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Programs: Summer 2013

Summer School June 17 - July 5, July 15 - August 2, 2013
International Conference on Brain-Mind (ICBM), July 27 - 28, 2013
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan USA

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Important dates

ICBM: July 27 - 28, 2013
Advance registration: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Course applications (to get admitted so that you can register): by Sunday, April 28, 2013
Abstracts: by Sunday, April 21, 2013
Full papers: by Sunday, April 14, 2013 (extended to April 21, 2013)

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

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

Call for ICBM Papers and Abstracts

BMI Internal Conference on Brain-Mind (ICBM) calls for papers in all subjects related to brain or mind to be presented during Saturday and Sunday. 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. Each paper will be maximum 8 pages. Papers must use the IEEE manuscript templates for conference proceedings (choose US-letter size). Authors of accepted papers will give an oral presentation. Accepted full papers will be published in the ICBM Proceedings available online at the BMI web site.

Abstracts must be no longer than one page including bibliographic citations. You may cut and paste text during the online submission for a brief abstract (like that in a paper) and then submit a formatted extended abstract (1 letter size page). No figures or tables can be included. Authors of accepted abstracts will give an oral summary presentation. Abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings on-line at the BMI web site.

Call for BMI Course Applications

BMI summer courses will have two 3-week sessions, the 1st session June 17 - July 5, 2013 and the 2nd session July 15-August 2, 2013. 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.

  • Due to the need of 6-discipline scope, the BMI courses are designed for anybody who has at least a bachelor 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.
  • Those who do not take a BMI course can also register for only ICBM.

Preliminary Schedule of BMI Summer 2013

Dates and Venues Program Comments

Mon. June 17, 2013 -
Fri. July 5, 2013 (3 weeks)

BMI 871 Computational Brain-Mind, distance learning via Internet only. Prerequisite desirable: BMI 811 & BMI 821 & BMI831 & BMI 841 & BMI 851 & BMI 861, but an engineering background is sufficient for understanding much of the material.

You learn at home via Internet, watching recorded lectures, doing homework (graded) and final exam. (Exam results are private and confidential.) BMI 871 certificate is issued for those who pass the course. Auditing (without taking exam and certificate) also requires registration.

July 15, 2013 - August 2, 2013
(3 weeks)
Room 3105 Engineering Building

BMI 831 Cognitive Science for Brain-Mind Research

On-site or distance learning. BMI 831 certificate is issued for those who pass the course. Exam results are private and confidential. Auditing (without taking exam and certificate) also requires registration.

Sat. July 27, 2013 -
Sun. July 28, 2013
Room 1420 Biomedical and Physical Science Building (BPDB)

BMI International Conference on Brain-Mind (ICBM)

The participation of ICBM of the year is an opportunity for BMI 831 and BMI 871 on-site students

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 admission 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, 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 May 5, 2013)

Non-member late registration
(after May 5, 2013)

Member early Registration
(by May 5, 2013)

Member late registration
(after May 5, 2013)

1-course registration and conference
(3 weeks)

2-course registration and conference
(6 weeks)
ICBM Conference only
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 BMI course site and the ICBM site.
  • Super 8 East Lansing / University Area Microwave and Refrigerator. 1.5 miles (2.4 km), 29 minutes of walk to the MSU Chemistry Building.

  • University Quality Inn 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