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COGCOMP2013

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2013 SICSA International Summer School on Cognitive Computation,
University of Stirling, 25-30 August 2013

School places full !

Overview
Cognitive computation is a new and challenging area, which promises to facilitate the development of novel brain-inspired cognitive technologies for engineering the intelligent systems of tomorrow. This first of its kind SICSA sponsored International Summer School on Cognitive Computation is an innovative multidisciplinary event, aiming to unite young researchers coming from a variety of backgrounds. The stimulating and relaxed atmosphere will invite a close and productive interaction between both School participants and their mentors.

The vision of this Summer School is to empower participants with an interdisciplinary understanding of some of the key underlying methodologies, concepts and techniques in cognitive computation, and their strengths and limitations (demonstrated by a range of case studies). Participants will also learn of future directions in this exciting multi-disciplinary field. Topics covered will include: perception, action, attention, cognitive and affective learning and memory, decision making and control, social cognition, language processing and communication, reasoning, pattern recognition, problem solving, and consciousness.

The five-day programme will consist of a set of tutorial-style lectures, all delivered by experts of international standing combined with hands-on practical sessions for constructing and working with the techniques covered in the course material. The initial sessions will serve as advanced introduction to cognitive computation, including practical sessions and a comprehensive review of the underlying interdisciplinary fields, specifically:

The subsequent sessions will cover more advanced approaches to cognitive systems research and development (including emerging theories, real-world application case studies and future challenges), including -provisionally:

Audience
The School is intended for PhD students, postdoctoral and industrial researchers working in all areas of cognitive computation, including its theoretical, applied, artificial and natural dimensions. More generally, it will appeal to researchers interested in biologically inspired computing techniques and applications, for example: machine learning, computational intelligence, cognitive and computational neuroscience, machine consciousness, neural hardware implementations and biologically inspired robotics and systems. Although the course will have substantial technical content, no prerequisites are required beyond a good background in computer science/informatics or a related subject.

Programme & Venue
The summer school will run from 10am to 5pm each day (9.30am-6pm on Tuesday, 27th, and Thursday, 29th Aug 2013). Springer’s Neuroscience Publishing Editor, Dr Martijn Roelandse, will also give a talk on “publishing interdisciplinary research in scientific journals” on the first day, Monday, 26 August, from 4pm-5pm, which will be followed by a Research Posters Session, and Exhibition organized by Springer, from 6:30pm-8pm (with prize awarded to the best poster). Authors of selected posters, judged by the Keynote Guest Lecturer: Professor Igor Aleksander, will be invited to submit extended/full papers to Springer’s Cognitive Computation journal (http://www.springer.com/12559). The full (draft) School programme is available below.
The summer school will be held in the Division of Computing Science, School of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling. Activities will take place in the Cottrell Building. Travel directions and maps can be found at: http://www.stir.ac.uk/about/getting-here/

Registration
The registration fee (without accommodation) covers the Workshop, the School dinner on Wednesday 28 Aug (at 5:30pm), along with lunches and teas/coffees each day. Accommodation is on campus and will be in single en-suite rooms. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses to get to Stirling. SICSA students can access local support from their own Schools/Departments to support such travel.
SICSA is covering the registration fee (including accommodation) for PhD students in computer science departments of SICSA member Scottish universities (for a full list of SICSA Universities, see: http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/about/SICSA_Universities). The number of SICSA students is limited and a decision on ranking will be taken if necessary. Two competitive places are also being generously sponsored by the IEEE UKRI Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Chapter and the Industry Applications Society (IAS) Chapter.

Application Procedure and Deadlines:.
School places full !

Organisers
The summer school is organised by the Division of Computing Science at the University of Stirling. The School co-ordinator is Professor Amir Hussain, E-mail: ahu@cs.stir.ac.uk

Contact
For more information, please contact the Administration Team (E-mail: cogcomp2013@cs.stir.ac.uk )
This school is funded by the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) & co-sponsored by Springer and the IEEE UKRI IAS and CIS Chapters

 

School Programme (draft – updated on 21-08-2013)
DAY 1: Monday 26-08-13 Room 2A73, Cottrell Building
9:00-10:00

Registration Opens with Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73

10:00-10:15  
Welcome
Professor Ian Simpson  
Head of School of Natural Sciences , University of Stirling
Room 2A73
10:15-10:30 
Overview of the Summer School
Professors Igor Aleksander & Amir Hussain
Room 2A73
10:30-12:00        
Computational Modelling in Neuroscience: a Workshop Style Introduction – Part I
Dr.Bruce Graham, University of Stirling
Room 2A73
12:00-13:30        
Lunch, Room 4B108

