Call For Paper

The 2nd International Conference on Cognitive Neurodynamics

November 15-19, 2009
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

The 1st Announcement and Call for Papers

Five decades of brain research have led to the emergence of a new field, which spans the entire spectrum of cognition from synaptic dynamics to social interactions, and which is combined by the conceptions of nonlinear neurodynamics operating simultaneously at and across all scales. A new kind of scientists is emerging, schooled in multiple academic disciplines, comfortable in working with data from different levels, and conversant with the mathematical and computational tools that are essential to cross boundaries.

Cognition in its essence is dynamic and multilayered, and pursuit of new clues inevitably leads from one layer to the next, both reductionist and holistic. A trend to study cognition from the point of view of neurodynamics has emerged as a result of the current, rapid developments taking place in nonlinear dynamics and cognitive science. In order to promote the integration of cognitive science and neurodynamics as a whole, the 2nd International Conference on Cognitive Neurodynamics -2009 (ICCN'09) is organized by East China University of Science & Technology and Zhejiang University to take place in Hangzhou, China November 15-19, 2009. The conference will provide a forum for scientists and engineers working in this exciting area and its related fields to review the latest progress and development, and to exchange their experience, progress and ideas. An Editorial Board Meeting of "Cognitive Neurodynamics" will also be held during the period. The conference will consist of three-day oral and poster presentation, and a one-day city tour on the last day.

Sponsors and Organizers

This conference is sponsored by
East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China
Zhejiang University, China
"Cognitive Neurodynamics" published by Springer Science + Business Media B.V., Germany

Co-Sponsored by
Brain Science Center, Tamagawa University. Japan
Brain Science Research Center, KAIST, Korea
Chinese Society for Neuroscience (CSN)
Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTPM)
International Neural Network Society (INNS)
Japanese Neural Network Society (JNNS)
Research Center for Brain Science, Fudan University, China
RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN BSI), Japan
Shanghai Society for Nonlinear Science (SSNS)

Organized by
East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST)
Zhejiang University, China

Supported by
The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
Beijing University of Technology, China
Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Shanghai University, China
Shanxi Normal University, China
South East University, China
Tongji University , China
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Organizing Committee

Honorary Chairs:
Amari, Shun-ichi (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
Freeman, Walter J. (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Haken, Hermann (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Richmond, Barry J. (NIMH/NIH/DHHS )
Tang, Xiaowei (Zhejiang University, China)
Taylor, John (King's College, UK)

General Chair:
Wang, Rubin (East China University of Science and Technology, China)

Li, Guang (Zhejiang University, China)
Hu, Haiyan (Beijing Institute of Technology, China)
Ishikawa, Masumi (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)
Lu, Qishao (Beijing Univ. Aeronautics and Astronautics, China)
Sandner, (University Louis Pasteur, France)
Tsukada, Minoru (Tamagawa University, Japan)

International Advisory Committee Chairs:
Adeli, Hojjat (The Ohio State University, USA)
Chu, Jian (Zhejiang University, China)
Kötter, Rolf (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Schöner, Gregor (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)
Wang, Deliang (The Ohio State University, U.S.A)
Usui, Shiro (RIKEN BSI, Japan)
Aihara, Kazuyuki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Cao, Jinde (Southeast University, China)
Cateau, Hide (New York University, USA)
Chen, Liqun (Shanghai University, China)
Deco, Gustavo (Universitat Pomeu, Fabra, Spain)
Érdi, Peter (Kalamazoo College, KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
Fukai, Tomoki (Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan)
Hayashi, Hatsuo (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)
Hoffmann, Klaus-Peter (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
Kamel, Mohamed (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Kaski, Samuel (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland)
König, Peter (University Osnabrück, Germany)
Li, Chaoyi (Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China)
Longtin, André (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Maass, Wolfgang (Technische Universität Graz, Austria)
Narayanan, Srini (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Olds, James L. (George Mason University, USA)
Principe, Jose C. (University of Florida, USA)
Shou, Tiande (Fudan University, China)
Sporns, Olaf (Indiana University, USA)
Sun, Mingui (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Szeto, K.Y. (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
Teich, Malvin Carl (Boston Univeristy, USA)
Tirri, Henry (University of Helsinki, Helsinki University of Technology, NRC Nokia Research Center, Finland)
Trappenberg, Thomas (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Tsuda, Ichiro (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Van Leeuwen, Cees (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
Ventriglia, Francesco (Institute of Cybernetics of CNR, Italy)
Yamguchi, Yoko (RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI),Japan)
Yang, Fusheng (Tsinghua University, China)
Zhang, Wei (Beijing University of Technology, China)
Zhu, Weiqiu (Zhejiang University, P.R. China)

