Study Program

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ISTITUTO ITALIANO PER GLI STUDI FILOSOFICI
promotes and supports the
Study Program on
UPWARD AND DOWNWARD CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PERCEPTION PROCESSES
articulated in two International Schools

International School of Biophysics
"FROM STRUCTURE TO INFORMATION IN SENSORY SYSTEMS"
Isle of Ischia (Naples), Italy
October 14-19, 1996
Opening Ceremony:
Naples, morning of October 14, 1996

International School of Biocybernetics
"DOWNWARD PROCESSES IN THE PERCEPTION REPRESENTATION 
MECHANISMS"
Isle of Ischia (Naples), Italy
October 21-26, 1996
Opening Ceremony:
Naples, morning of October 21, 1996


SCHOOLS' DIRECTOR
Cloe Taddei-Ferretti
Istituto di Cibernetica, CNR


LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Antonio Cotugno
Carlo Musio
Salvatore Piantedosi
Silvia Santillo
Istituto di Cibernetica, CNR


ORGANIZING INSTITUTE
Istituto di Cibernetica, CNR
Via Toiano, 6
I-80072 Arco Felice (NA), Italy
Tel: +39-81-8534113/131
Fax: +39-81-5267654


OTHER SUPPORTERS
National Group of Cybernetics and Biophysics, Italian National Research
Council (GNCB, CNR)

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BIOPHYSICS
"FROM STRUCTURE TO INFORMATION IN SENSORY SYSTEMS"
Isle of Ischia, Naples, Italy
October 14-19, 1996

ADVISORY BOARD
Carr (USA), Lancet (IL), Paul (CAN), Stieve (D), Torre (I), Van Houten (USA)

INVITED LECTURERS AMONG OTHERS

Session I - Chemoreceptive Systems and Chemotransductive Processes
W.E.S. Carr (USA) 1. The role of chemical senses and specific chemicals in
controlling different facets of the behavior of aquatic animals
2. Receptor and perireceptor components of chemosensory systems
A. Cavaggioni (I) 1. Olfaction. I
2. Olfaction. II
D. Lancet (IL) 1. Olfaction: from receptor genes to neural information
processing. Molecular recognition and trasduction in olfactory system
2. Olfaction: from receptor genes to neural information processing. Neuronal
processing of molecular shape information

Session II - Mechanoreceptive Systems and Mechanotransductive Processes
M. Juusola (FIN) 1. Signal encoding in spider slit-sense organ
mechanoreceptor neurons
H.Machemer (D) 1. Mechano-sensorimotor organization in the Ciliate organism.
Basis
2. The dealing with gravity at the unicellular level. Concepts and data
G.K. Yates (ASL) 1. Mechanical signal conditioning in the mammalian cochlea:
linear processes
2. Mechanical signal conditioning in the mammalian cochlea: non linear processes
D.C. Wood (USA) 1. Mechanisms of mechanoreception. The place of a small
organism in the big picture

Session III - Photoreceptive Systems and Phototransductive Processes
T. Gotow (JAP) 1. Depolarizing and hyperpolarizing receptor potentials of
the molluscan extra-ocular photoreceptor cells
2. Cyclic GMP-activated K+ channels of the molluscan extra-ocular
photoreceptor cells
K.G. Goetz (D) 1. Processing of visual information in the fruitfly Drosophila. I
2. Processing of visual information in the fruitfly Drosophila. II
H.C. Hardie (UK) 1. Properties of the light-sensitive channels in Drosophila
2. The role of Ca++ in Drosophila phototransduction
M. Juusola (FIN) 2. Processing visual information by graded potential
transmission in blowfly photoreceptor-LMC synapses
E. Nasi (USA) 1. Visual excitation mechanisms in rhabdomeric photoreceptors:
multiple light-dependent channels, ion permeation and gating
2. Bridging the gap between vertebrate and invertebrate phototransduction:
the light-activated conductance in molluscan hyperpolarizing photoreceptors
H. Stieve (D) 1. Phototransduction in Invertebrates and Vertebrates.
Structure-function relation
D.C. Wood (USA) 2. Photophobic responses in Stentor and Blepharisma from an
electrophysiological perspective


INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BIOCYBERNETICS
"DOWNWARD PROCESSING IN THE PERCEPTION REPRESENTATION 
MECHANISMS"
Isle of Ischia, Naples, Italy
October 21-26, 1996

ADVISORY BOARD
Berlucchi (I), Glezer (CSI), Ingvar (SW), Libet (USA), Poeppel (D), Pribram
(USA)