13:30-15:30      

Computational modelling in neuroscience: a Workshop Style Introduction – Part II (Practical Exercise using NEURON)
Dr. Bruce Graham, University Stirling
Lab 4X5
15:30-16:00       
Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73
16:00-17:00        
Publish or Perish: How to write for, and publish in interdisciplinary scientific Journals
Dr.Martijn Roelandse, Publishing Editor, Neuroscience @ Springer
Room 2A73
18:30-20:00       
Researcher Posters Session & Exhibition, Room 2A73
Day 2: Tuesday 27-08-13
9:30-11:00           
Computational intelligence and machine learning: methods, theories and tools for solving key cognition tasks such as learning and pattern recognition – Part I                  
Kevin Swingler, Incite Ltd., University of Stirling
Room 2A73
11:00-11.30         
Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73

11:30-12:30         

Computational intelligence and machine learning: methods, theories and tools for solving key cognition tasks such aslearning and pattern recognition – Part II (Practical Exercise)
Kevin Swingler, Incite Ltd., University of Stirling
Lab 4X5
12:30-13:30        
 Lunch, Room 4B108
13:30-15.30         
Social Cognition & Cognitive Behavioural Systems: Theory to Applications (with Practical Exercise)
Dr. Alessandro Vinciarelli, University of Glasgow
Room 2A73
15:30-16:00        
Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73
16:00-18:00        

Cognitive augmentations of swarm intelligence and agent-based simulation: Cognitive extensions to Particle Swarm Organization (PSO), followed by a case-study in agent-based simulation for disaster management. Practical exercises will show the application of PSO to a variety of function optimisation tasks.
Dr. Jerry Swan, University of Stirling
Dr. Michael Epitropakis, University of Stirling
Room 2A73 and Lab 4X5

Day 3: Wednesday 28-08-13, Room 2A73 Cottrell Building
10.00-11:00         

Informational models of 'mind' theory and practice: from computational models of consciousness to theories of information integration and intuitions about the mind and creation of mind-like state structures - Case studies with an exploratory robot
Part I: Computational models that attempt to explain what it is to be conscious (Work of Baars, Franklin, Dehane, Haikonen, Holland and the presenter, on existing models)
Professor Igor Aleksander, Imperial College, London
Room 2A73

11.00-11.30         
Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73
11.30-13.00         
Part II: Theories of Information Integration and intuitions about the mind (The work of Tononi, Seth, and the presenter on the definition of the mental state and the demand of this in neural networks)
Professor Igor Aleksander, Imperial College, London
Room 2A73
13:00-14.00         
Lunch, Room 4B108
14:00-15:30         
Part III: A modelling exercise of an exploratory robot: the creation of mind-like state structures (using the Neural Representation Modelling tool to create simulations and study mind-like effects of information integration in neural networks as discussed in Part II)
Professor Igor Aleksander, Imperial College, London
Lab 4X5
15:30-16:00        
Tea/Coffee, Room 4B108
16.00-17:00         
Part III above continued 
Professor Igor Aleksander, Imperial College, London
Lab 4X5
17:30                  

School Dinner (Participants and Guest Speakers all welcome)
Haldanes Restaurant

Day 4: Thursday 29-08-13,Room 2A73 Cottrell Building
9:30-11:00          

Silicon/neuromorphic cognitive systems: building bridges to build brains – Part I
Professor Leslie Smith, University of Stirling
Room 2A73

11:00-11:30         
Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73
11:30-12:30         
Silicon/neuromorphic cognitive systems: building bridges to build brains – Part II
Professor Leslie Smith, University of Stirling
Room 2A73
12:30-13:30       
 Lunch, Room 4B108
13:30-15:30        
Towards multi-modal cognitive systems: Case Studies on insect robotics
Professor Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh
Room 2A73
15:30-16:00      
Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73
16:00-18:00       

Bayesian approach to perception, attention, decision-making and mental disorders: case studies using theoretical models and psychophysical experiments
Dr. Peggy Series, University of Edinburgh
Room 2A73

Day 5: Friday 30-08-13, Room 2A73 Cottrell Building
10:00-11:00      
Reverse engineering the brain for cognitive computation: multi-scale modelling from membranes, to circuits, systems and robots - a case study with action selection in the basal ganglia (Part I)
Professor Kevin Gurney, University of Sheffield
Room 2A73
11:00-11:30       
Tea/Coffee, Room 2A73
11:30-13:00       

Reverse engineering the brain for cognitive computation: multi-scale modelling from membranes, to circuits, systems and robots - a case study with action selection in the basal ganglia (Part II)
Professor Kevin Gurney, University of Sheffield
Room 2A73

13:00-14:00      
Lunch , Room 4B108
14:00-15:30       

Neurobiologically inspired cognitive control of complex autonomous agents and their networked systems: case studies on next-generation intelligent transportation systems Part I
Professor Amir Hussain & Dr. Erfu Yang, University of Stirling
Lab 4X5

15:30-16:00      
Tea/Coffee, Room 4B108
16:00-17:00      

Neurobiologically inspired cognitive control of complex autonomous agents and their networked systems: case studies on next-generation planetary exploration rovers – Part II
Professor Amir Hussain, Dr. Erfu Yang, University of Stirling
Lab 4X5

17:00               
Wrap-Up
Room 2A73

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