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Programs: Summer 2012

June 25 - August 3, 2012
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan USA

Proceedings of ICBM 2012 new icon(good for browsing), entire proceedings as a pdf file (Hardcopy US$ 35 each is available on request.)

BMI 2012 photos new icon

Go to registration. (Closed)

Submit the camera-ready version at the BMI CMT site. (Closed)

Submit a paper (into the Paper Track) or an abstract (into the Abstract Track) at the BMI CMT site. (Closed)

Submit your course application (just like submitting a paper/abstract but into the Course Track) at the BMI CMT site. (Closed)

Keynote Talks

Toward an Integrated Science of Decision Making: Bridging Levels of Analysis with the Leaky Competing Accumulator Model
James L. McClelland
Lucie Stern Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Director, Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation
Stanford University

Foundations and New Paradigms of Brain Computing: Attention, Search, Recognition, Oscillations, Working Memory, Speech Perception, Social Cognition
Stephen Grossberg
Wang Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems
Professor of Mathematics, Psychology, and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Center for Adaptive Systems
Boston University

The Role of Advanced Studies at the Brain-Machine Interface
Jim L. Olds
Director and Chief Academic Unit Officer, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Chair, Department of Molecular Neuroscience
The Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Molecular Neuroscience
George Mason University

Call for ICBM Papers and Abstracts

BMI Internal Conference on Brain-Mind (ICBM) calls for papers in all subjects related to brain-mind to be presented during July 14-15, 2012. The subjects of interest include, but not limited to:

  1. Genes: inheritance, evolution, species, environments, nature vs. nurture, and evolution vs. development.
  2. Cells: cell models, cell learning, cell signaling, tissues, morphogenesis, and tissue development.
  3. Circuits: features, clustering, self-organization, cortical circuits, Brodmann areas, representation, classification, and regression.
  4. Streams: pathways, intra-modal attention, vision, audition, touch (including kinesthetics, temperature), smell, and taste.
  5. Brain ways: neural networks, brain-mind architecture, inter-modal attention, multisensory integration, and neural modulation (punishment/serotonin/pain, reward/dopamine/pleasure/sex, novelty/acetylcholine/norepinephrine, higher emotion).
  6. Experiences/learning: training, learning, development, interaction, performance metrics, and functions of genome.
  7. Behaviors: actions, motor development, concept learning, abstraction, languages, decision making, reasoning, and creativity.
  8. Societies/multi-agent: joint attention, swarm intelligence, group intelligence, genders, races, science of organization, constitutions, and laws.
  9. Diseases: depression, ADD/ADHD, drug addiction, dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, vision loss, and hearing loss.
  10. Applications: image analysis, computer vision, speech recognition, pattern recognition, robotics, artificial intelligence, instrumentation, and prosthetics.

Papers that address issues of multiple disciplines are strongly encouraged. Theoretical and position papers that are of wide interest are also called for. BMI also strives to tolerate new and controversial perspectives. Students of BMI courses are especially encouraged to submit papers as their presentations of research results are an integral part of BMI programs. Papers and abstracts submitted are to be peer-reviewed by the BMI International Program and Conference Committees. Of course, you do not have to provide a solution for the entire brain to submit a paper or abstract!

Accepted full papers will be presented orally at ICBM, available online and searchable (currently we are working with IEEE Explore for this possibility). Each paper will be maximum 8 pages. Papers must use the IEEE manuscript templates for conference proceedings (choose US-letter size).

Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words plus as many as 4 bibliographic citations (4000 characters total). You may cut and paste text during the online submission and then submit a formated abstract (1 page). No figures or tables can be included. Authors of accepted abstracts will give a 5-minute oral summary presentation and a poster presentation. Abstracts will not be included in the conference proceedings, but will be published in the 2012 BMI ICBM program (including the printed conference book) and on-line at the BMI web site along with abstracts of all presentations.

