Workshop on Neurodynamics and Intentional Dynamical Systems

IJCNN 2005 workshop, August 5, 2005

Organizers: Peter Andras (U Newcastle, UK),  Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna (Texas A&M U, TX), Walter J Freeman (UC Berkeley, CA), Robert Kozma (U Memphis, TN)


Program / Abstracts



8.00 – 8.45      Walter Freeman: New developments in intracranial EEG research (presentation)

8.45 – 9.15      Leonid I. Perlovsky: Neurodynamics and evolution of intentional communicating agents (presentation)

9.15 – 9.30      Robert Kozma: Intentional dynamic systems (presentation)

9.30 – 9.45      Renan Vitral: A complementary hypothesis on hippocampal dynamics: the called ‘place fields’ are primarily self-organizing ‘firing fields’ and do not depend on environmental visual signals (presentation)

9.45 – 10.45    Panel: Walter Freeman, Robert Kozma, Leonid I Perlovsky, Renan Vitral


COFFEE BREAK (10.45am – 11.00pm)


SESSION 2: MODELING (10.45am – 1.15pm)

11.00 – 11.30  Daniel S. Levine: Modeling the Evolution of Decision Rules in the Human Brain            (presentation)

11.30 – 11.45  Yoonsuck Choe: Understanding of agent’s own inner state through voluntary action that forces equilibrium in agent – environment dynamics (presentation)

11.45 – 12.00 Colin Molter: An interpretative recurrent neural networks to improve learning capabilities (presentation)

12.00 – 12.15  Emilio Del-Moral-Hernandez: Bifurcating recursive nodes networks and multi-assemblies structures as tools for intentional dynamics modelling (presentation)

12.15 – 12.30  Paul J. Werbos : Six Mega Challenges for the 21st Century (presentation)

12.30 – 12.45 Rene Doursat : Embodied computation (presentation)

12.45 – 1.30    Panel: Robert Kozma, Yoonsuck Choe, Colin Molter, Emilio Del-Moral-Hernandez, Paul J. Werbos


LUNCH BREAK (1.30pm – 3.00pm)


SESSION 3: APPLICATIONS (3.00pm – 5.35pm)

3.00 – 3.45      FEATURED TALK – Invited by INNS SIG on Neurodynamics:

                         Paul Bach-y-Rita and Steven Kercel: Late brain plasticity and tactile sensory substitution (presentation)

3.45 – 4.00      Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna: Pattern recognition for chemical sensor arrays with neuromorphic models of the olfactory system (presentation)

4.00 – 4.15      John C. Gallagher: A hardware continuous time recurrent neural network: design and applications (presentation)

4.15 – 4.30      Derek Harter: Evolving Neurodynamic controllers for autonomous robots (presentation)

4.30 – 5.30      Panel: Paul Bach-y-Rita, Steven Kercel, Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna, John C. Gallagher, Derek Harter

5.30 – 5.35      Closing



Call for Papers and Participation


Objective: In this Workshop we describe biological and artificial objects, which share the distinctive feature of pro-actively interacting with the environment by pursuing their autonomous goals. Intentionality is a key function of humans and animals as they are continuously generating hypotheses about the external world, testing their hypotheses by acting upon the environment and perceiving sensory information about the consequences of their action. High-resolution EEG and EMG measurements revealed the complex, self-organizing, and dynamic nature of intentional behavior, which is manifested in the form of frequent and drastic transitions in the brain activity. Possible theoretical and computational models of the observed physiological and behavioral phenomena include massive recurrent neural network architectures with nonconvergent dynamics; discrete cellular neural nets; fractal structures and fractal dynamics; self-organized criticality; small-world networks, among others; applications include autonomous robotic systems; networks of robots; sensory processing and multi-sensory fusion.


Participants: The present Workshop gives forum for a concentrated and efficient interaction among researchers from various disciplines; including neuroscientists and cognitive scientists studying biological manifestations of intentionality, and also scientists from theoretical, computational, and engineering disciplines, who work on the implementation of intentional systems in artificial designs.


Format The Workshop will have mini-symposium format, with a methodological/theoretical session and an experimental and implementation session. Each session starts with oral presentations, to be followed by an extensive panel session with the participation of leading expert in the field. The Workshop is expected to be of full day duration, in coordination with IJCNN'05 organizers.


Proceedings The materials of the Workshop are planned to be published as a Special Issue of a journal in the field. We have published the materials of previous workshops and symposia on this and related topics in special issues in Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, Biological Cybernetics, and International Journal of Intelligent Systems.


Contact: We invite you to submit a contribution to the Workshop and encourage you to actively participate in its work. If you are able to accept this invitation, please send the title and a brief summary of your proposed submission to Robert Kozma at rkozma AT before April 15. Following the receipt of your letter of intent we will contact you with further details of our Workshop.



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