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The 14th International Conference on Brain Informatics (BI'21)
                   September 17-19, 2021, Padova, Italy
                        both online and offline modes    
                    Homepage: https://www.bi2021.org/

          Innovative Computational Approaches for
	Understanding Brain Functions and Treat its Disorders

The Brain Informatics (BI) conference series has established itself as the world's premier research forum on Brain Informatics, which is an emerging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research field with joint efforts from neuroscience, cognitive science, medicine and life sciences, data science, artificial intelligence, neuroimaging technologies, and information and communication technologies.

The 14th International Conference on Brain Informatics (BI'21) 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.

The theme of BI'21 is:
Innovative Computational Approaches for Understanding Brain Functions and Treat its Disorders.

*** Topics and Areas ***
The BI'21 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

*** Paper Submission and Publications ***

Paper Submission:
Full papers should be limited to a maximum of 10 pages including figures and references in Springer LNCS  Proceedings format (https://www.springer.com/us/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines). Additional pages will be charged. 
All papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted based on originality, significance of contribution, technical merit, and presentation quality.

All papers accepted (and all workshop & special sessions' full length papers) will be published by Springer as a volume of the Springer-Nature LNAI Brain Informatics Book Series (https://link.springer.com/conference/brain). 

Abstract Submission:
Research abstracts are encouraged and will be accepted for presentations in an oral presentation format and/or poster presentation format. Each abstract submission should include the title of the paper and an abstract body within 500 words.

Journal Opportunities:
High-quality BI conference papers will be nominated for a fast-track review and publication at the Brain Informatics Journal (https://braininformatics.springeropen.com/), an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary Open Access journal published by Springer Nature.

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 (https://www.springer.com/series/15148), or a special issue at the Brain Informatics Journal.

*** Workshop & Special Sessions ***

Proposal Submissions:
BI'21 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.

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.

Proposal Guidelines:
Each proposal 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.

Accepted workshop and special session full papers will be published at the same BI proceedings at the Springer-Nature LNAI Brain Informatics Book Series (https://link.springer.com/conference/brain).
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.


March 1st, 2021: Workshop, Special Session & Tutorial Proposal Submission Deadline
April 1st, 2021: Papers Submission Deadline
June 1st, 2021: Notification of Paper Acceptance
June 1st, 2021: Abstract Submission Deadline
July 1st, 2021: Notification of Abstract Acceptance
July 15th, 2021: Final Paper Submission & Early Registration Deadline
September 17th, 2021: Workshops, Special Sessions and Tutorials
September 18th-19th, 2021: Main Conference


General Chairs
Qionghai Dai (Tsinghua University, China)
Mufti Mahmud (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
Stefano Vassanelli (University of Padova, Italy)

Advisory Board
Maurizio Corbetta (Padova Neuroscience Center, Italy)
Amir Hussain (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
Heseng Liu (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA)  
Hanchuan Peng (SEU-Allen Institute for Brain & Intelligence, China)
Ning Zhong (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan)

Program Chairs
Alessandra Bertoldo (University of Padova, Italy)
Michela Chiappalone (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)  
Michele Giugliano (International School for Advanced Studies, Italy)
Xiaohui Tao (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

Special Session and Workshop Chairs
Marzia Hoque Tania (University of Oxford, UK)  
Alberto Testolin (University of Padova, Italy)
Yang Yang (Beijing Forestry University, China)

Tutorial and Industry Chairs
Gopikrishna Deshpande (Auburn University, USA)  
Peipeng Liang (Capital Normal University, China)
Cosimo Ieracitano (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Local Organizing Chairs
Marco Dal Maschio (University of Padova, Italy)
Samir Suweis (University of Padova, Italy)  
Marco Zorzi (University of Padova, Italy)

Publicity Chairs
Abzetdin Adamov (ADA University, Azerbaijan)
Saiful Azad (University of Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia)  
Claudia Cecchetto (Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan)
M Shamim Kaiser (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh)  
Zhiqi Mao (Chinese PLA General Hospital, China)
Francesco Morabito (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy)
KC Santosh (University of South Dakota, USA)
Shouyi Wang (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
Vicky Yamamoto (USC Keck School of Medicine, USA)

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