Boston University to Host Meeting of Global Leaders in Cognitive and Neural Science Research

in News Releases, Science & Technology
May 12th, 2003

Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University’s Center for Adaptive Systems and Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems will sponsor its Seventh International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems on May 28 – 31, 2003. Participants will include experts from several subspecialties including artificial intelligence, artificial neural networks, cognitive science, computational neuroscience, and neuromorphic engineering. They will focus on two basic issues: How does the brain control behavior? and How can technology emulate biological intelligence?

Wednesday, May 28 will be devoted to tutorials on sensory microsystems engineering, adaptive resonance theory, and reinforcement learning. Speakers at sessions scheduled Thursday through Saturday, May 29 – 31 will present research in areas that include vision, cognition and cognitive control, robotics, sensory-motor control, learning, emotion, and neural circuits and systems.

Plenary lectures will be held at 2:15 pm on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday’s lecture will feature Dr. Irving Biederman, Harold Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, presenting “A Neurocomputational Account of Perceptual and Cognitive Pleasure.” The Saturday lecture will feature Prof. Emilio Bizzi of McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT speaking on “Motor Learning through the Combination of Primitives.” Thursday and Saturday meetings will include oral presentations followed by poster sessions from 5 – 8 pm. A reception at 6 pm will close Friday’s schedule of oral presentations.

Like last year’s event, which drew about 300 people from 27 countries, the 2003 conference is expected to host top-flight researchers from around the world. A schedule of featured participants and additional details can be found at

EVENT: Seventh International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

DATE: Wednesday – Saturday, May 28 – 31, 2003

TIME: Wednesday 8:30 am – 5 pm (registration begins at 7:45 am);
Thursday and Saturday 8 am – 8 pm (registration begins at 7:15 am);
Friday 8 am – 6 pm, followed by a reception (registration begins at 7:15 am)

PLACE: Boston University Center for Adaptive Systems
and Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
677 Beacon Street

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