|Joint SIG Workshop|
UK Neuroinformatics: From Computational Models to Engineering and Cognition
The aim of this multi-workshop of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) on “Neurally-Inspired Engineering” (SIG3), “Computational Models and Simulation Environments” (SIG4) and “AI, Cognition and Behaviour” (SIG5) was to promote the exchange of ideas and collaboration between researchers in the UK active in these areas and to contribute to a community-building effort in the Neuroinformatics research community. The two day programme consisted of presentations by prominent researchers/ developers in the three interest areas, a poster and demo session, and SIG-specific discussion sessions. Importantly, there was an emphasis on bringing people of similar interests together and fostering new contacts and collaborations. The hands-on demos and tutorials were designed for researchers and students to get involved with methods they may not yet be familiar with.
Venue - Chancellor's at The University of Manchester.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Piotr Dudek, David Willshaw)
Theme 1: Neurally-inspired engineering
Co-chairs: Piotr Dudek, Terrence Mak
9:15 Andrew Brown - University of Southampton "Biologically inspired massively parallel architectures (computing beyond a million processors)"
9:45 Steve Hall - University of Liverpool "Analogue Silicon Synapses and Neurons"
10:15 Thomas Wennekers - University of Plymouth "Neural Assemblies as building blocks for brain-inspired computing systems"
11:15 Leslie Smith - Stirling University “Towards neurally-inspired early auditory processing”
11:45 Tim Constandinou - Imperial College “Neural Interfaces and Prostheses for Rehabilitation”
Theme 2: Artificial intelligence, cognition and behaviour
Co-chairs: Marc de Kamps, Jonathan Rossitter
13:30 Kevin Gurney - University of Sheffield “Computational accounts of active vision: models, methods and tools”
14:15 Jim Austin - University of York & Cybula Ltd “Reasoning with a distributed neural rule-chaining architecture”
15:30 Mark Lee - Aberystwyth University - “Developmental Robotics: why psychology really matters”
16:00 Roger Orpwood - University of Bath “A possible link between attractor behaviour and the emergence of qualia”
Posters, Demos and Discussions:
16:30 Poster Session including Demos
18:00 Separate SIG discussion sessions
19:00 Dinner followed by free discussion
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
9:00 INCF UK matters - roadmap (Marc de Kamps)
Theme 3: Models and simulation environments
Co-chairs: Padraig Gleeson, Thomas Nowotny
9:30 Presentation & discussion: Comparison of available simulation platforms & related tools (Padraig Gleeson) (Slides)
10:45 Dan Goodman - Ecole Normale Superieure "The Brian simulator: what it is and where it's going"
11:30 Netta Cohen - Leeds University "Groovy worms: on the neural control of nematode locomotion"
13:30 Andreas Fidjeland - Imperial College "Real-time spiking neural network simulation on GPUs using NeMo"
14:00 Volker Steuber - University of Hertfordshire "Multi-scale models of information processing in the cerebellum"
14:30 Discussion - What can the UK Node do to contribute to the global infrastructure for computational modelling?
15:30 Tutorial sessions - including Brian (Dan Goodman), NeMo (Andreas Fidjeland), neuroConstruct (Padraig Gleeson), GeNN (Thomas Nowotny) (Slides)
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