Submit a paper or an abstract. (Closed)

Call for Instructors

BMI summer programs will offer courses in biology, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics. There will be two 3-week sessions, the 1st session June 25 - July 13 and the 2nd session July 16 - August 3. For a tentative list of subjects, visit the BMI Program Page. If the enrollment of a course is healthy, we plan to pay instructor's home institution rate. Each course will provide a teaching assistant (TA) for homework grading and assistance in possible production of the textbook for the following years. The instructor can suggest candidate for TA from his home institution if he prefers. An application for BMI course instructor includes a detailed curriculum vitae, the BMI course number to teach, a sample syllabus of the most related course that he has taught, the salary rate per week that he expects, the expected round-trip air-ticket cost, and the names of three references. If two instructors plan to co-teach a course, indicate the material and the number of instruction days of each instructor. Send your applications to and

Call for BMI Course Applications

BMI summer courses will have two 3-week sessions, the 1st session June 25 - July 13 and the 2nd session July 16 - Aug. 3. BMI courses encourage on site participation to interact with the instructors and students. For those who have difficulties to be on site for a total duration of 3 weeks for each course, material for course lectures is available in digital form for those who have enrolled.

  • Since this 6-discipline scope is new, the BMI courses are designed for anybody who has at least a bachlor degree, including faculty, senior researchers, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students in any discipline. Exceptional undergraduate student can be considered on a case by case basis.
  • On-site participation of ICBM in the same year is required for all course related activities as part of the requirements of the BMI 6DC program, including one-course enrollment, two-course enrollment, and non-course subject tests.
  • Those who do not take BMI course can also register for only ICBM.
  • The courses in the first session do not offer off-site tests because of the close proximity between the test time and the required conference participation.
  • Off-site tests are offered for courses in the second course session only. Approvable applications for pre-arrangement are submitted at least 168 hours (7 days) before the test time.
  • Non-course subject tests are meant for those who have received a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree in the corresponding discipline, but there is no guarantee that a candidate can pass such a test without enrollment in the corresponding BMI course. Applications for non-course subject tests are submitted at least 168 hours (7 days) before the test time.
  • All BMI subject tests are on paper, on-site or off-site. An off-site test must be completed in the same time length as the on-site test, within 24 hours from the starting time of the on-site test, proctored by an pre-approved proctor.

A typical 6DC awardee takes 4 to 5 BMI courses and takes 1 to 2 subject tests for the remaining disciplines that well match his prior degree training. Prior degree certificates themselves are not accepted for BMI 6DC. There is a wide variation in degree programs offered in the world and in the length of time since the degree was received. In each course session, each candidate can register only one course, plus optionally one non-course test during 5:30pm - 8:00pm of the test day. If a candidate register 2 courses per summer, he can receive 6DC in a minimum of two years.

Preliminary Schedule of BMI Summer 2012

Dates and Venues Program and Time Comments

Mon. June 25, 2012 -
Fri. July 13, 2012 (3 weeks)
(1st 2 weeks: on-site optional)
Room 281 Chemistry Building

BMI 1st 6DC session, Mon. - Fri.
9:00am-10:30am, 10:45am-12:15pm: lectures
Afternoon and evening: preparation hours
Social program: Saturdays 6/30, 7/14, optional

BMI 811 Biology for Brain-Mind Research. Must be on-site at BMI during the week of July 9 - 13, 2012

Fri. July 13, 2012
Room 281 Chemistry Building

BMI 6DC exam: Biology
1:30pm - 4:00pm

Exam results are private and confidential

Sat. July 14, 2012 -
Sun. July 15, 2012
Room 1420 Biomedical and Physical Science Building

BMI International Conference on Brain-Mind (ICBM)
Room 1420, BPSB, 567 Wilson Rd
(connected with Chemistry Building)

The participation of ICBM of the year is a condition for all course applicants and discipline testees to pass
Mon. July 16, 2012 -
Fri. August 3, 2012 (3 weeks)
(last 2 weeks: on-site optional)
Room 281 Chemistry Building

BMI 2nd 6DC session, Mon. - Fri.
9:00am-10:30am, 10:45am-12:15pm: lectures
Afternoon and evening: preparation hours
Social program: Saturdays 7/21, 7/28, optional.

BMI 821 Neuroscience for Brain-Mind Research. Must be on-site at BMI during the week of July 16-21, 2012

Fri. August 3, 2012
Room 281 Chemistry Building

BMI 6DC exam: Neuroscience
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Exam results are private and confidential

Mon. Aug. 6 - Fri. Aug. 24, 2012
(3 weeks)
(All off-site)

BMI 871 Computational Brain-Mind, Distance learning via Internet only. Prerequisite: (BMI 811 & BMI 821 & BMI831 & BMI 841 & BMI 851 & BMI 861, or equivalent demonstrated via the CV submitted through the course application, or approval of the instructor).