INVITED LECTURERS AMONG OTHERS

Session I - Perception and Representation
T. Bachmann (EE) 1. The theory of perceptual retouch in explaining the
dynamics of visibility of brief visual images
2. Some empirical tests for the predictions derived from the theory of
perceptual retouch
G. Basti (I) 1. Neural images and neural coding
V.D. Glezer (CSI) 1. Two mechanisms of visual cortex. Spatial frequency
analysis and primitives
2. The role of this mechanisms in abstract and full description of image in
different hemispheres
D.H. Ingvar (S) 1. A top-down model for language perception and production
A. Perrone (I) 1. Information coding in the brain
T. Radil (CZ) 1. Descendent control of perception
R. Sekuler (USA) 1. Motion perception. General introduction
2. Motion perception. Cooperation between top-down and bottom-up influences
S. Ullman (IL) 1. Visual object recognition
2. Bottom-up and top-down processing in the visual cortex
N. Troje (D) 1. Generalization to novel views of faces. Psychophysics and models
2. Representations of human faces

Session II - The Unconscious and Consciousness
D.H. Ingvar (S) 2. A "kantian" model of consciouness
B. Libet (USA) 1. Neural time factors in cerebral mediation of conscious vs.
unconscious sensory perception
2. Unconscious cerebral initiative and the role of conscious will in
voluntary action
T. Radil (CZ) 2. Conscious and unconscious olfaction

Session III - Mental Events
K.H. Pribram (USA) 1. Comprehension: the contributions of the posterior
cerebral convexity in enhancing processing span
2. Envisioning properties, priorities and pratical influences: the far
frontal cortex as executive processor
T. Radil (CZ) 3. A philosophical frame from neuroscience

AIM OF THE SCHOOLS
The Schools are foreseen as training for young researchers while bringing up
to date the experienced ones, by means of both formal lectures and discussions.

SCHOOL(S) FEE
The fee for one School is Lit (Italian Lire) 850,000, for both Schools is
Lit 1,500,000.
The fee includes full board and lodging in Ischia (arranged by the School
Organization) from the dinner of (the first) Monday to the lunch of (the
last) Saturday, the lunch(es) of Monday(s) in Naples after the Introductory
lecture(s), coffee breaks, social dinner(s), touristic excursion(s),
programme(s), abstract booklet(s), and proceedings' volume(s).
The fee must be payed by bank transfer to: 
"Bio School", account no. 8059002, Banca Commerciale Italiana, Filiale
Fuorigrotta, SWIFT BCIT 
IT MM 514, ABI 2002, CAB 3412, Piazza San Vitale 13, Napoli, Italy.

GRANTS
Limited support can be granted at the end of each School to some students of
deserving countries who need financial help.
Those wishing to apply for a grant should submit a request, together with
the Registration Form, and with a letter of the Head of the Department of
affiliation confirming the impossibility to provide a total support.

LODGING
The Schools are residential; both, the invited lecturers and the other
participants are grouped in the same location (a few minutes walk distance
from the sea), in order to promote discussion also after the lecture time.
The single rooms will be reserved for the early registrations.
The instructions to reach the hotel will be sent to regularly registered
participants.
Full board and lodging for extra days and/or for accompanying person(s) is
Lit 100,000 per day and per person.
For those wishing to stay some more days, one can add that the isle of
Ischia is close to Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Vesuvio, Pompei, Paestum, Cuma.

ABSTRACT
Participants may offer, in the form of oral presentation (5-10 min), the
results of their own current researches. Applicants should submit to the
Director of the Schools one A4 page abstract, in order to be included among
the lecturer abstracts, which will be distributed at each School.
Furthermore, a short paper (max four A4 pages, prepared according to the
instructions that will be sent to the applicants) can be submitted, in order
to be published in the proceeding volume, with the lecturer papers, by an
international editing company. The paper will be placed under the judgment
of the Advisory Board, which reserves the right of rejecting papers non
suitable for publication.

DEADLINES
Deadline for registration: July 5, 1996.
Deadline for accommodation: July 5, 1996.
Deadline for abstract submission: July 26, 1996.
Deadline for paper submission: September 20, 1996.

A copy of the Bank Receipt of the Fee Payment as well as the Registration
and Accommodation 
Forms must be returned within July 5, 1996 to:

Carlo Musio, Antonio Cotugno or Silvia Santillo
of the Local Organizing Committee
Istituto di Cibernetica, CNR
Via Toiano 6
I-80072 Arco Felice (NA), Italy
Tel.: +39-81-8534113/8534131
Fax: +39-81-5267654
E-mail: neuros at mail.irtemp.na.cnr.it


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