The 2018 International Conference on Brain Informatics (BI 2018)

About the Conference

The International Conference on Brain Informatics series (BI) started in 2006 and has established itself as the world’s premier research conference on Brain Informatics, which is an emerging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research field that combines the efforts of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Machine Learning, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to explore the main problems that lie in the interplay between human brain studies and informatics research. The BI’18 provides a premier international forum to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields for presentation of original research results, as well as exchange and dissemination of innovative and practical development experiences on brain Informatics research, brain-inspired technologies and brain/mental health applications.

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Topics and Areas

The BI'18 solicits high-quality original research and application papers (both full paper and abstract submissions). Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Track 1: Cognitive and Computational Foundations of Brain Science
  • Track 2: Human Information Processing Systems
  • Track 3: Brain Big Data Analytics, Curation and Management
  • Track 4: Informatics Paradigms for Brain and Mental Health Research
  • Track 5: Brain-Machine Intelligence and Brain-Inspired Computing

Keynote Speakers

Arthur Toga

Arthur Toga

Provost Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Radiology and Engineering
Director of the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Director of USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI)
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
Title: Neuroimaging and Informatics in Alzheimer's Disease Research

Guoming Luan

Guoming Luan

Professor and Chief Physician in Neurosurgery
President of Chinese Neuromodulation Society
Director of Beijing Key Laboratory of Epilepsy
Director of Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders,
Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
Title: How to Understand Our Brain and Intelligence: From Epileptic Network to Brain-Computer Interface

Chris Eliasmith

Chris Eliasmith

Professor of Philosophy & Systems Design Engineering
Director, Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Neuroscience
Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars
Title: Next Generation Hardware for Large-Scale Brain Modeling and AI Applications

Andreas Tolias

Andreas Tolias

Professor of Neuroscience
Brown Foundation Endowed Chair of Neuroscience
Director, Center of Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence (CNAI)
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA
Title: The Fabric Of The Neocortex: A Less-Artificial Intelligence


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Important Dates

  • August 10, 2018: Papers submission deadline (Extended)
  • September 20th, 2018: Notification of paper acceptance (Extended)
  • November 16th, 2018: Abstract Submission deadline (Extended)
  • December 7, 2018: Workshops & Special Sessions
  • December 8-9, 2018: Main conference

Paper & Abstract Submission

  • Paper Submission:
    1. full paper submissions should be limited to a maximum of 10 pages including figures and references;
    2. high quality paper submissions with up to 6 pages are also welcome and will be accepted as short papers based on their originality, significance of contribution to the field, technical merit, and presentation quality.
    3. All paper submissions should follow Springer LNCS Proceedings format.
    4. Accepted full papers and short papers will be included in the Brain Informatics 2018 Conference Proceedings published by Springer-Nature LNCS/LNAI.
    5. Authors should prepare and submit papers through BI Online Submission Site.
  • Abstract Submission: authors are encouraged to submit research abstracts of their original work. Research abstracts will be accepted for presentations in an oral presentation format and/or poster presentation format. Authors can indicate their presentation preferences during online submission. Abstracts accepted for oral presentation will be given an option to also be considered for a poster presentation for more demonstrations and discussions. Each abstract submission should include the title of the paper, an abstract body within 500 words, and up to 5 keywords. Abstract presentations are scheduled at the sole discretion of the BI Program Committee.
  • Journal Opportunities: high quality BI conference papers may be nominated to submit an extended version for a fast track review and publication at the Brain Informatics Journal, an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary open-access journal published by Springer. No open access article-processing fee will be charged for BI conference paper authors.
  • Special Issues & Books: workshop/special session organizers and BI conference session chairs may consider and can be invited to prepare a book proposal of special topics for possible book publication in the Springer-Nature Brain Informatics & Health Book Series, or a special issue at the Brain Informatics Journal.
  • Paper & Abstract Submission Site:
  • Questions and Suggestions: concerning paper submissions, conference registrations, suggestions for the program, and other inquires, please feel free to contact BI‘18 program co-chairs.

Workshop & Special Sessions

  • Proposal Submissions: BI‘18 will be hosting a series of workshops and special sessions featuring topics relevant to the brain informatics community on the latest research and industry applications. Workshop & special session proposals can be submitted by email to BI‘18 program co-chairs.
  • Papers & Presentations: a workshop/special session typically takes a half day (or full day) and includes a mix of regular and invited presentations including regular papers, abstracts, invited papers as well as invited presentations. The paper and abstract submissions to workshops/special sessions will follow the same format as the BI conference papers and abstracts. The detailed information can be found on the workshop/special session web page.
  • Proposal Guidelines: each proposal should be concise with 1-3 pages, and should include 1) workshop/special session title; 2) length of the workshop (half/full day); 3) names, main contact, and a short bio of the workshop organizers; 4) brief description of the workshop scope and timeline; 5) prior history of the workshop (if any); 6) potential program committee members and invited speakers; 7) Any other relevant information.
  • Publications: accepted workshop and special session full papers will be published at the same BI proceedings at the Springer-Nature LNAI Brain Informatics Book Series. Workshop organizers can be invited to contribute a book publication in the Springer-Nature Brain Informatics & Health Book Series, or a special issue at the Brain Informatics Journal.
  • Workshop Paper & Abstract Submissions: we will create an online submission site on Cyberchair system for each accepted workshop and special session.

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