You learn at home via Internet, watching recorded lectures, doing homeworks (graded) and final exam. (Exam results are private and confidential.) Subject exams are for 6DC, not needed for the BMI 871 prerequisite. BMI 871 sertificate is issued for those who pass the course.

One must apply and get admitted before he can register for a course or exam. To apply, submit the BMI course application form online and attach your detailed curriculum vitae (CV) with sufficient information about the BMI addmission criteria. The criteria for BMI course admission include: (a) A doctoral degree, a master degree, a bachelor degree, or an exceptional student who is currently in an undergraduate program. (b) Evidence showing that the applicant has a potential to become a future leader in related research or career.

The BMI course application form will ask each applicant to specify the order of preferences for the courses. Offering of a course is subject to a minimum number of advance enrollments. BMI will try to meet the preferences of as many qualified applications as possible.

The members of the sponsoring societies are entitled to pay member rates.

Course scholarships are available to those who are admitted to BMI and who apply.

Submit your course/exam application (just like submitting a paper/abstract but into the course track). Through this course/exam application, you apply for admission to BMI. Your will make registration to courses and exams only after your admission. During the online application, you will submit a short abstract about your statement of purpose for BMI admission (maximum 2000 characters), answer the questions for your preferred courses and exams, and submit your detailed CV as an attached file.

Audit BMI Courses

To serve the demands from those who wish to learn the subjects of BMI course but do not wish to consistently do homework, take examinations, and receive a BMI course certificate, BMI has a course category called auditing. A person auditing a BMI course does not need to apply for the BMI admission first and thus can simply register for courses during the registration stage. It is possible for a person in the auditing category to do sufficient homework and take the final exam to pass a course. In this case, he can also receive the corresponding BMI course certificate. However, we expect that such cases are relatively rare, since passing a course requires at least 60% of the composite score.

The registration fees for auditing a course are the same as those for taking the course. Since the number of seats in a classroom is limited (30), the priority for course registration is given to those who have been admitted to BMI. There are only a few seats remaining for each BMI course in 2012, registrations for auditing BMI courses are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Paid registrations that do not get the applied seat will receive a full refund.

Registration Fee
Registration Types

Non-member early registration
(by April 15, 2012)

Non-member late registration
(after April 15, 2012)

Member early Registration
(by April 15, 2012)

Member late registration
(after April 15, 2012)

1-course registration and conference
(3 weeks)

2-course registration and conference
(6 weeks)
3-course registration and conference
(9 weeks)
ICBM Conference only
Each additional subject test
(only for those who do not take or audit a course but wish to take the test)
Each additional proceedings on DVD

Room and Board

  • Housing at Owen Graduate Center has single occupancy bedrooms, where to bedrooms share an adjoining bathroom.  They are not air conditioned, and meals can be purchased a la carte from Riverwalk Market, on the first floor of Owen Graduate Center. 0.2 miles (300 meters), 4 minutes of walk to the MSU Chemistry Building where the BMI courses are offerred. The Biomedical and Physical Science Building for ICBM is next to the Chemistry Building.
    • Single occupancy, under 30 days: $35.00 per person, per night
    • Single occupancy, over 30 days: $30.00 per person, per night
    • No double occupancy is allowed
  • Super 8 East Lansing / University Area offers BMI participants special group rate $36/night 1 person with $5 for extra person + 13% tax. Complementary breakfast and Internet. Microwave and Refrigerator. 1.5 miles (2.4 km), 29 minutes of walk to the MSU Chemistry Building.

  • University Quality Inn offers BMI participants special group rate $50/night + 13% tax on standard king or two double bed rooms (2 persons, $7 each extra person up to totally 4 persons). Complementary breakfast and wireless Internet. Microwave and Refrigerator. 2.3 miles (3.7 km), 45 minutes of walk to the MSU Chemistry Building. The University Quality Inn is offering BMI participants complementary shuttle service to and from the Lansing Airport and to and from the MSU Chemistry Building. As guests call in, they can register for drop off and pick up from the Chemistry Building during their stays. More detail.

  • Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center: 1.8mi, 28 minutes of walk to BPSB, complementary shuttle to the Lansing Capital City Airport

  • East Lansing Marriott at University Place: 1.2mi, 23 minutes of walk to BPSB, complementary shuttle to the Lansing Capital City Airport