Presidential Welcome


On behalf of the Board of Governors and members of the International Neural Network Society, I welcome you to the Society’s website, where you will find many useful resources.

The International Neural Network Society (INNS) is the premiere professional society for researchers across the world who are working on neural networks and related areas such as big data, machine learning, computational neuroscience, neuroinformatics, and cognitive science. We also welcome participation from researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, computational biology, and biomorphic systems. Membership grades include Student, Regular and Senior Members, with the possibility of election to the College of Fellows. The society has members from all over the world, and has several Special Interest Groups (SIGs), including regional ones.

The primary goal of INNS is to support activities that advance our understanding of how mental functions such as perception, cognition, decision-making, memory and motor control emerge from the nervous system, and to use this understanding to build smarter machines and algorithms for applications across all disciplines.

Each year, INNS presents the prestigious Hebb, Gabor and Helmholtz Awards to outstanding researchers, as well as up to two Young Investigator Awards for upcoming researchers who make significant contributions.

INNS hosts the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) each year in collaboration with the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.  IJCNN 2015, with INNS as the lead organizer, will be held in Killarney, Ireland, in July 2015. In addition to IEEE-CIS, INNS also collaborates actively with the European Neural Network Society (ENNS), the Japanese Neural Network Society (JNNS), the Asia-Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA), and several other professional societies. INNS shares its flagship journal, Neural Networks, with ENNS and JNNS. The journal, published by Elsevier, features some of the best international research on neural networks and related areas.

In recent years, INNS has made concerted efforts to promote high-quality research and exchange of ideas in some of the most relevant research areas today, including bio-inspired hardware, autonomous learning, and big data. The first INNS-sponsored International Conference on Big Data will take place in August 2015 in San Francisco.

I am honored to serve as President of this great society where I have been a member since 1989. I welcome any ideas you may have to improve the society and to promote its mission. Please feel free to contact me at

Ali Minai, INNS President

Thank you to the following individuals in helping to put this page together: Ali Minai, Fred Ham, David Brown, DeLiang Wang and James Dankert.