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General links

AI Topics (AAAI)
A fun and interesting site with lots of info on the many different topics in AI research.
The Man Who Sold His Brain
!!! >;}~
The Vain Brain
‘[D]on't feel angry with your brain for shielding you from the truth. There is in fact a category of people who get unusually close to the truth about themselves and the world. Their self-perceptions are more balanced, they assign responsibility for success and failure more even-handedly, and their predictions for the future are more realistic. They are the clinically depressed.’ Clearly ignorance really is bliss: pass the Prozac, doctor!

Talks & Meetings

This gives details of meetings/talks in which I or friends have been/will be involved in. In chronological order (most recent first)...

Complexity and Criticality in Networks (Alicante, 2003)
Presentations from a workshop at the annual Computational Neuroscience (CNS) meeting. The slide show from my talk is available here.
Per Learning (Santa Fe, 2002)
Details of a talk on brain modelling given at the Santa Fe Institute by Dante Chialvo as part of the meeting Collective Cognition: Mathematical Foundations of Distributed Intelligence.


Stefan Bornholdt
Stefan has done some fun stuff on neural networks (some of his papers are listed on this site), but also a much wider range of work on biophysics, networks and econophysics.
Dante Chialvo
The inventor, with Per Bak, of one of the neural network models I have used in my own research, and an all-round excellent person, Dante trained as a medical doctor and his subsequent research career spans an extremely wide range of fun and fascinating biological topics.
Álvaro Corral
Álvaro has done some fun work on systems of coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators (IFOs), relating them to earlier models of self-organized criticality.
Teuvo Kohonen
The inventor of the Self-Organising Map (SOM); one of the most significant figures in neural computing research.

Research Groups

There are a great many different research groups investigating biological and artificial neural systems of one sort or another, so in the near future I may prepare a separate page for these links, complete with comments on the different groups. For now, here are some of the groups whose work has interested me...

Birmingham University Cognition and Affect Project
(Birmingham, UK)
Caltech Cognitive & Neural Systems Group
(Pasadena, CA)
Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
(London, UK)
Helsinki University of Technology Neural Networks Research Centre
(Helsinki, Finland)
IBM Massively Distributed Systems R&D Group
(various locations)
IMEDEA Cross-Disciplinary Physics Department
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)
Imperial College Intelligent Interactive Systems Group
(London, UK)
Kungl Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology) Studies of Artificial Neural Systems (SANS)
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Nederlands Instituut voor Hersenonderzoek (Netherlands Institute of Brain Research)
(Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
NIMH Unit of Neural Network Physiology (NNP)
(Washington, DC)
Pain & Qualia Lab, Northwestern University
(Chicago, IL)
University of Plymouth Centre for Neural and Adaptive Systems (CNAS)
(Plymouth, UK)
The Santa Fe Institute
(Santa Fe, NM)
SISSA Cognitive Neuroscience Sector
SISSA Neurobiology Sector
(Trieste, Italy)
Tel-Aviv University Computational Neuroscience Group
(Tel-Aviv, Israel)
UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
(London, UK)
UMBC AgentWeb (Intelligent Software Agents)
(Baltimore, MD)
University of Zurich Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI)
(Zurich, Switzerland)


American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO)
International Neural Network Society (INNS)
International Society of Artificial Life
Not about neural systems exactly, but I think artificial life research is an important field with much to contribute to the understanding of AI and the brain, particularly when investigating embodied agent systems.
Society for Neuroscience


This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are so many different journals publishing results that are relevant or related to the study of neural systems of one sort or another that it would probably take half a lifetime to list them all. These are a few that I have found useful or been recommended, in alphabetical order. Bear in mind that many of these journals will require a subscription in order to access the text of articles.

Annual Review of Neuroscience
Not a journal, but an e-print archive. Fantastically useful! The archives cond-mat, physics, nlin, cs and q-bio all contain useful material.
BioSystems (ScienceDirect)
BMC Neuroscience
Open access!
European Journal of Neuroscience
European Physical Journal B
Europhysics Letters
International Journal of Neural Systems
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Journal of Neural Engineering
Journal of Neuroscience
Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Nature Neuroscience
Nature Reviews Neuroscience
Network: Computation in Neural Systems
Neural Computation
Neural Networks (ScienceDirect)
Neural Processing Letters
Neurocomputing (ScienceDirect)
Neuroscience (IBRO)
Neuroscience (ScienceDirect)
Physica A (ScienceDirect)
Physical Review E
Physical Review Letters
PLoS Biology
PLoS Computational Biology
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Trends in Neurosciences

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