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BICS 2006

Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems
Island of Lesvos, Greece
Hotel Delfinia
October 10 - 12, 2006

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

First International ICSC Symposium on
Machine Models of Consciousness (MoC 2006)
Discussions of this new burgeoning paradigm
Chair: Ron Chrisley, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex

Second International ICSC Symposium on
Cognitive Neuro Science (CNS 2006)
from computationally inspired models to brain-inspired computation
Chair: Prof. Igor Aleksander, Imperial College London, U.K

Third International ICSC Symposium on
Biologically Inspired Systems (BIS 2006)
Broader issues in biological inspiration and neuromorphic systems
Chair: Prof. Leslie Smith, University of Stirling, U.K.

Fourth International ICSC Symposium on
Neural Computation (NC'2006)
Progress in neural systems
Chair: Dr. Amir Hussain, University of Stirling, U.K.


Introduction: Why this conference, and who should attend:

Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems 2006 aims to bring together leading scientists and engineers who use analytic, syntactic and computational methods both to understand the prodigious processing properties of biological systems and, specifically, of the brain, and to exploit such knowledge to advance computational methods towards ever higher levels of cognitive competence.

Four major symposia are envisaged and these are organized in patterns that encourage cross-fertilization across the symposia topics. This emphasizes that BICS 2006 will be a major point of contact for researchers and practitioners who can benefit from not only the major advances in their specialist fields but also from the diversity of each other's views. Each of the four mornings is devoted to papers that will be selected for their clear novelty and proven scientific impact, while the afternoons will provide scope for researchers to present their current work and discuss their aims and ambitions. Debates across disciplines will unite researchers with differing perspectives.

To be held on the magical island of Lesvos, in the historical village of Molyvos ,


the site where philosophy was created 8 centuries ago, is ideal for discussion and enjoyment of hospitality, Greek style. The weather is always pleasant for those who wish to extend their stay.

Conference Scopes / themes

  • Models of Consciousness (MoC)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS)
  • Biologically - inspired systems (BIS)
  • Neural Computation (NC)

Some sub-themes include (but are not limited to):

Models of consciousness involving, incorporating or addressing (MoC)

  • Global Workspace Theory
  • Imagination
  • Virtual Machine Approaches
  • Axiomatic Models
  • Control Theory/Methodology
  • Developmental/Infant Models
  • Will/volition
  • Emotion/affect
  • Philosophical implications
  • Grounding in neurophysiology
  • Enactive approaches
  • Heterophenomenology
  • Synthetic phenomenology

Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS)

  • Attentional Mechanisms
  • Cognitive Neuroscience of vision
  • CN of non-vision sensory modalities
  • CN of volition
  • Affective Systems
  • Language
  • Cortical Models
  • Sub-Cortical Models
  • Cerebellar Models
  • Event location in the brain
  • Others

Biologically Inspired Systems (BIS)

  • Brain Inspired (BI) Vision
  • BI Audition and sound processing
  • BI Other sensory modalities
  • BI Motion processing
  • BI Robotics
  • BI Evolutionary systems
  • BI Oscillatory systems
  • BI Signal processing
  • BI Learning
  • Neuromorphic systems
  • Others

Neural Computation (NC)

  • NeuroComputational (NC) Hybrid Systems
  • NC Learning
  • NC Control Systems
  • NC Signal Processing
  • Architectures
  • Devices
  • Pattern Classifiers
  • Support Vector Machines
  • Fuzzy or Neuro-Fuzzy Systems
  • Evolutionary Neural Networks
  • Biological Neural Network Models
  • Applications
  • Others

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. 

Selected papers will be published in follow-on Special Issues of prestigious International Journals. More details will follow.


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