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Seventeenth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems

The conference is aimed at researchers and students of computational neuroscience, cognitive science, neural networks, neuromorphic engineering, and artificial intelligence. It includes invited lectures and contributed lectures and posters by experts on the biology and technology of how the brain and other intelligent systems adapt to a changing world. The conference is particularly interested in exploring how the brain and biologically-inspired algorithms and systems in engineering and technology can learn. Single-track oral and poster sessions enable all presented work to be highly visible. Three-hour poster sessions with no conflicting events will be held on two of the conference days. Posters will be up all day, and can also be viewed during breaks in the talk schedule.

As in previous years, the conference will focus on solutions to the questions

  • How does the brain control behavior?
  • How can technology emulate biological intelligence?

This year's conference will include, in addition to regular invited and contributed talks and posters, two workshops on the topics:

  • Neural dynamics of value-based decision-making and cognitive planning
  • Social cognition: from babies to robots

This interdisciplinary conference is attended each year by approximately 300 people from 30 countries around the world.

Event Dates

June 4 – 7, 2013
Boston University
CompNet Building
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 USA

Inquiries to Sarah Swenson


ICCNS is sponsored by the Boston University Center for Adaptive Systems, Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet), and the Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science, and Technology (CELEST) with financial support from the National Science Foundation.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Todd Braver
    Washington University, St. Louis
    Flexible neural mechanisms of cognitive control: Influences on reward-based decision-making
  • Alfonso Carramaza
    Harvard University
    The organization of object processing in the visual ventral stream: The role of object domain
  • Marisa Carrasco
    New York University
    Effects of attention on perceptual learning
  • Patrick Cavanagh
    Universite Paris Descartes
    Common functional architecture for spatial attention and perceived location
  • Robert Desimone
    Plenary Speaker
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Prefrontal-visual cortex interactions in attention
  • Asif Ghazanfar
    Princeton University
    Evolving and developing communication through coupled oscillations
  • Stephen Grossberg
    Boston University
    Behavioral economics and neuroeconomics: Cooperation, competition, preference, and decision-making
  • Joy Hirsch
    Columbia University Medical Center
    Neural circuits for conflict resolution
  • Roberta Klatzky
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Multi-modal interactions within and between senses
  • Kevin LaBar
    Duke University
    Neural systems for fear generalization
  • Randi Martin
    Rice University
    Memory retrieval and interference during language comprehension
  • Andrew Meltzoff
    University of Washington
    How to build a baby with social cognition: Accelerating learning by generalizing across self and other
  • Javier Movellan
    University of California, San Diego
    Optimal control approaches to the analysis and synthesis of social behavior
  • Mary Potter
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Recognizing briefly presented pictures: Feedforward processing?
  • Barry Richmond
    National Institutes of Health
    Roles of prefrontal and temporal cortices in learning and assessing reward values
  • Pieter Roelfsema
    The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
    Neuronal mechanisms for perceptual organization
  • Daniel Salzman
    Columbia University
    Cognitive signals in the amygdala
  • Daniel Schacter
    Plenary Speaker
    Harvard University
    Constructive memory and imagining the future
  • Helen Tager-Flusberg
    Boston University
    Identifying early neurobiological risk markers for autism spectrum disorder in the first year of life
  • Jan Theeuwes
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Prior history shapes selection
  • James Todd
    Ohio State University
    The perception of 3D shape from texture
  • Jeremy Wolfe
    Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital
    How selective and non-selective pathways contribute to visual search in scenes

Event Abstracts

All abstracts for invited talks, contributed talks, and poster sessions are now available online at

Event Information