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AISB event Bulletin Item

Final CFP: Sussex Workshop on Synthetic Neuroethology 9-10 Sept.


Synthetic Neuroethology Workshop, 9-10 Sept. Final Call for Participation

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a synthetic
neuroethology themed workshop on Thursday-Friday 9-10
September 2010, at the University of Sussex.

Synthetic Neuroethology refers to the use of computational and robotic
models in the study of the neural mechanisms underlying the generation
of behaviour in animals. This one and a half day workshop brings
together researchers involved in this and related fields in order to
review progress and debate prospects.

There is still limited space for participants and we are still accepting
submissions for poster presentations (though this is not mandatory).

If you'd like to present a poster please email
synthneuro@sussex.ac.uk  ASAP.

The  program is outlined below. All the talks will be in Silverstone room 309.
For talk and poster abstract see:


Thursday 9th Sept. (Silverstone 309)
1230-1330 arrival and lunch

13.30 Tony Prescott (Sheffield University) "Understanding the brain through
active touch sensing in rats and robots"
14:15 Thomas Nowotny (University of Sussex) "Spiking Neuronal Network Model
of Unsupervised Olfactory Learning on Graphical Processing Units"
15:00 coffee
15:30 Roland Baddeley (Bristol University)"Constraints on representations
from the statistics of our visual world"
16:15 Joseph Ayers (Northeastern University, US) "Controlling Biomimetic
Robots with Electronic Nervous Systems"

17:00 Poster Spotlights
1715 onwards:  wine and posters (in Pev 3c07 - the InQbate space)

Friday 10th September (Silverstone 309)
0900-0930 coffee

09:30 Neil Burgess (UCL) "Neural mechanisms of spatial cognition"
10:15 Barbara Webb (Edinburgh University) "Mechanisms of insect behaviour"
11:00 coffee
11:30 Paul Graham (Sussex) TBA
12:00 Bart Baddeley (Sussex) "Parsimonious route learning strategies in
ants:  A possible role for observed scanning behaviours"
12:45 Richard Mann (Uppsala University) "Prediction of Homing Pigeon Flight
Paths using Gaussian Processes"

1330 Lunch
14:30 Volker Duerr (Bielefeld University) "Embodied motion intelligence: a
dialogue between insects and robots"
15:15 Owen Holland (Sussex) "Modelling the modeller: towards a human-like
robot with action-oriented imagination."
16:00 END

Fees and Registration
In order to contribute towards costs a small fee will be charged for
attendance at the workshop. Students: 20 GB pounds, non-students: 40
GB pounds. Registered attendees will be provided with lunch and refreshments
on both days. To register follow the instruction on the workshop website


Contact information: synthneuro@sussex.ac.uk

Local organisation: Bart Baddeley, Paul Graham, Phil Husbands, Andy
Philippides (Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics)