Over 500 scientists are attracted to the University of Göttingen for the international Bernstein Conference 2014 – Presentation of the Bernstein Award 2014 and the Valentino Braitenberg Award 2014 – For the public: demonstrations of humanoid robot ARMAR III and lecture on the problem of human concsciousness
From September 3rd until 5th, 2014, the international Bernstein Conference 2014 will be held at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
More than 500 scientists from the fields of physics, mathematics, biology, medicine, computer science, and psychology are expected to talk about the latest findings in Computational Neuroscience. This interdisciplinary research area deals with the question of how our brain processes information and creates thoughts.
Highlights of the conference will be the presentation of the Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience 2014 and the Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience 2014. The public has the opportunity to meet the humanoid robot ARMAR III during an entertaining evening lecture on September 4, 2014. There will be an extra afternoon presentation for children. Aside, the public is invited to attend an English pre-conference talk on human concsciousness.
The conference will be opened on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 13:30 h, at the main lecture hall of the University of Göttingen (Göttingen Platz der Sieben 5, 37073 Göttingen). Larry Abbott and Nathaniel Sawtell, an experimental and a theoretical neuroscientist both working at Columbia University in New York, will report in a “duet lecture” about how they were able to gain new insights into information processing in the brain by combining their research methods.
A highlight of the conference is the presentation of the Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience 2014 on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 15:50 h. The award will be conferred by State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and is followed by the keynote address of the winner.
The award, which is endowed with € 1.25 million, is one of the most attractive prizes for young neuroscientists. The prize money is provided over a period of five years, and enables outstanding junior scientists to establish an independent research group at a German research institution. Media representatives will have the chance to meet the laureate during a press conference before the award ceremony, which will take place at 10:30 h in room 1.140 at Blauer Turm, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5.
Another highlight will be the presentation of the Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience 2014 to Alexander Borst that will also take place on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 17:00 h. During the subsequent Valentino Braitenberg Lecture, Borst will present milestones of his research. With the award, the Bernstein Association honors biannually an outstanding scientist who has contributed significantly to our understanding of brain functions. The awardee will receive
€ 5,000 donated by the Autonome Provinz Bozen Südtirol, which will be presented together with a golden pin badge ("golden neuron").
The general public is offered a fascinating insight into current advances in Computational Neuroscience in several events. English speakers are invited to a scientific lecture on consciousness that will be held by philosopher Joseph Levine (University of Massachusetts, USA) and neuroscientist Giulio Tononi (University of Wisconsin, USA) on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, at 19:00 h, prior to the conference opening.
On Thursday, September 4th, 2014, at 19:30 h, Tamin Asfour of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present the humanoid robot ARMAR III in a diverting lecture at Paulinerkirche (Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen). During the afternoon, there will be an easy-to-understand version of the event for children at 15:00 h at the same location.
No registration is required for the public events, and admission is free. However, the number of places will be limited.
During the scientific symposia of the Bernstein Conference and the twelve satellite workshops, over 115 internationally renowned scientists will give talks, and about 280 scientists will present poster contributions. The topics range from perception and memory to computer-brain interfaces, robots, and neural prostheses. The Bernstein Conference is organized by a team led by Florentin Woergoetter at the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen and the Bernstein Center Göttingen. It is the largest annual conference in the field in Europe, and establishes at the same time the annual meeting of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). With this funding initiative, the BMBF has supported the research discipline of Computational Neuroscience with over 180 million euros since 2004. The network is named after the German researcher Julius Bernstein, who provided the first biophysical explanation for the propagation of nerve signals.
Media representatives are cordially invited to the entire conference, the press conference and the awards ceremonies. More information can be obtained at the website www.bernstein-conference.de and from the Bernstein Coordination Site in Freiburg (Mareike Kardinal: mareike.kardinal @ bcos.uni-freiburg.de, Tel: +49 (0) 761-203 9585).
All dates at a glance:
For the interested public
- Scientific lecture on consciousness (in English) “Mind the Gap“ (Joseph Levine and Giulio Tononi):
Tuesday, September 2nd, 19:00 h at the main lecture hall, HS 010 (EG)
- Public lecture (in German) “Humanoide Roboter: Von Assistenten im Haushalt zu personalisierten Roboteranzügen“ and presentation of humanoid robot ARMAR III (Tamim Asfour):
Thursday, September 4th, 19:30 h at Paulinerkirche
- Children´s lecture (in German) “Humanoide Roboter“ and presentation of humanoid robot ARMAR III (Tamim Asfour):
Thursday, September 4th, 15:00 h at Paulinerkirche
- Press conference to the Bernstein Award:
Wednesday, September 3rd, 10:30 h at Blauer Turm, room 1.140 (first floor)
- Official opening & Bernstein Award Ceremony:
Wednesday, September 3rd, 15:30 h at the main lecture hall, HS 011
- Presentation of the Valentino Braitenberg Award:
Wednesday, September 3rd, 17:00 h at the main lecture hall, HS 011
Prof. Dr. Florentin Woergoetter
Bernstein Focus Computational Neuroscience Göttingen / Bernstein Center Göttingen
Tel: +49 (0)551 39 10760
http://www.dpi.physik.uni-goettingen.de/cns Research team Florentin Woergoetter
http://www.bernstein-conference.de Bernstein Conference
http://www.bfnt-goettingen.de Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen
http://www.bccn-goettingen.de Bernstein Center Göttingen
http://www.nncn.de National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience
Mareike Kardinal | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
EHFG 2015: Securing healthcare and sustainably strengthening healthcare systems
01.10.2015 | European Health Forum Gastein
Conference in Brussels: Tracking and Tracing the Smallest Marine Life Forms
30.09.2015 | Max-Planck-Institut für marine Mikrobiologie
Nondestructive material testing (NDT) is a fast and effective way to analyze the quality of a product during the manufacturing process. Because defective materials can lead to malfunctioning finished products, NDT is an essential quality assurance measure, especially in the manufacture of safety-critical components such as automotive B-pillars. NDT examines the quality without damaging the component or modifying the surface of the material. At this year's Blechexpo trade fair in Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IZFP will have an exhibit that demonstrates the nondestructive testing of high-strength automotive body parts using 3MA. The measurement results are available in a matter of seconds.
To minimize vehicle weight and fuel consumption while providing the highest level of crash safety, automotive bodies are reinforced with elements made from...
The MICADO camera, a first light instrument for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), has entered a new phase in the project: by agreeing to a Memorandum of Understanding, the partners in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Italy, have all confirmed their participation. Following this milestone, the project's transition into its preliminary design phase was approved at a kick-off meeting held in Vienna. Two weeks earlier, on September 18, the consortium and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which is building the telescope, have signed the corresponding collaboration agreement.
As the first dedicated camera for the E-ELT, MICADO will equip the giant telescope with a capability for diffraction-limited imaging at near-infrared...
Self-driving cars will be on our streets in the foreseeable future. In Graz, research is currently dedicated to an innovative driver assistance system that takes over control if there is a danger of collision. It was nature that inspired Dr Manfred Hartbauer from the Institute of Zoology at the University of Graz: in dangerous traffic situations, migratory locusts react around ten times faster than humans. Working together with an interdisciplinary team, Hartbauer is investigating an affordable collision detector that is equipped with artificial locust eyes and can recognise potential crashes in time, during both day and night.
Inspired by insects
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has built the first prototype of a miniature particle accelerator that uses terahertz radiation instead of radio...
At present, tiny magnetic whirls – so called skyrmions – are discussed as promising candidates for bits in future robust and compact data storage devices. At...
01.10.2015 | Event News
30.09.2015 | Event News
17.09.2015 | Event News
09.10.2015 | Process Engineering
09.10.2015 | Ecology, The Environment and Conservation
09.10.2015 | Health and Medicine