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J.e. Vos
09-14-1994, 02:29 AM
I would like to draw your attention to the following:

W O R K S H O P

MODELS FOR NEURAL DEVELOPMENT

Contributions of Neural Networks to Motor Control

November 25-26, 1994

Groningen, the Netherlands

Dept. Medical Physiology/Developmental Neurosciences


The programme includes lectures by scientists who study the development
of the nervous system by constructing and testing models, and by
clinicians who have research experience with the symptomatology of normal
and deviant development and who can therefore offer both data and
relevant questions for future modelling work. Both before and after
birth, motor output is the most characteristic manifestation of the
increasing abilities of the (human) nervous system. This explains our
present focus on motor control and on the role of both natural and
artificial neural networks in relation to motor control systems.
Artificial neural networks are computer programmes that change their
functionality as a result of experience or "learning"; therefore they may
provide suitable models for the modifications that take place in the
nervous system during development (in so far as development is not
genetically determined). The first lectures demonstrate the plausibility
of some of the assumptions that are made when a neural network is intended
to model development: for example, are the known facts about synaptic
plasticity and cell death justifications for applying Hebb's rule? Then,
we will have a close look at several actual modelling projects in which
networks play a role. The next morning, ideas are presented from three
clinics about motor development in fetuses, babies and children, and this
will confront us with the challenge that modelling should increase our
understanding of these developing systems, which we can't take apart in
order to study them. In the context of the Workshop, Professor Daniel
Bullock (of the Dept. of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University)
will deliver the Second Heinz Prechtl Lecture
on
Models for Development of Motor Control.


Preliminary Programme
J.E. Vos: "Neural networks, a particular type of model"
D. Kernell: "Information processing in (moto-)neurones"
M.A. Corner: "Spontaneous neurophysiological activity as an epigenetic
factor in brain and behaviour development"
B.C.L. Touwen: "Motor development: trying to find your goal"
A. van Ooijen: "Neural network development based on activity-dependent
outgrowth of neurons"
P. Beek: "Dynamical models for the development of movement coordination
and their implications for neural networks"
H. Cruse, J. Dean and U. Steinkuehler: "MMC, a holistic model for the
control of arm movements"
D. Bullock: "Models for Development of Motor Control"
E.J.H. Mulder: "Antenatal development of human motor behaviour"
L. Luginbuehl: "Cerebral palsy: modelling developing neuromotor systems;
questions and requirements"
J. Luetschg: "Progressive motor disorders; can modelling help understand
the clinical symptoms?"
E. Otten: "What's the use of our models?"


Programme committee: J.E. Vos, A. Gramsbergen and B.C.L. Touwen

Fee: Dfl.100. Inquiries: j.e.vos@med.rug.nl, fax +3150633000, tel.+3150613534.