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Neural binding of space and time: symposium announcement and call for participation

Mark Elliott elliott at uni-leipzig.de
Sat Nov 6 02:04:55 EST 1999

                                              Neural binding of space
and time:
                                   Spatial and temporal mechanisms of
feature-object binding
                                                University of Leipzig,

                                                    16th-18th March 2000



                                                      Hermann J. Müller1

                                                        Mark A. Elliott1

                                                       Axel Mecklinger2
                                                    Christoph S.
                                                     Glyn W. Humphreys3

                                  1) Institute of Experimental
Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany
                                   2)  Max Planck Institute of Cognitive
Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany
                                   3)  School of Psychology, University
of Birmingham, United Kingdom

                                          Introduction and objectives of
the symposium

Some of the central problems to be solved by the brain - such as
figure-ground coding, object recognition, and the formation of object
memories - concern
the binding of separately coded feature elements into coherent object
representations. The binding problem has recently been approached by
in a variety of disciplines, notably psychology (psychophysics &
experimental psychology), physiology (electrophysiology &
neurophysiology) and
computational modeling (neurocomputing).

Although the wealth of empirical findings and theoretical insights
produced by these various research efforts is readily available in
specialist publications,
there is little direct exchange amongst the various disciplines
involved. However, arguably, future progress towards solving the binding
problem requires an
interdisciplinary approach. The purpose of the symposium is to promote a
dialogue amongst leading experts within the various disciplines, to help
important shared issues and discuss ways of how these issues may be
addressed using convergent (integrated) methodologies. What follows is a
overview of important issues and developments within the three
disciplines psychology, neurophysiology, and computational modeling,
relating to the theme
of the symposium.

The symposium will bring together about 30 leading scientists from
psychology, neurophysiology, and computational modeling in Leipzig,
Germany, in March
2000 (see list of invited participants), to help identify important
shared issues and discuss ways of how these issues may be addressed
using convergent
(integrated) methodologies. Papers presented at the symposium will focus
on issues of figure-ground coding, object recognition and memory
formation, and
will be organized around a set of keynote lectures on the highlighted
themes, to be given by the following speakers:

                                                       Gordon Baylis
                                                (University of South
Carolina, USA):
                                                Psychology of
figure-ground coding.

                                                      Robert Desimone
                                         (National Institute of Mental
Health, Bethesda, USA):
                                                Neurophysiology of
object coding.

                                                     Stephen Grossberg
                                                   (University of
Boston, USA):
                                                Computational modeling
of binding.

                                                     Glyn W. Humphreys
                                                  (University of
Birmingham, UK):
                                                   Neuropsychology of

                                                      James McClelland
                                            (Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, USA):
                                            Computational modeling of
the hippocampus.

                                                        Wolf Singer
                                      (Max-Planck-Institut für
Hirnforschung, Frankfurt, Germany):
                                                   Neurophysiology of

In addition, some 20 - 25 additoonal lectures will be given, details of
prospective speakers may be found at


All keynote lectures and papers presented at the symposium will be
invited as contributions to a special issue of Visual Cognition (edited
by the conference
organisers; acceptance for publication based peer review) to disseminate
the results of the symposium to the wider scientific community.

                                                     Call for

Attendance of the symposium will be open to up to 50 further
participants, above all to postdoctoral researchers and advanced (Ph.D.
level) students,
actively engaged in research on the above issues. Additional
participants will be encouraged to present a poster of their research.
In this case a small
charge of 75 DM (Deutschemark) (approximately US$37), for registered
Ph.D students and 150 DM (US$75) for postdoctoral researchers, will be
levied for
attendance at the symposium. Selected poster abstracts may be published
in the Visual Cognition special issue.

Participants who wish to present a poster at the symposium should submit
an abstract of no more than 2000 characters or 200 -250 words to

abstracts at psychologie.uni-leipzig.de

no later than November 30th, 1999.

For further information please email the secretariat at

symposium at psychologie.uni-leipzig.de.

many thanks

Mark Elliott


Mark A. Elliott

Universität Leipzig.
Institut für Allgemeine Psychologie.
Seeburgstr. 14/20,
D-04103 Leipzig.

Tel: ++49 (0)341 97 359 57
Fax: ++49 (0)341 97 359 69

email: elliott at uni-leipzig.de


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