The International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) is the premiere international conference for researchers in neural networks and related areas. This annual conference is organized jointly by the International Neural Networks Society (INNS) and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS), with each society taking the lead in alternate years. In recent years, a concerted effort has been made by the organizers to include areas such as computational neuroscience, cognitive science, distributed intelligence, embodied robotics, etc., in the conference. The effort is now being made, through NSF support, to expand this interdisciplinary component by organizing a formal, multi-faceted program within the conference with the theme "From Brains to Machines." This program will bring together researchers from a broad spectrum of areas ranging from neuroscience to biomorphic robotics, and to showcase exciting research in these areas.
(IJCNN 2011) in San Jose, CA, July 31 – August 5, 2011. The conference, which is the oldest and largest meeting of researchers in neural networks and related areas, attracts participants from all over the world. The 2011 conference had more than 700 participants from more than 40 countries. The conference features research presentations, tutorial presentations, workshops and panel discussions. The activities funded by the National science Foundation award, "From Brains to Machines" were: Financial support for 31 graduate students and postdocotoral researchers at U.S. universities to attend the conference. A symposium of invited talks entitled 'From Brains to Machines' on August 2, 2011, featuring ten leading researchers in the areas of neurocognitive networks, brain-machine interfaces and neuroengineering. The presentations ranged from describing the latest findings on brain function to technology that is enabling, brain-like computers, smart prosthetics and, in the near future, replacement parts for brains after injury or disease. All presentations and discussions were videotaped and are available to the public at: http://ijcnn2011.cs.umass.edu/brainstomachines.php Together, these presentations represent a remarkable exposition of the state-of-the-art in neuroscience and neuroengineering, with significant educational and archival value.