The WSOM-2009 conference will feature a small number of special
sessions. Of particular interest is the one on cognitive
The special session on cognitive neuroscience focuses on
computational models of self-organizing maps in the brain as well as
cognitive processes based on such maps. The goal of such models is
to gain insight into the development and function of the visual,
somatosensory, and auditory cortex, as well as higher cognitive
functions such as pattern recognition, memory, and language
processing. Papers in this session may e.g. extend self-organizing
maps with biological mechanisms such as spiking neurons, lateral
connections, hierarchies, and feedback, or explain various
biological or cognitive phenomena in terms of learning and
processing on such maps.
The deadline of WSOM 2009 has been extended to February 1st.
7th International Workshop on Self-Organizing Maps
June 8-10, 2009
Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine, Florida, USA
General Chair: Jose Principe [principe from cnel.ufl.edu]
Program Chair: Risto Miikkulainen [risto from cs.utexas.edu]
WSOM'09 will be bringing together researchers and practitioners in the
field of self-organizing systems, with a particular emphasis on neural
networks and self-organizing maps. It will highlight key advances in
these and related fields. It is the seventh conference in a series of
bi-annual international conferences started with WSOM'97 in Helsinki.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The workshop will feature keynote addresses and technical presentations
with recent advances in the area which will be collected in a CD-ROM
distributed at the conference and that will be included in the
registration. Papers are solicited for, but not limited to, the
* Cognitive Modeling
* Data visualization, mining and sonification
* Financial analysis
* Hardware and architecture
* Robotics and Intelligent Systems
* Signal processing, image processing and vision
* Text and document analysis
* Theory and extensions
* Time-series analysis
* Unsupervised learning (including PCA/NLPCA, ICA/NLICA, Principal
Submission of full papers: February 1, 2009 (deadline extended)
Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2009
Camera-ready papers, author registration: April 2, 2009
Advance registration deadline: April 15, 2009
Submissions may be up to nine pages in length, including figures and
references, in single-column format, using a font no smaller than 10
points, except for the abstract, a font of 9 points may be used. Please
refer to the conference website for further details.
All papers will be peer reviewed on the basis of a full length
manuscript and acceptance will be based on quality, originality and
relevance. Accepted papers will be published in an electronic
proceedings volume and be made available at the conference in CD-ROM.
The conference will be held in the classic Casa Monica Hotel in St.
Augustine Florida, the oldest city in the United States. A block of
rooms has been reserved for the conference rate, and participants are
encouraged to book them. Instructions will be posted in the website. St.
Augustine is surrounded by beautiful beaches and is located 45 miles
South of the Jacksonville International Airport, and 150 miles north of
Orlando, its many attractions, and international airport.