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Conf/CfP - Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne) Conference 2018, 01-04 March, Denver, Colorado, USA

Publish Date: Nov 10, 2017

Deadline: Feb 28, 2018

Event Dates: from Mar 01, 2018 12:00 to Mar 06, 2018 12:00

Computational and Systems Neuroscience (Cosyne) 2018

The annual Cosyne meeting provides an inclusive forum for the exchange of experimental and theoretical/computational approaches to problems in systems neuroscience.

To encourage interdisciplinary interactions, the main meeting is arranged in a single track. A set of invited talks are selected by the Executive Committee and Organizing Committee, and additional talks and posters are selected by the Program Committee, based on submitted abstracts.

Cosyne topics include (but are not limited to): neural coding, natural scene statistics, dendritic computation, neural basis of persistent activity, nonlinear receptive field mapping, representations of time and sequence, reward systems, decision-making, synaptic plasticity, map formation and plasticity, population coding, attention, and computation with spiking networks. Participants include pure experimentalists, pure theorists, and everything in between.

Submission Format

Before you log onto the submission website, you should have the following items prepared: (1) title, (2) author list (including email addresses of all authors), and (3) two-page PDF submission. Submissions that do not meet the following guidelines may be rejected.

Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of a two page (A4 or US Letter) submission in PDF format. This two-page PDF should contain:

  • Title - 100 characters or fewer (including spaces), capitalized in sentence case
  • Author list (email and affiliations may be omitted)
  • 300-word Summary - brief description of the study's primary findings, emphasizing their significance, generality, novelty and relevance. You will be asked to copy this 300-word summary into a text-only box; it will be included in the conference program if your submission is accepted.
  • Additional Detail - use the remaining space to expand upon the central question(s), approach, results, and/or conclusions of the study. You may include equations as appropriate. Figures are optional. You need not touch upon all the major points of the Summary, but should aim to include whatever detail will best help reviewers to evaluate the significance of your study. Do not feel obliged to fill the entire two pages.

Font size (including any figure legends) must be at least 12 point. Margins should be at least 0.5". This two-page PDF will be the only document seen by reviewers. (Abstracts exceeding two pages will have additional pages removed). Submissions that do not meet these guidelines may be rejected.

For questions regarding abstract submission, please contact: meeting [at]

Evaluation Criteria

PDF submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Significance
  • Originality
  • Clarity
  • Relevance to the Cosyne audience.

The submission should clearly explain why your question is important and how your claims will advance the field. Include enough detail that reviewers can assess the technical content of your methods and results. Please be sure to address the significance and fit of your submission for the Cosyne audience, which includes a mix of experimentalists and theoreticians interested in the functional properties of neural systems. Potentially inappropriate abstracts include pure machine learning studies, or studies of single cells with no clear implications for neural systems.

Approximately 20 submissions will be chosen for short talks and ~300 will be chosen for poster presentations. We expect ~30% of submissions to be rejected due to limitations on poster space.

Submission Instructions

Submissions to Cosyne 2018 can now be made using the online submission tool.

Note that you must 'Sign up' and register first, before submitting an abstract. Please note that submission confirmation emails might be delayed during peak submission hours, i.e. close to submission deadline. Your submissions, however, will be fine.

The person who uploads the submission must certify that they are the "presenting author". This is the author who plans to present the poster or talk at the meeting. You may act as "presenting author" on only one abstract (although you may appear as a co-author on more than one). You and all your co-authors will receive an email confirmation once submission is finalized. If you appear as a co-author on multiple submissions, please use the same name, email, and affiliation on all your submissions.

Authors who are selected for posters and talks will be notified on 13 January 2018. Authors whose submission was rejected will also be notified on this date.

The presenting author for each abstract must register for the meeting by 31 January 2018, 11.59pm EST.Note that registration and abstract submission are not the same process.

A preliminary meeting schedule will be published online (in mid-January 2018). Participants who need letters of invitation to obtain an entry visa may contact the Program Co-chairs in advance of this date (meeting [at] or Leslie Weekes (leslie.weekes [at]

Cosyne 2018 Program Committee

  • Linda Wilbrecht (U Berkeley), co-chair
  • Brent Doiron (U Pittsburgh), co-chair
  • Genevera Allen (Rice)
  • Bruno Averbeck (NIH)
  • Bing Brunton (U Washington)
  • Steve Chase (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Damon Clark (Yale)
  • Long Ding (U Pennsylvania)
  • Julijana Gjorgjieva (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research)
  • Benjamin Grewe (ETH Zurich)
  • Tim Hanks (UC Davis)
  • Catherine Hartley (NYU)
  • Chris Harvey (Harvard)
  • Andrea Hasenstaub (UCSF)
  • Alex Huk (U Texas at Austin)
  • Santiago Jaramillo (U Oregon)
  • Mehrdad Jazayeri (MIT)
  • Matthieu Louis (Centre for Genomic Regulation)
  • Arianna Maffei (Stony Brook)
  • Cris Niell (U Oregon)
  • Srdjan Ostojic (Ecole Normale Superieure)
  • Robert Rosenbaum (Notre Dame)
  • Marshall Shuler (Johns Hopkins)
  • Samuel Sober (Emory)
  • Tatjana Tchumatchenko (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research)
  • Srini Turaga (Janelia Farm)
  • Melissa Warden (Cornell)
  • Joel Zylberberg (U Colorado)

Publication of Summaries

Summaries of posters and talks will be published online on the Cosyne website. Authors will be asked to consent to publication when they submit their summaries. These summaries are citable, but they are not full-length proceedings and therefore do not preclude further publication. Copyright in individual summaries is the property of their respective authors. You may not revise your summary after submission, so please check it carefully for errors. Abstracts should be cited as follows:

Doe, John. (2018). A computational model of simple and complex cells. Cosyne Abstracts 2018, Denver, CO, USA.


