The International Neural Network Society (INNS) is the premiere organization for individuals interested in a theoretical and computational understanding of the brain and applying that knowledge to develop new and more effective forms of machine intelligence.  INNS was formed in 1987 by the leading scientists in the neural network field. The Society has grown rapidly to encompass a worldwide membership of more than 2,000. The field of neural networks encourages interdisciplinary perspectives, and INNS' membership reflects this diversity. Members represent a variety of fields, backgrounds and level of interest. Our goals are to better understand the human brain/mind and to create more powerful brain/mind-inspired intelligent machines for addressing complex problems faced by 21st-century societies.  These goals are challenging, exciting, and rewarding and with our joint efforts, we can make a significant difference in our future.

In Memoriam: David Casasent.  (Dec. 8, 1942 -- Nov. 16, 2015)

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Professor David Casasent, former President of the International Neural Network Society and Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University. Prof. Casasent was a pioneer in the fields of image processing and pattern recognition, and made major contributions in these areas over a career spanning more than 45 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1969, and immediately joined the Electrical Engineering faculty at Carnegie-Mellon, where he went on to hold the G. Westinghouse Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He retired from CMU in 2009, but remained active in research and professional service. Over his career, Prof. Casasent published almost 900 research articles, and was widely regarded as one of the most influential researchers in his field. He was especially well-known for his work on developing methods for automated product inspection, but also made important contributions in a wide range of other areas, including computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and defense applications. Prof. Casasent was a Fellow of the IEEE, SPIE and the Optical Society of America, and served on the editorial boards of several international journals. Professor Casasent had a long history of leadership within the International Neural Network Society. In addition to serving as President in 1999, he also served for ten years on the Society’s Board of Governors. Since 2006, he had been serving as the Treasurer of the Society with great dedication, diligence and distinction. His contributions to INNS are unforgettable, and he will be missed greatly.


 Message from INNS President, Ali Minai 

I was truly shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Professor David Casasent, and would like to express profound condolences to his family and friends on behalf of all the members of the International Neural Network Society. Dave served the society in many leadership positions, including a term as President in 1999 and ten years on the Board of Governors. As Treasurer of the Society for the last many years, he was truly indispensable, guiding the financial affairs of the INNS with a vigilant eye, a steady hand, and great personal commitment through all ups and downs. The INNS owes a great debt of gratitude to Dave for its strong financial position today. All of us at the Society have lost a great leader and a great friend. During my years of involvement with the INNS, and currently as its President, I had the good fortune to have frequent and extensive interactions with Dave, whom I came to regard as a dear friend, a mentor, and a model of integrity, kindness and good humor. His love of life, work, and family, came through in everything he said and did. He was indeed a remarkable person, and we will all miss him greatly. As a research leader in his field of image processing and pattern recognition, Dave is admired by all his peers, and his work will continue to generate new ideas for years to come -- a fitting tribute to the true scientist and engineer that he was. I will always cherish my memories of the time I spent with Dave, as, I'm sure, will everyone who experienced his kind, gentle, cheerful company. May he rest in peace, and may his memory light the lives of all those who loved him.  

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Membership includes a subscription to the journal Neural Networks (10 issues per year); discounts on conference registration fees to the largest and most widely known international meetings on neural networks; a subscription to the INNS newsletter; discounts on scientific publications and periodicals pertaining to neural networks; and membership in Special Interest Groups focused on specific theoretical or applications issues.

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I am honored and privileged to be the President of a society with such a great history.  The INNS welcomes researchers and practitioners who, by studying neural networks, strive to bridge the gap between natural and artificial intelligence. Among many INNS research areas are neuroscience, connectionism, cognitive science, brain-inspired computing, neuroinformatics, brain informatics, and all kinds of neural network...

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Neural Networks is the archival journal of the world's three oldest neural modeling societies: the International Neural Network Society (INNS), the European Neural Network Society (ENNS), and the Japanese Neural Network Society (JNNS). A subscription to the journal is included with membership in each of these societies.

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