LINGUIST List 11.2685

Mon Dec 11 2000

Calls: Cognitive/Neural Systems, Afroasiatic Ling

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  1. Cynthia Bradford, Cognitive and Neural Systems (ICCNS'2001)
  2. andrew k simpson, Afroasiatic Linguistics (BLS 27S)

Message 1: Cognitive and Neural Systems (ICCNS'2001)

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 11:18:00 -0500
From: Cynthia Bradford <>
Subject: Cognitive and Neural Systems (ICCNS'2001)


Tutorials: May 30, 2001; Meeting: May 31 - June 2, 2001 

Boston University

This interdisciplinary conference focuses on two fundamental questions:
How Does the Brain Control Behavior?
How Can Technology Emulate Biological Intelligence?

A single oral or poster session enables all presented work to be
highly visible. 

Contributed talks will be presented on each of the three conference days.

Three-hour poster sessions with no conflicting events will be held 
on two of the conference days. All posters will be up all day, and can 
also be viewed during breaks in the talk schedule. 


TUTORIAL SPEAKERS: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 

Ted Adelson: The perception of surface properties

Yiannis Aloimonos: What geometry and statistics tell us about the 
motion pathway

Gail A. Carpenter: Adaptive resonance theory

Michael Jordan: Inference and learning in graphical models


Thursday, May 31, 2001 

Larry Abbott: Spike-timing effects in Hebbian synaptic plasticity

Wulfram Gerstner: Rapid signal transmission by populations of spiking neurons

Wolfgang Maass: Towards a computational theory for spiking neurons 

Nancy Kopell: Rhythms and cell assemblies in the nervous system 

Henry Markram: Neuronal, synaptic, and network mechanisms of perception, 
attention, and memory

Victor Lamme: The role of recurrent processing in visual awareness

Wolf Singer: Neuronal synchrony in cerebral cortex and its functional 
implications (keynote lecture)

Friday, June 1, 2001 

Ralph D. Freeman: Organization of receptive fields of neurons in the 
primary visual cortex

Nikos Logothetis: Functional magnetic resonance imaging of the monkey brain

David J. Heeger: Linking visual perception with human brain activity

Maggie Shiffrar: The visual analysis of moving bodies

Stephen Grossberg: What and where fusion: Motion, number, and object 

Allen Waxman: Multi-sensor image fusion technologies 

Saturday, June 2, 2001 

Peter L. Strick: Basal ganglia and cerebellar "loops" with the cerebral 
cortex: Motor and cognitive circuits

Richard Ivry: Timing, temporal coupling, and response selection

Daniel Bullock: Action selection and reinforcement learning in a model 
of laminar frontal cortex and the basal ganglia 

Christoph Schreiner: Spectro-temporal receptive field transformation in 
auditory thalamo-cortical system 

Rochel Gelman: Continuity and discontinuity in cognitive development: 
Numerical cognition as a case

Maja Mataric: From what you see to what you do: Imitation in humans 
and humanoid robots

Leon Cooper: Bi-directionally modifiable synapses: From theoretical 
fantasy to experimental fact (keynote lecture) 


Session Topics:
* vision 		 
* object recognition 
* image understanding 
* audition 
* speech and language 
* unsupervised learning 
* supervised learning 
* reinforcement and emotion 
* sensory-motor control 
* spatial mapping and navigation 
* neural circuit models 
* neural system models
* mathematics of neural systems 
* robotics 
* hybrid systems (fuzzy, evolutionary, digital) 
* neuromorphic VLSI 
* industrial applications 
* cognition, planning, and attention
* other

Contributed abstracts must be received, in English, by January 31,
2001. Notification of acceptance will be provided by email by 
February 28, 2001. A meeting registration fee of $50 for regular 
attendees and $35 for students must accompany each Abstract. See 
Registration Information for details. The fee will be returned if 
the Abstract is not accepted for presentation and publication in 
the meeting proceedings. Registration fees of accepted abstracts 
will be returned on request only until April 20, 2001.

Each Abstract should fit on one 8.5" x 11" white page with 1" margins
on all sides, single-column format, single-spaced, Times Roman or
similar font of 10 points or larger, printed on one side of the page
only. Fax submissions will not be accepted. Abstract title, author
name(s), affiliation(s), mailing, and email address(es) should begin
each Abstract. An accompanying cover letter should include: Full title
of Abstract; corresponding author and presenting author name, address,
telephone, fax, and email address; and a first and second choice from
among the topics above, including whether it is biological (B) or
technological (T) work. Example: first choice: vision (T); second
choice: neural system models (B). (Talks will be 15 minutes long. 
Posters will be up for a full day. Overhead, slide, and VCR facilities
will be available for talks.) Abstracts which do not meet these 
requirements or which are submitted with insufficient funds will be 
returned. Accepted Abstracts will be printed in the conference
proceedings volume. No longer paper will be required. The original 
and 3 copies of each Abstract should be sent to: Cynthia Bradford, 
Boston University, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, 677 
Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Early registration is recommended. To
register, please fill out the registration form below. Student
registrations must be accompanied by a letter of verification from a
department chairperson or faculty/research advisor. If accompanied by
an Abstract or if paying by check, mail to the address above. If
paying by credit card, mail as above, or fax to (617) 353-7755, or
email to The registration fee will help to pay for 
a reception, 6 coffee breaks, and the meeting proceedings.

STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS: Fellowships for PhD candidates and postdoctoral
fellows are available to help cover meeting travel and living costs. 
The deadline to apply for fellowship support is January 31, 2001. 
Applicants will be notified by email by February 28, 2001. Each 
application should include the applicant's CV, including name; mailing 
address; email address; current student status; faculty or PhD research 
advisor's name, address, and email address; relevant courses and other 
educational data; and a list of research articles. A letter from the 
listed faculty or PhD advisor on official institutional stationery 
should accompany the application and summarize how the candidate may 
benefit from the meeting. Fellowship applicants who also submit an 
Abstract need to include the registration fee with their submission. 
Fellowship checks will be distributed after the meeting.


Fifth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
Boston University
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tutorials: May 30, 2001
Meeting: May 31 - June 2, 2001
FAX: (617) 353-7755

(Please Type or Print)

Mr/Ms/Dr/Prof: _____________________________________________________

Name: ______________________________________________________________

Affiliation: _______________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

City, State, Postal Code: __________________________________________

Phone and Fax: _____________________________________________________

Email: _____________________________________________________________

The conference registration fee includes the meeting program, reception, 
two coffee breaks each day, and meeting proceedings. The tutorial 
registration fee includes tutorial notes and two coffee breaks.


( ) $75 Conference plus Tutorial (Regular)
( ) $50 Conference plus Tutorial (Student)
( ) $50 Conference Only (Regular)
( ) $35 Conference Only (Student)
( ) $25 Tutorial Only (Regular)
( ) $15 Tutorial Only (Student)

METHOD OF PAYMENT (please fax or mail):

[ ] Enclosed is a check made payable to "Boston University".
 Checks must be made payable in US dollars and issued by
 a US correspondent bank. Each registrant is responsible
 for any and all bank charges.

[ ] I wish to pay my fees by credit card
 (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card only).

Name as it appears on the card: _____________________________________

Type of card: _______________________________________________________

Account number: _____________________________________________________

Expiration date: ____________________________________________________

Signature: __________________________________________________________
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Message 2: Afroasiatic Linguistics (BLS 27S)

Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 12:02:19 -0800 (PST)
From: andrew k simpson <aksimpsosocrates.Berkeley.EDU>
Subject: Afroasiatic Linguistics (BLS 27S)


Special Session on Afroasiatic Linguistics

The Berkeley Linguistics Society is pleased to announce a special session
on Afroasiatic Linguistics to be held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual
Conference on African Linguistics at the University of California,
Berkeley on March 22-25 2001.

We encourage submissions dealing with any aspect of the Afroasiatic
languages of Africa, including descriptive works on less well documented
languages, theoretical works on a specific language, and historical
and comparative works on Afroasiatic and its various subgroupings with
particular emphasis on those groups which have received the least
attention. We also encourage submissions from various theoretical
perspectives and works in any linguistic subfield (phonetics, morphology,
syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, etc.).


Papers presented at the conference will be published in the Society's
Proceedings, and authors who present papers agree to provide camera-ready
copy (not to exceed 12 pages) by June 15, 2001. Presentations will be
allotted 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. 

Your abstract should be as specific as possible, including a statement of
your topic or problem, your approach, and your conclusions. Please send 10
copies of an anonymous one-page (8 1/2" x 11") abstract. Abstracts may be
at most four hundred words. The reverse side of the single page may be
used for data and references only. Along with the abstracts send a 3" x
5" card listing: 

(1) paper title 
(2) name(s) of author(s) 
(3) affiliation(s) of author(s) 
(4) address to which notification of acceptance or rejection should be
mailed (Nov-Dec 2001) 
(5) contact phone number for each author 
(6) e-mail address for each author 
(7) subfield (Syntax, Phonology, etc.) 

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In case of
joint authorship, one address should be designated for communication with

Send abstracts to: BLS 27 Abstracts Committee, 1203 Dwinelle Hall,
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 

Alternatively, we will accept abstracts submitted via e-mail. Only those
abstracts formatted as ASCII text,as a Microsoft Word (Mac version
strongly preferred) or a PDF file will be accepted. The text of the
message must contain the information requested in
(1)-(8) above. Electronic submissions may be sent to 

Abstracts must be received in our office (not postmarked) by 4:00 p.m.,
January 31, 2000. We cannot accept faxed abstracts. 


Registration information will be available on the ACAL website:

We may be contacted by e-mail at 
Information will be posted on our website regarding transportation to the
conference, hotels, and restaurants in Berkeley and San Francisco. 
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