A series of workshops will be held after the main Cosyne meeting ( The goal is to provide an informal forum for the discussion of important research questions and challenges. Controversial issues, open problems, comparisons of competing approaches, and alternative viewpoints are encouraged.

The overarching goal of all workshops should be the integration of empirical and theoretical approaches, in an environment that fosters collegial discussion and debate. Preference will be given to proposals that differ substantially in content, scope, and/or approach from workshops of recent years (examples available at -> Workshops).

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: sensory processing; motor planning and control; functional neural circuits; motivation, reward and decision making; learning and memory; adaptation and plasticity; neural coding; neural circuitry and network models; and methods in computational or systems neuroscience.

Cosyne Travel Grants 

Travel Grant submission will open here on 10 November 2017.

The Cosyne community is committed to bringing talented scientists together at our annual meeting, regardless of their ability to afford travel. Thus, a number of travel grants will be awarded to students, postdocs, and PI’s for travel to the Cosyne meeting. Each award will cover at least $500 towards travel and meeting attendance costs. Larger grants may be available to those traveling from outside North America.

We currently offer five award granting programs, Childcare, Presenters, New Attendees, Mentorship, and Undergraduate Travel Grants. It is permissible for an applicant to apply for more than one grant program (e.g., one may apply for both the Presenters Grant Program and the New Attendees Grant Program), but no applicant will be awarded more than one travel grant. Note that you can apply for a travel grant even before receiving notification about the outcome of your submission. Also note that each conference attendee is only eligible for one discount per registration, therefore travel grant recipients cannot also serve as volunteers.

For questions regarding travel grants submission, please contact: cosyne.meeting [at] After award announcement, if needed, please contact Leslie Weekes (leslie.weekes [at] for further details on award distribution. 

Cosyne Childcare Grant Program 

We are pleased to announce that a limited number of childcare grants of up to $500 will be available to help cover expenses incurred by participation in Cosyne 2018. Awards can be used to support participation at either the main meeting or workshops. Applicants should provide a 1-2 paragraph summary of their situation and how the grant will be used to facilitate participation in Cosyne. Preference will be given to those with young children and/or extenuating circumstances. This pilot program is supported by our sponsors, including the Gatsby Foundation. The responses we receive will help us expand and tailor the program in future years. 

Cosyne Presenters Travel Grant Program 

Purpose: To ensure that early career scientists with highly scored abstracts will be able to present their work at the meeting. 
Eligibility: For PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and new faculty members. The applicant must be an author on a submitted abstract, and must declare a need for travel funds. 

Selection of awardees: Awards will be determined primarily based on merit (reviewer scores). For some awards, special consideration will be given to applicants in areas of interest to the donors. You are more likely to receive an award if you are a first author, an author on an oral presentation, an author on multiple presentations, and a first time award recipient. 

Cosyne New Attendees Travel Grant Program 

Purpose: To bring scientists that have not previously attended the Cosyne meeting to the meeting for exchange of ideas with the community. We hope that these scientists will have their research enriched by the experience and may become regular attendees. 
Eligibility: For undergraduate students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, PIs, or other research positions. Applicant does NOT need to be an author on a submitted abstract, but must declare a need for travel funds, and must declare that she/he has not previously attended the meeting. 

Selection of awardees: Awards will be determined based on the applicant’s statement. Particular consideration will be given to members of underrepresented minority groups. 

Cosyne Mentorship Travel Grant Program 

Purpose: To bring early career scientists of underrepresented minority groups to the meeting, and to acknowledge Cosyne PIs that are contributing to this effort (“Cosyne Mentor”). 
Eligibility: Applicants for the award should be faculty-level independent investigators who are intending to accompany a student (undergraduate or graduate) to the Cosyne meeting. The travel grant will fund only the student's travel expenses, but the application must be submitted by the faculty investigator (i.e., the PI), not the student. The faculty member should know the student well, typically as a teacher and/or a research advisor. 

Selection of awardees: Awards will be determined based on the prospective mentor’s statement. Particular consideration will be given to students of underrepresented minority groups. 

Cosyne Undergraduate Travel Grant Program 

Purpose: To bring undergraduate students with strong interest in neuroscience to the meeting. 
Eligibility: For undergraduate students. Applicant does NOT need to be an author on a submitted abstract, but must declare a need for travel funds, and must declare that she/he has not previously attended the meeting. 
Submission for undergraduate travel grants is now closed. 

Selection of awardees: Awards will be determined based on the applicant’s statement. Particular consideration will be given to members of underrepresented groups. 

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