The International Neural Network Society (INNS) has decided to start a series of virtual workshops, seminars and tutorials (henceforth “Virtual Technical Events”) to serve the growing need for advanced education in the fields of artificial neural networks, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, neuroscience, robotics and so on. INNS believes that availability of advanced educational material in a virtual format should benefit the diverse community of researchers, both in academia and industry, throughout the world and increase their ability to make progress in their fields of endeavor. This should also facilitate increased connectivity between researchers worldwide and perhaps even spawn new collaborations and innovations. 

With that in mind, we solicit proposals for Virtual Technical Events. We are not providing a long list of topics of interest because we are open to new ideas and thoughts. Of obvious interest would be those that cover recent advances in a field or address controversial issues. Others could be open-ended thought-provoking discussions of biological learning and engineering challenges. We also would like to increase our connectivity to the industry and, therefore, would welcome proposals from them.

In addition, we would welcome industrial sponsorship of these virtual workshops. These virtual workshops would be live and open to the global community. They would also be recorded and made available later from the INNS website. To facilitate meaningful Q&A during the live session, registration would be limited.

– how does it work?

The proposals should be limited to two pages and have the following format:

  1. Names and addresses of proposers
  2. Current CVs of proposers
  3. Topic title
  4. Proposal abstract and the significance of the topic
  5. Proposed format for the technical event (workshop, seminar, tutorial, panel discussion and so on)
  6. List of speakers and their current CVs/bios

Please email your proposal to [email protected]. The duration of these Virtual Technical Events would be about 4 hours.

Among the proposal evaluation criteria would be that it will:

(1) cover a challenging research topic with updates on recent advances,

(2) provide a new perspective on a controversial research topic,

(3) provide breakthrough research results and insights on a significant problem, and

(4) provide an insightful perspective on biological learning.