Program Committee Chair:
Gu, Fanji (Shanghai Society for Biophysics/Fudan University, China)
Egan, Gary (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Kozma, Robert (The University of Memphis, USA)
Lee, Soo-Young (BSRC, KAIST, Korea)
Liljenström, Hans (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Nara, Shigetoshi (Okayama University, Japan)
Wang, Lipo (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Aertsen, Ad (Albert-Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg, Germany)
Andras, Peter (University of Newcastle, UK)
beim Graben, Peter (Reading University, UK)
Brette, Romain (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France)
Cao, Jianting (Sitama Institute of Technology, Japan)
Del Moral Hernandez, Emilio (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Depireux, Didier (University of Maryland, USA)
Ding, Mingzhou (University of Florida, USA)
Erwin, Harry (University of Sunderland, UK)
Feldman, Jerry (ICSI, University of California at Berkeley, USA)
Franceschini, Nicolas (CNRS/Univ. de la Méditerranée, France)
Fujii, Hiroshi (Kyoto Sangyo Univ. Japan)
Gao, Shangkai (Tsinghua University, China)
Giese, Martin (University Clinic Tübingen, Germany)
Goldfarb, Lev (University of New Brunswick, Canada)
Graham, Lyle J. (Laboratory of Neurophysics and Physiology, CNRS, France)
Gu, Xingsheng (East China University of Science and Technology, P.R.China)
Hellgren Kotaleski, Jeanette (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Hofmann, Ulrich G. (University of Lübeck, Germany)
Jiang, Tianzi (Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China)
Kashimori, Yoshiki (Univ. of Electro-Communications, Japan)
Kay, Leslie M. (University of Chicago, USA)
Kendall, Graham (University of Nottingham, UK)
Lappe, Markus (Westfälische Wilhelms University, Germany)
Lee, Vincent C S (Monash University, Australia)
Liang, Hualou (University of Texas, USA)
Liang, Peiji (Shanghai Jiaotong Univ. China)
Matsuoka, Kiyotoshi (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)
Neskovic, Pedja (Brown University, USA)
Ogmen, Haluk (University of Houston, USA)
Safronov, Boris V. (IBMC, Portugal)
Tong, Qinye (Zhejiang University, China)
Van Ooyen, Arjen (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands)
Van Pelt, Jaap (Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences, The Netherlands)
Wright, James (Auckland University, New Zealand)
Wu, Si (The University of Sussex, UK)
Xu, Jian (Tongji University, China)
Xu, Jianxue (Xi’an Jiaotong University, P. R. China)
Young, Eric D. (Johns Hopkins Univ., USA)
Zhang, Liming (Fudan University, China)
Zhang, Liqing (Shanghai Jiaotong Univ., China)
Zhou, Jing (Shanghai University, China)

Proceedings Chairs:
Shen, Enhua (East China University of Science and Technology,.China)

Financial Chairperson:
Wang, You (Zhejiang University, China)

Zhang, Jin (Zhejiang University, China)

Local Organization Committee

Li, Guang (Zhejiang University)
Tong, Qinye (Zhejiang University, China)
Hu, Meng (Zhejiang University, China)
Zheng, Junbao (Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China)

Topics include but are not limited to the following:
1. Microscopic cognitive neurodynamics
     1.1 Molecular cognitive neurodynamics
     1.2 Synaptic dynamics
     1.3 Dynamic neural coding
     1.4 Realistic Neural Network dynamics
2. Mesoscopic cognitive neurodynamics; Transitions between Levels
    2.1 Population dynamics
    2.2 Chaotic dynamics
    2.3 Phase transitions in excitable media
    2.4 Complexity theory applied to brain
    2.5 Synergetics, metastability
    2.6 Quantum Field Theory
    2.7 Neuropercolation
    2.8 Self-assembly, artificial life
3. Macroscopic cognitive neurodynamics
    3.1 Brain imaging, EEG, MEG
    3.2 Sensory Dynamics (including computational vision and audition)
    3.3 Motor system dynamics
    3.4 Navigation
    3.5 Action planning and control
    3.6 Learning and memory
    3.7 Global cognitive functions (Object recognition, Attention, Intention, Language, neurolinguistics, semiotics, Decision Making, Reasoning and planning, Emotion, Consciousness etc.)
4. Applications
    4.1 Neural Engineering
    4.2 Neurocomputer
    4.3 Neural computing
    4.4 Advanced robotics
    4.5 Behavior modification
    4.6 Neuroinformatics
    4.7 Cognitive function disorder

