COSYNE 2013: Call for Workshop Proposals (Tomas Hromadka )

Subject: COSYNE 2013: Call for Workshop Proposals
From:    Tomas Hromadka  <tomas.hromadka@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:25:16 +0200

================================================================= Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne) MAIN MEETING WORKSHOPS Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2013 Mar 3 - 5, 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah Snowbird Ski Resort, Utah ================================================================= CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Preference will be given to proposals received by September 14, 2012; additional proposals received by October 26, 2012 will be considered only if space is available. The annual Cosyne meeting provides an inclusive forum for the exchange of empirical and theoretical approaches to problems in systems neuroscience. A series of workshops will be held after the main Cosyne meeting ( The goal is to provide an informal forum for the discussion of important research questions and challenges. Controversial issues, open problems, comparisons of competing approaches, and alternative viewpoints are encouraged. This year we would like to foster increased participation from experimental groups as well as computational ones. Please circulate widely and encourage your students and postdocs to apply. The overarching goal of all workshops should be the integration of empirical and theoretical approaches, in an environment that fosters collegial discussion and debate. Preference will be given to proposals that differ substantially in content, scope, and/or approach from workshops of recent years (examples available at Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: sensory processing, motor planning and control, functional neural circuits, motivation, reward and decision making, learning and memory, adaptation and plasticity, neural coding, neural circuitry and network models, and methods in computational or systems neuroscience. Please note that in an effort to reduce the overlap between workshops, speakers are strongly discouraged from presenting talks at more than one workshop. WORKSHOP DETAILS: There will be 4-8 workshops/day, running in parallel. Each workshop is expected to draw between 15 and 80 people. The workshops will be split into morning (8:00-11:00 AM) and afternoon (4:30-7:30 PM) sessions. Workshops will be held at Snowbird, a ski resort located 30 miles (typically less than an hour) from the Salt Lake City airport. Buses from the main conference will be provided. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Deadline: September 14, 2012 Format: plain text only---please no attachments---email to: cosyne13workshops@xxxxxxxx (Jessica Cardin, Tatyana Sharpee) Proposals should include: - Name(s) and email address(es) of the organizers (no more than 2 organizers per session, please). A primary contact should be designated. - A title. - A brief description of 1) what the workshop will address and accomplish, 2) why the topic is of interest, 3) who is the targeted group of participants. - Names of potential invitees, with indication of confirmed speakers. Preference will be given to workshops with the most confirmed speakers. - Proposed workshop length (1 or 2 days). Most workshops will be limited to a single day. If you think your workshop needs 2 days, please explain why. - A *brief* resume of the workshop organizer along with a *brief* list of publications (about half a page total). WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS RESPONSIBILITIES: - Coordinate workshop participation and content. - Moderate the discussion. SUGGESTIONS: Experience has shown that the best discussions during a workshop are those that arise spontaneously. A good way to foster these is to have short talks and long question periods (e.g. 30+15 minutes), and have plenty of breaks. We strongly recommend fewer than 10 talks. WORKSHOP COSTS: Detailed registration costs, etc, will be available at Please note: Cosyne does NOT provide travel funding for workshop speakers. All workshop speakers are expected to pay for workshop registration fees. Participants are encouraged to register early, in order to qualify for discounted registration rates. One complimentary (free) organizer registration is provided per workshop. For workshops with 2 organizers, the free registration can be given to one of the organizers or split evenly between them. COSYNE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: General Chairs: Nicole Rust (Penn) and Jonathan Pillow (UT Austin) Program Chairs: Peter Latham (UCL) and Marlene Cohen (U Pittsburgh) Workshop Chairs: Jessica Cardin (Yale) and Tatyana Sharpee (Salk) Publicity Chair: Kanaka Rajan (Princeton) COSYNE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Anthony Zador (CSHL) Alexandre Pouget (U Rochester) Zachary Mainen (Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme)

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