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Program: Summer 2014

Summer School, Beijing, June 16 - July 4, 2014
International Conference on Brain-Mind (ICBM), Beijing, July 12 - 13, 2014
Summer School, Beijing, July 14 - August 1, 2014
Institute of Automation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA), Beijing, China

Co-Sponsored and Co-Organized by
Brain-Mind Institute and
Brainnetome Center of CASIA, Beijing, China

Co-Located with WCCI 2014

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Important dates

Course applications (to get admitted so that you can register): by Sunday, April 6, 2014 (extended a week)
Tuition waiver applications (full-time students only, mark in your course application): by Sunday, April 6, 2014 (extended a week)
ICBM full papers: by Sunday, April 13, 2014 (extended a week)
ICBM abstracts: by Sunday, April 20, 2014
Notification of admission: April 27, 2014
Notification of tuition waiver: April 27, 2014
Advance registration: by Sunday, May 11, 2014
Internatioinal Conference on Brain Mind (ICBM): July 12-13, 2014

Submit your course application, mark the tuition waiver application for students, just like submitting a paper/abstract but into the Course Track, at the BMI CMT site.

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

ICBM Talks

Brainnetome: A New Avenue to Understand the Brain and its Disorders
Tianzi Jiang
Brainnetome Center
Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Abstract | Video

Neuromorphic Motivational Systems for Sequential Tasks in Dynamic Environment
Dongshu Wang, Yihai Duan, and Juyang Weng

Salient Region Detection by Combining Background Contrast and Connectivity
Jiamei Shuai, Zhiguo Ma, Laiyun Qing, and Jun Miao

Visual Perceptual Learning and Its Brain Mechanisms A New Perspective
Cong Yu
Department of Psychology and Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences
Peking University, Beijing
Abstract | Video

Scale-Free Music of the Brain
Dezhong Yao
International Joint Research Center for NeuroInformation, Key Laboratory for NeuroInformation of Ministry of Education
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu
Abstract | Video

The Brain Works like Bridge-Islands with Modulation
Juyang Weng
Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Neurocience,
Fudan University and Michigan State University
Abstract | Video

The New Memory Technology to Support Brain-Like Computer
Luping Shi
Optical Memory National Engineering Research Center, Department of PrecisionInstrument,
Tsinghua University
Abstract | Video

Comparison between WWN and Some Prior Networks
Zejia Zheng and Juyang Weng

An Experimental Study on Simulating Human Eye Searching Paths
Using an Eye-Movement Control Model Based on Neural Coding of Visual Context

Lijuan Duan, Zhiguo Ma, Jili Gu, Jun Miao

Brain-Inspired Multi-Anything Algorithms for Medical Image Analysis and Computer Vision
Bart M. ter  Haar Romeny
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Northeastern University, Shenyang, China
Abstract | Video

Information Processing in the Visual Pathway
Zhongzhi Shi
Key Laboratory of Intelligent Information Processing
Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Abstract | Video

Control for the Autonomy of Mobile Robots
Jianda Han
State Key Laboratory of Robotics
Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Abstract | Video

Multimodal Fusion of Brain Imaging Data and Its Applications in Mental Disorders
Jing Sui
Brainnetome Center
Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Abstract | Video

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, laws, and cultures.
  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 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) using the IEEE format that ICBM papers use. No figures or tables can be included. You should fill the entire letter-size page fully with text but the number of references is not more than 4. 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 16 - July 4, 2014 and the 2nd session July 14 - August 1, 2014. 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 to take the distance learning option.

  • 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 2014

Dates and Venues Program Comments

Mon. June 16, 2014 -
Fri. July 4, 2014
(3 weeks)
CASIA, Beijing, China

BMI 831 Cognitive Science for Brain-Mind Research
Instructor: Vassilis Cutsuridis

On-site at CASIA 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.

July 6, 2014 - July 11, 2014 WCCI 2014 Not a BMI program, but BMI encourages to participate.

Sat. July 12, 2014 -
Sun. July 13, 2014
CASIA, Beijing, China

BMI International Conference on Brain-Mind (ICBM)

On-site at CASIA or distance learning. The participation of ICBM of the year is an opportunity for BMI 831 and BMI 871 on-site students.

Mon. July 14, 2014 -
Fri. August 1, 2014
(3 weeks)
CASIA, Beijing, China

BMI 871 Computational Brain-Mind
Instructor: Juyang Weng

On-site at CASIA or distance learning. BMI 871 certificate is issued for those who pass the course. Exam results are private and confidential. Auditing (without taking exam and certificate) also requires registration.

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 11, 2014)

Non-member late registration
(after May 11, 2014)

Member early Registration
(by May 11, 2014)

Member late registration
(after May 11, 2014)

1-course registration and conference
(3 weeks)

2-course registration and conference
(6 weeks)
ICBM Conference only
Each additional proceedings on DVD

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