Keynote Speakers:
Adeli, Hojjat (The Ohio State University, USA)
Amari, Shun-ichi (RIKEN BSI, Japan)
Freeman, Walter J. (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
Jiang, Tianzi (Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China)
Kötter, Rolf (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Liljenström, Hans (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Richmond, Barry J. (NIMH/NIH/DHHS, USA)
Taylor, John (King's College, UK)
Usui, Shiro (RIKEN BSI, Japan)

Important Deadlines:
April 30, 2009                      Proposals for mini-symposium & special session
May 31, 2009                       Paper Submission June 30, 2009 Decision Notification
July 31, 2009                       Final Version Submission / Advanced Registration
August 15, 2009                   Proposals for organizing the 3rd ICCN-2011

Proposals for organizing mini-symposia or special sessions are welcomed and encouraged, in which the names and affiliations of the organizers, topic, and estimated number of speakers should be indicated. Proposals for special sessions or mini-symposium should be e-mailed to:

Proposals for organizing the 3rd ICCN’11 are welcomed and encouraged, in which the names and affiliations of the organizers, dates and venue should be indicated. Strong points and what the organizers can provide should also be indicated. All the financial problems should be solved and dealt with by the organizers. Proposals should also be e-mailed to:
The final decision will be voted by the Editorial Board of “Cognitive Neurodynamics” and announced at ICCN’09.

Paper Submission:
Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality manuscripts written in English. The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted elsewhere for possible publication. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field based on originality, significance, quality and clarity. Submitted papers should be no longer than 4 A4 pages (single spaced). A charge of USD50 per page is needed for pages longer than the 4 free pages.

Paper Format:
Details about paper submission and paper format will be announced shortly.

Publication of the proceedings:
Proceedings will be published by Springer Science + Business Media B.V. Furthermore, a selected number of authors will be invited to expand and revise their papers for possible inclusions in "Cognitive Neurodynamics", a peer-reviewed international journal published by Springer.

Registration fees:
The registration fee is US$500 for regular participants before the deadline (July 31, 2009), US$550 after the deadline, which includes a copy of the proceedings, reception, coffee break, daily meals, banquet, and a one-day city tour. As we can not accept online credit card payment, one can still pay the regular payment at desk by credit card (only VISA, MASTER and YINLIAN are accepted), if he or she registers online before the deadline and inform this matter to the financial chairperson of ICCN’09 in advance. Any accompanied family member should pay US$200 for reception and daily meals before the deadline (US$250 after the deadline) if they wish to participate in these activities, and an additional US$100 for the banquet and the city tour, if they wish. Equivalent RMB, Euro or Japanese Yen is accepted. Each paper must have 1 dedicated registration with full payment for the paper to be included in the proceedings. Otherwise, the submitted paper will not be included in the proceedings and the conference program.

Venue – Zhejiang Univeristy, Hangzhou China
Shao Yifu Science Hall is the conference center within the Yuquan campus of Zhejiang University, which is not far from the famous west lake.

Accommodation affairs will be announced later.

About Hangzhou:
Hangzhou, located on the lower reaches of the Qiantang River in southeast China, is a beautiful resort only 180 kilometers to Shanghai. Once applauded as “the most splendid and luxurious city in the world” by Marco Polo, the Italian traveler in the 13th century, Hangzhou is still one of China's most important tourist venues with its famous natural beauty and cultural heritages today. The West Lake is undoubtedly the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. In this scenic area, Solitary Hill, the Mausoleum of General Yue Fei, the Six Harmonies Pagoda, and the Ling Yin Temple are probably the most frequently visited attractions. The “Ten West Lake Prospects” have been specially selected to give the visitor outstanding views of the lake, mountains and monuments. A number of national museums, such as the National Silk Museum and Tea Museum, can be found in Hangzhou and are representative of Chinese culture.
One of the most important parts of traveling is to taste the local delicacies. Hangzhou dishes are noted for their elaborate preparation, sophisticated cooking and refreshing taste. The shopping environment in Hangzhou is exciting and convenient. Silk products and green tea are most famous.

Contact Us
Payment methods for your registration fee and accommodation will be announced shortly. Please check our website from time to time to get the necessary information in time. Its address is:

If you want to know something about ICCN’07, the last one of the series conferences, please check its website:

Anyone who is interested in obtaining more information about ICCN'09 or has questions, please contact the following persons:
For general and academic affairs, please contact:
Prof. Fanji Gu, and copy to Dr. Enhua Shen

For financial, accommodation and local affairs, please contact the following person:
Dr. You Wang