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Fordham Hosts Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Computing









Fordham Hosts Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Computing



Contact: Tom Stoelker
(212) 636-7576
tstoelker@fordham.edu


 
Fordham will play host to the IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing from July 16 through July 18 in the 12th-floor Lounge/Corrigan Conference Center, Fordham's Lincoln Center campus.

Cognitive informatics (CI) is a multidisciplinary research field that tackles problems shared by information science, computer science, cognitive science, medical science, artificial intelligence, neuropsychology, systems science, software engineering, and cognitive robots, to name but a few. Cognitive computing (CC) brings together computing methodologies with an eye toward mimicking mechanisms of the brain. Together CI and CC investigate how the brain functions and how computers work, thereby teaching the next generation computers to learn and think like humans.

"Cognitive science is useful in many different subjects, including social sciences and humanities, in professional studies like business law, or in education and social work," said Frank Hsu, Ph.D., the Clavius Distinguished Professor of Science and professor of computer and information science.

The ICCI conference began in 2002 at the University of Calgary and has been presented from London, to Beijing, to Hong Kong, and Stanford University. This will be the first time the conference has been held in New York. This twelth conference will focus on the theme of Cognitive Computers and Knowledge Processors.

The program will feature five keynote addresses:

"Brain Dump: How Publicly Available fMRI can Help Inform Neuronal Network Architecture"
Gabriele Fariello, head of neuroinformatics at Harvard University, will kick off the conference with a talk on functional magnetic resonance imaging, also known as functional MRIs, which are used to measure brain activity. He will focus on how functional MRI's data that are available to the public can help define how neuro systems behave. 

"Watson: The Jeopardy! Challenge and Beyond"
IBM's Christopher Welty, Ph.D., will discuss Watson, the IBM computing system that understands the nuances of human speech enough to answer questions like those posed in the game show Jeopardy! Welty will delve into future applications of the technology, such as Watson's use in the healthcare field.

"The Measurement of Analysis of Cortical Networks"
A. Ravishankar Rao, Ph.D., also of IBM, will discuss how neuro networks of the brain behave. Rao is currently working with brain images and mathematical modeling to understand brain computation.

"Basic Theories for Neuroinformatics and Neurocomputing"
Yingxu Wang, Ph.D., director of Laboratory for Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing at the University of Calgary, will look at new mathematical models that explain how the cognitive process works.

"Cognitive Diversity in Perceptive Informatics and Affective Computing"
Hsu will look at the decision-making processes of two brains focused on the same subject. He will discuss measuring the cognitive difference between two judgment systems.

For more information contact Palma Hutter at hutter@fordham.edu or (718) 817-4480.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.
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