Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems:  BICS2004

University of Stirling, Scotland, UK

August 29 September 1, 2004


First International ICSC Symposium on

Cognitive Neuro Science (CNS 2004)
(from computationally inspired models to brain-inspired computation)

Prof. Igor Aleksander, Imperial College London, U.K.

Second International ICSC Symposium on

Biologically Inspired Systems (BIS 2004)

Prof. Leslie Smith, University of Stirling, U.K.

Third International ICSC Symposium on

Neural Computation (NC'2004)

Chair: Dr. Amir Hussain, University of Stirling, U.K.


Why this conference and who should attend:

The science of neural computation focuses on mathematical aspects for solving
complex practical problems. It also seeks to help neurology, brain theory
and cognitive psychology in the understanding of the functioning of the
nervous system by means of computational models of neurons, neural nets and
sub-cellular processes. BICS2004 aims to become a major point of contact for
research scientists, engineers and practitioners throughout the world in
the fields of cognitive and computational systems inspired by the brain and

biology. Participants will share the latest
research, developments and ideas in the wide arena of disciplines
encompassed under the heading of BICS2004, which is a follow-up of the
previous two successful NC conferences: NC'1998 in Vienna (Austria) and
NC'2000 in Berlin, (Germany).


A) Cognitive Neuro Science (CNS)
(from computationally inspired models to brain-inspired computation)

Chair: Igor Aleksander, Imperial College London, U.K.

Cognitive neuroscience covers both computational models of the brain and

brain inspired algorithms and artifacts. All the areas below may be

interpreted in both ways.



Working memory

The modelling of deficits

Imagination and imagery

Awareness, self and Consciousness

The role of emotions in cognition

Language and other communication

The role of evolution

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI etc.)


Brain Chemistry (neuromodulators and neurotransmitters)

Deficits (e.g. autism, Alzheimer's etc ..)

Multi-sense perception and sensor fusion

Chaos models of the brain-mind links

Action: embodiment, planning, vetoing and emotive evaluation

B) Biologically Inspired Systems (BIS)

Chair: Leslie Smith, U of Stirling, U.K.

Systems are inspired by many different aspects of biology.

We are interested in systems at all levels from VLSI

engineered to software to mathematical models. 


Sensor and Sensory Systems: Computer Vision, Audition, Olfaction,

High-level Perception

Intelligent Sensor Fusion and Sensor/motor integration

Smart Human-machine Communication

Autonomous Robots

Behavior based Control

Hardware- and Software Implementations


Neuro-physiological foundations

Spiking neuron models and neuron assemblies

Models of brain centers and sensory pathways

Sensation, Perception and Attention

Spatio-temporal Orientation

Reactive Behavior


C) Neural Computation (NC)

Chair: Amir Hussain, U of Stirling, U.K.

Neural Computation covers models, software and hardware implementations together with applications.


Artificial neural network paradigms

Knowledge representation

Learning and generalization

Probabilistic neural networks

Information theoretic approaches

Time-coded neural networks

Pulse-coded neural networks


Cellular automata

Hybrid systems (e.g. neuro-fuzzy, GA, evolutionary strategies)

Chaos in neural networks

Statistical and numerical aspects


Simulation and Graphical Programming Tools

Distributed Systems

Neuro-chips, -controllers and -computers

Analog and Digital Electronic Implementations

Optic, Holographic Implementations


Pre-processing and Feature Extraction

Sound, Speech and Image Processing

Pattern Recognition and System Identification

Computer Vision, Feature Binding and Image Understanding

Autonomous Sensor Systems, Multivariate Sensor Fusion

Robotics and Control

Behavior based Exploration and Planning

Power Systems

Environmental Systems

Decision Support Systems

Medical Applications

Operational Research and Logistics

Important dates:

First announcement May 2003

Second announcement/call for paper End of August 31, 2003

Reminder submission deadline January, 2004

Submission deadline January 31, 2004

Notification March 31, 2004

Early registration May 15 31, 2004

Delivery of full papers and registration: May 31, 2004

Tutorials and Workshops August 29, 2004

Conference August 30 September 1, 2004

As part of this conference we plan to have a Student Paper Competition.

Students are encouraged to submit papers that will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers need to

be presented at the conference The organizing committee of the conference will select the two best papers for the award. First prize will be $100 and the second prize $50. Special discounts are available for students to register for the conference and will include CDROM proceedings.



ICSC Canada/USA/The Netherlands

University of Stirling

Imperial College of London


(presently under construction)