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    * DEPARTMENT OF *
    * COGNITIVE AND NEURAL SYSTEMS (CNS) *
    * AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY *
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    Stephen Grossberg, Chairman

    The Boston University Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems
    offers comprehensive advanced training in the neural and computational
    principles, mechanisms, and architectures that underly human and
    animal behavior, and the application of neural network architectures
    to the solution of outstanding technological problems.

    Applications for Fall, 1992 admissions and financial aid are now
    being accepted for both the MA and PhD degree programs.

    To obtain a brochure describing the CNS Program and a set of application
    materials, write or telephone:

    Department of Cognitive & Neural Systems
    Boston University
    111 Cummington Street, Room 240
    Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 353-9481

    or send a mailing address to: kellyd@cns.bu.edu

    Applications for admission and financial aid should be received by
    the Graduate School Admissions Office no later than January 15.

    Applicants are required to submit undergraduate (and, if applicable,
    graduate) transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and Graduate
    Record Examination (GRE) scores. The Advanced Test should be in the
    candidate's area of departmental specialization. GRE scores may be
    waived for MA candidates and, in exceptional cases, for PhD candidates,
    but absence of these scores may decrease an applicant's chances for
    admission and financial aid.

    Description of the CNS Department:

    The Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS) provides advanced
    training and research experience for graduate students interested in the neural
    and computational principles, mechanisms, and architectures that underlie human
    and animal behavior, and the application of neural network architectures to the
    solution of outstanding technological problems. Students are trained in a broad
    range of areas concerning cognitive and neural systems, including vision and
    image processing; speech and language understanding; adaptive pattern
    recognition; cognitive information processing; self-organization; associative
    learning and long-term memory; cooperative and competitive network dynamics and
    short-term memory; reinforcement, motivation, and attention; adaptive
    sensory-motor control and robotics; and biological rhythms; as well as the
    mathematical and computational methods needed to support advanced modeling
    research and applications. The CNS Department awards MA, PhD, and BA/MA degrees.

    The CNS Department embodies a number of unique features. It has
    developed a core curriculum that
    consists of ten interdisciplinary graduate courses each of which
    integrates the psychological, neurobiological, mathematical, and computational
    information needed to theoretically investigate fundamental issues concerning
    mind and brain processes and the applications of neural networks to technology.
    Additional advanced courses, including research seminars, are also offered.
    Each course is typically taught once a week in the evening to make the program
    available to qualified students, including working professionals, throughout
    the Boston area. Students develop a coherent area of expertise by designing a
    program that includes courses in areas such as Biology, Computer Science,
    Engineering, Mathematics, and Psychology, in addition to courses in the CNS
    core curriculum.

    The CNS Department prepares students for thesis research with scientists
    in one of several Boston University research centers or groups, and with
    Boston-area scientists collaborating with these centers. The unit most closely
    linked to the department is the Center for Adaptive Systems. The Center for
    Adaptive Systems is also part of the Boston Consortium for Behavioral and
    Neural Studies, a Boston-area multi-institutional Congressional Center of
    Excellence. Another multi-institutional Congressional Center of Excellence
    focused at Boston University is the Center for the Study of Rhythmic
    Processes. Other research resources include distinguished research groups in
    neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neuropharmacology at the Medical
    School and the Charles River campus; in sensory robotics, biomedical
    engineering, computer and systems engineering, and neuromuscular research
    within the Engineering School; in dynamical systems within the mathematics
    department; in theoretical computer science within the Computer Science
    Department; and in biophysics and computational physics within the Physics
    Department.

    1991 FACULTY and STAFF of CNS and CAS:

    Daniel H. Bullock Nancy Kopell
    Gail A. Carpenter John W.L. Merrill
    Michael A. Cohen Ennio Mingolla
    H. Steven Colburn Alan Peters
    Paolo Gaudiano Adam Reeves
    Stephen Grossberg James T. Todd
    Thomas G. Kincaid Allen Waxman
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