Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science: May 19 - 21, 2000

Each year in May since 1982, Western Canadian universities have jointly hosted a conference known as BASICS (Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science). The 2000 meeting of BASICS will be held Friday May 19 to Sunday May 21.

The theme of this year's conference is "From action to vision and from vision to action" and features the following speakers:
Yiannis Aloimonos (Computer Science, University of Maryland)
The Geometry and Statistics of Vision and Action Abstract
Aaron Bobick (Georgia Tech College of Computing)
Representation and Recognition of Human Behavior for Perception Abstract
Dave Fleet (Xerox PARC and Computing and Information Science, Queen's University)
Bayesian Analysis of Image Sequences: Detection and Tracking of Motion Boundaries Abstract
Barrie Frost (Psychology, Queen's University)
Neural selectivity for different classes of complex visual motion. Abstract
Marcia Spetch (Psychology, University of Alberta)
An Avian Perspective on Vision and Action: From Scene Analysis to Place Finding. Abstract
Michael Tarr (Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, Brown University)
Exploring Visual Navigation and Object Recognition with Virtual Reality: Early Lessons from the VENLab Abstract

There will be a poster session and reception Friday evening, May 19 (7:30-10 PM), sponsored by the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology and the Canadian Psychological Association. Submissions for the poster session are invited (please see the printable registration form below). Graduate students and postdoctoral students are especially encouraged to present. Posters can be concerned with any aspect of cognitive science or cognitive neuroscience.

Invited presentations begin Saturday morning, May 20 (8 AM), and finish Sunday, May 21 (12 PM). These presentations are like colloquia and allow a scientist ample time to lay out a course of research, rather than simply to discuss the results of one or two experiments. An extensive question period and break follows each 60 minute presentation and provides sufficient time for detailed questions and discussion.

BASICS will be held at the Banff Park Lodge (222 Lynx St., Banff, Alberta). The Banff Park Lodge is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain resort town of Banff and is conveniently close to local restaurants and shopping. A block of rooms at the Lodge has been reserved under the conference name at the special rate of $102/night for a single or double occupancy, excluding tax. This block of rooms will be held until Apr. 5, 2000; the conference rate is extended to delegates three days before to three days after the conference.

The registration fee is $60 for faculty and $20 for students. The program distributed at the conference will provide all additional information.

If you plan to attend the conference, click here for a printable copy of the registration form. Please send in your registration before Friday, April 14, 2000. For room reservations, please phone the Banff Park Lodge (Toll free: 1-800-661-9266; Fax: 403-762-3553; Alberta residents: 403-762-4433), or go to their web site to register on line. Be sure to mention BASICS. The Lodge will accept reservations at the conference rate until Apr 5, 2000, Those wishing to make accommodation arrangements at other hotels will find many to choose from within the town of Banff (for general reservation information call: 1-800-661-1676). For Alberta Tourism information call: 1-800-661-8888; and for Banff Tourism information call 403-762-8421.

Questions may be e-mailed to: Peter Dixon, or Mike Masson.

Related Links

Basics 1999 Web page
1999 Participants
1998 Participants

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