Workshop on Synthetic Neuroethology            


University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 9-10 September 2010


Synthetic Neuroethology refers to the use of computational and robotic models in the study of the neural mechanisms underlying the generation of behaviour in animals.

 This one and a half day workshop brings together researchers involved in this and related fields in order to review progress and debate prospects.


Timing: 13:00, 9th September -- 16:00, 10th September

Speakers include:


Joseph Ayers (Northeastern University)

Roland Baddeley  (Bristol University)

Bart Baddeley (University of Sussex)

Neil Burgess  (UCL)

Volker Duerr  (Bielefeld University)

Paul Graham (University of Sussex)

Owen Holland  (University of Sussex)

Richard Mann (Uppsala University)

Thomas Nowotny  (University of Sussex)

Tony Prescott  (Sheffield University)

Barbara Webb  (Edinburgh University)



With more to be announced

Poster Session:

The workshop will include a poster session for which submissions are sought. Contributions from research students are particularly encouraged. To submit to the poster session email a short abstract of the work to be presented in the poster to: by the closing date of 13th August. LATE SUBMISSIONS MAY BE ACCEPTED.


Thursday 9th September. All talks in Silverstone 309.

12:30-13:30  Arrival and Lunch  (Silverstone Building)  
13.30  Tony Prescott (Sheffield University)  Understanding The Brain Through Active Touch Sensing in Rats and Robots [abstract]
14.15 Thomas Nowotny (Sussex University) Spiking Neuronal Network Models of Unsupervised Olfactory Learning on Graphical Processing Units [abstract]
15.00 Coffee  
15.30 Roland Baddeley (Bristol University) Constraints on representations from the statistics of our visual world [abstract]
16.15 Joseph Ayers (Northeastern University) Controlling Biomimetic Robots with Electronic Nervous Systems [abstract]
17:00 Poster Spotlights  
17:15 Wine and Posters (in InQbate space - Pevensey 3 c07)   [POSTER ABSTRACTS]

Friday 10th September.  All talks in Silverstone 309.

9:00-9:30 Coffee  (Silverstone building)  
9:30 Neil Burgess (UCL) Neural Mechanisms of Spatial Cognition  [abstract]
10:15 Barbara Webb (Edinburgh University) Mechanisms of Insect Behaviour  [abstract]
11:00 Coffee  
11:30 Paul Graham  (Sussex University)  TBA
12:00 Bart Baddeley (Sussex University) Parsimonious Route Learning Strategies in Ants: A Possible Role for Observed Scanning Behaviours  [abstract]
12.45 Richard Mann (Uppsala University) Prediction of Homing Pigeon Flight Paths using Gaussian Processes    [abstract]
13.30 Lunch  
14.30 Volker Duerr (Bielefeld University)  Embodied Motion Intelligence: a Dialogue Between Insects and Robots [abstract]
15:15 Owen Holland (Sussex University) Modelling the Modeller: Towards a Human-like Robot with Action Oriented Imagination [abstract]
16:00 END  


Journal Special Issue

A special issue of a leading journal will be dedicated to the work presented at the workshop. Authors of the best posters will be invited to submit full papers to the special issue. 

Fees and Registration

In order to contribute towards costs a small fee will be charged for attendance at the workshop. Students: 20 GB pounds, non-students: 40 GB pounds. Registered attendees will be provided with refreshments and lunch on both days. The number of places at the workshop is limited so early registration is encouraged.

To register fill out the registration form ( Word    PDF ) and send it to the following address with a cheque for registration payable to 'University of Sussex'


Bart Baddeley

Workshop on Synthetic Neuroethology

School of Informatics

University of Sussex

Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ





The workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Sussex. Maps and travel directions can be found here.

The workshop will be held in The Silverstone Building (lecture theatre 309).


Brighton is a busy resort town with many hotels within easy access of the university; those requiring overnight accommodation can find details of suitable hotels and B&Bs here

A limited amount of accommodation may be available on campus close to the workshop venue. Booking details here. Early booking of this accommodation is recommended.

Contact information

For general queries:

Local organisation: Bart Baddeley, Paul Graham, Phil Husbands, Andy Philippides Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics

Important dates

Poster abstract submission deadline: 13th August

Notification of accepted posters: 20th August

Workshop dates: 9th -10th September 2010 (workshop starts at 12:30 on 9th and finishes at 16:00 on 10th)


Sponsored by The University of Sussex.