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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
  • Directions

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 (NSF BCS 1259780).

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