth Ford (Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition)
Toward cognitive prostheses (Plenary Lecture)

Martin Giese (University Clinic Tuebingen)
Neural correlates of learning in the visual recognition of human actions

Graham Hitch (University of York)
Serial order in the verbal domain: Short-term memory and long-term learning

Glyn Humphreys (University of Birmingham)
Learning to ignore and learning to attend: Evidence from visual search

James McGaugh (University of California at Irvine)
Amygdala activation and the making of lasting memory

Ennio Mingolla (Boston University)
Functional interactions between “what” and “where” cortical streams

Baingio Pinna (Università di Sassari)
The laws of figurality and watercolor, discoloration, lighting and backlighting illusions: Phenomenal properties and neural mechanisms

Maritza Rivera-Gaxiola (University of Washington)
Language development: Bridges from neuroscience to education

S. Murray Sherman (University of Chicago)
The role of thalamus in cortical function: Not just a simple relay

Jean-Jacques Slotine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Concurrent synchronization of artificial neural assemblies

Anne Treisman (Princeton University)
Broad or narrow focus of attention: How does it determine what we see?

Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Context-dependent learning in the visual system

CELEST Workshop on Auditory and Visual Attention

Robert Desimone (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Synchronous neural activity and selective attention

Jon Driver (University College , London)
Crossmodal links in human spatial attention

Michael Goldberg (Columbia University)
On the agnosticism of spikes: Multiple signals in the parietal salience map

Stephen Grossberg (Boston University)
Cortical dynamics of attentive auditory and visual information processing and learning

Shihab Shamma (University of Maryland, College Park)
The role of attention in rapid plasticity

Steven Yantis (Johns Hopkins University)
Domains of attentional control

NSF Science of Learning Centers Symposium

Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science, and Technology (CELEST)

Stephen Grossberg (Boston University)
CELEST goals

Daniel Bullock (Boston University)
Learning in cognitive-emotional interactions and planned sequential behaviors

Gail Carpenter (Boston University)
Learning in attentive recognition, technology, and education

Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE)

Philip Bell, John Bransford, and Maritza Rivera-Gaxiola (University of Washington)
Learning for the twenty-first century: Toward a decade of synthesis

The LearnLab Center

Kenneth Koedinger (Carnegie Mellon University) and Kurt VanLehn (University of Pittsburgh)
Using LearnLab to understand robust learning through rigorous experimentation in real courses

Call for Abstracts

Information on the Ninth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems can be found here:

Information on the Eighth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems can be found here:


Inquiries to Cynthia Bradford cindy@bu.edu

Last updated November 17, 2005



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