Computational models, algorithms and applications



Cetraro – Italy, July 6-10, 2015



Main Aim

Progr. Committee




Workshop Agenda






Main Aim



The international workshop on Brain-inspired Computing aims to bring together researchers involved in various aspects of this field of research: computational modelling of brain organization, computer algorithms, practical applications, implementations on general purpose computers and special purpose computing devices, as well as its relation to pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and visualisation.


There will be three days of lectures (July 6, 7 and 8) and two days with a panel session, group of interest meetings and free informal discussions (July 9 and 10). The lectures are meant to provide an overview of the state of the art and seeds for the subsequent discussions. The discussions will be conducted in small dynamically changing groups. They aim at facilitating new ideas, collaborations and plans, building of new research networks, producing a comprehensive list of groups and individual researchers working in this area, and finding points of encounter with the EU flagship, the Human Brain Project.


Programme and Organisation Committee



Thomas Lippert, Co-chair


Nicolai Petkov, Co-chair

(The Netherlands)

Lucio Grandinetti Co-chair


Katrin Amunts, Co-chair


Jack Dongarra


Frank Baetke


Gerhard Joubert


Deo Prakash Vidyarthi


Francesco Pavone




Speakers (provisional)



So far the following speakers have confirmed their participation:




Katrin Amunts

(INM at FZJ and Uni Duesseldorf, Germany)

Towards new BigBrain data sets - 3D reconstruction of histological data on supercomputers

Markus Axer

(INM at FZJ, Jülich, Germany)

Large-scale Fiber Orientation Models Derived from 3D Polarized Light Imaging

George Azzopardi

(University of Malta)

Combination Of Receptive Fields (CORF): A novel computational simple cell model with application to contour detection and delineation

Antonio Bandera

(University of Malaga, Spain)

Deep representations for collaborative robotics

Costas Bekas

(Foundations of Cognitive Computing IBM Research – Zurich)

Analysis of Large Scale Networks

Michael Biehl

(University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Prototype based relevance learning and its application in the bio-medical domain

Ganesh Dasika

(ARM, Texas, USA)

Keeping brain-inspired computing fed

Michael Denker

(INM at FZJ, Jülich, Germany)

Reproducible workflows for the analysis of electrophysiological data

Alain Destexhe

(Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)

Characterization of network states from multi-electrode recordings in human and monkey cerebral cortex

Markus Diesmann

(INM at FZJ, Jülich, Germany)

Necessity and feasibility of brain-scale simulation or My brain is finite

Bart ter Haar Romeny

(Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Pinwheel-inspired multi-orientation scores: contextual models and computer vision applications

Wolfgang Halang

(FernUniversiteit, Hagen, Germany)

A Cephalomorph Real-time Computer

Claus Hilgetag

(Univ. Hamburg, Germany)

Linking intrinsic cytoarchitecture and extrinsic connections of the cerebral cortex

Tianzi Jiang

(Institute of Automation, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Brainnetome Atlas: A New Brain Atlas Based on Connectivity Profiles

Torsten Kuhlen

(JSC at FZJ and RWTH, Aachen, Germany)

About the (Non-)Sense of Immersion in Neuroscientific Data Analysis

Marcel Kunze

Heidelberg University, Germany

Stereoscopic 3D Visualization as a Service

Thomas Lippert

(JSC at FZJ, Germany)


Rebeca Marfil

(University of Malaga, Spain)

A new cognitive architecture for bidirectional perception-reasoning-action loop closing

Abigail Morrison

(Research Center, Jülich, Germany)

A principled approach to developing extremely scalable neuronal network simulators

Heiko Neumann

(University of Ulm, Germany)

Form and motion analysis in cortical architecture - from neuroscience to neuromorphic computing

Luis Pastor

(Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)

A framework for neuroscience data visualization within the HBP

Francesco Pavone

(University of Florence - Physics Department, LENS, Italy)

High resolution brain optical imaging of architectures and functionalities

Alessandro Sarti

(CNRS, France)

The primary visual cortex as a sub-Riemannian geometrical engine

Thomas Schulthess

(Supercomputing Center at Manno, Lugano, Switzerland)


Felix Schürmann

(Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland)

Design Space of Neurosimulations

Karl Solchenbach

(Intel GmbH Germany)

System Architecture for Exascale

Thomas Sterling

(Indiana University, USA)

Building an HPX Asynchronous Multi-Neuronal Brain Model

Adrian Tate

(Cray, Inc., USA)

Memory Hierarchy and Data Optimization within Neuroinformatics

Thomas Villmann

(University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, Germany)

Hebbian Learning of Classification Models - Beyond Accuracy Optimization






All contributions to the Workshop are invited original research papers not previously published. Revised papers presented at the Workshop will be published as a Proceedings Volume in the Springer series Lecture Notes in Computer Science.






















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University of Calabria, Italy




Workshop Agenda (Preliminary information)



The structure of the scientific program is provisionally based on the following sessions:


-       Brain structure and function: a neuroscience perspective


-       Computational models and brain inspired computing


-       HPC and visualizations for the Human Brain simulations


-       BIG DATA analytics in brain research


-       Building infrastructures for Human Brain research


-       Panel Discussion: The key role of co-design in simulation of high level brain functions


Workshop venue, address and logistics



The workshop will be held at the Grand Hotel San Michele, a charming Hotel on the Tyrrhenian coast of Southern Italy with surrounding green park, golf facilities and private beach.

The Hotel is very close to a seaside fisherman village named Cetraro, near Cosenza, a city of Southern Italy (for more, see the next title “How to Reach Cetraro”).

Information as well as accommodation and other local arrangements will be handled by the workshop Secretariat supervised by:

Dr. Maria Teresa Guaglianone

Università della Calabria

87036 Rende, Cosenza, Italy

guaglianone @ unical.it

lugran @ unical.it


Logistic information


How to reach Cetraro


Local sightseeing



Local arrangements



Information as well as accommodation, local transportation and other local arrangements will be handled by the workshop Secretariat supervised by:

Dr. Maria Teresa Guaglianone

Università della Calabria

87036 Rende, Cosenza, Italy

guaglianone @ unical.it






Two accommodation types are available at the workshop’s hotel:


1.     Rooms in the main hotel building


Type of Accommodation

Price in Euros

Single room


Double room (double occupancy)

140 p.p.

Double room (used as single)


Suite (multiple occupancy)

190 p.p.



All prices are intended PER PERSON, PER DAY.


They include accommodation and full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner).


single rooms in the main hotel building are no longer available


2.     Rooms in the Hotel annex buildings “maisonnettes”

The “Maisonnettes” are Hotel annex buildings, located within a green park, at a walking distance from the main building and the congress center.

The “Maisonnettes” can accommodate one/two/three/four persons.

This type of accommodation is particularly suitable for small groups or families.

The price is 110 Euro for single occupancy and 90 Euro for multiple occupancy.

The price is per person, per day, covering both accommodation and full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

The price per person in a double room (main Hotel building) or in a multiple occupancy (“Maisonnettes”) refers to workshop participants.

The case of special arrangements (e.g. children accommodation, suite accommodation, etc.) is handled by the Workshop Secretariat.




Hotel reservations will be managed by the Workshop Secretariat (lugran @ unical.it)





to specify the accommodation required.


Local transportation



A pick up service will be provided, free of charge, to those who will fill in the





Main Aim

Progr. Committee




Workshop Agenda