The First International Workshop on Computational Models of the Visual Cortex: Hierarchies, Layers, Sparsity, Saliency and Attention

December 3–5, 2015 | New York City, New York, United States

Co-located with 8th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS) - BICT 2014

Call for Papers

Much has been advanced since the early works of the Nobel prize winners Hubel and Wiesel about the function of neurons in the primary visual cortex of cats’ brains. That work has been the source of inspiration of abundant neurophysiological studies to unveil the functionality of neurons in different areas of visual cortex. These experiments resulted in large amounts of data, which could then be used to design computational models to behave similarly to certain neurons in visual cortex. The contribution of such models is two-fold. They contribute to the better understanding of how visual information is processed in the brain, and they also contribute for the development of more robust algorithms in computer vision applications.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together recent development of computational modelling of the visual cortex of the brain:

  • Single cell modeling.
  • Feedforward, feedback and inhibitory mechanisms.
  • The appearance of neuronal properties: sparsity and selectivity.
  • Circuitry: hierarchical representations and connections between layers.
  • Selecting where to look: saliency and attention.

The submitted papers will go through a peer-review process and accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (formerly BIONETICS) to be held on December 3-5, 2015, New York City, New York, United States.


Important Dates

  • Full papers due: July 31, 2015
  • Authors Notified: August 31, 2015
  • Camera-ready due: September 30, 2015

Paper submission

Authors are invited to submit regular papers (up to 8 pages each), short papers (up to 4 pages each) or poster/demo papers (up to 2 pages each) in ACM's paper template. Up to two extra pages are allowed for each paper with extra page charges. See for more details.


Paper Submission Only PDF format is acceptable. Papers must be submitted to EasyChair:


Workshop co-chairs


(1) Intelligent and Interactive Systems, University of Innsbruck, Austria

(2) Intelligent Computer Systems, University of Malta, Malta

(3) Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, Unviersity of Groningen, the Netherlands