This book contains the proceedings of the International Conference on Neural Computation Theory and Applications (NCTA 2011). This conference is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and this year it is hosted by the University PARIS-EST Créteil (UPEC) at the campus of Sénart. NCTA 2011 was held in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the LISSI Laboratory. NCTA intends to address the study, analysis, design, modeling and implementation of neural computing systems, both theoretically and in a broad range of application fields. Neural computation and artificial neural networks have seen an explosion of interest over the last few years, and are being successfully applied across an extraordinary range of problem domains, in areas as diverse as finance, medicine, engineering, geology and physics, in problems of prediction, classification or control. Several
architectures, learning strategies and algorithms have been introduced in this highly dynamic field in the last couple of decades. NCTA is integrated in IJCCI (International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence) a conference formed by three complementary conferences, namely: ECTA (International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications), FCTA (International Conference on Fuzzy Computation Theory and Applications) and NCTA. The NCTA program includes a special session, on Challenges in Neuroengineering. The joint conference, IJCCI, received 283 paper submissions from 59 countries in all continents. To evaluate each submission, a double blind paper review was performed by the Program Committee. After a stringent selection process, 35 papers were accepted to be published and presented as full papers, i.e. completed work, 62 papers reflecting work-in-progress or position papers were accepted for short presentation, and another 57 contributions were accepted for poster presentation. These numbers, leading to a “full-paper” acceptance of about 12% and a total oral paper presentations acceptance ratio close to 34%, show the intention of preserving a high quality forum for the next editions of this conference. As in previous editions of the Conference, based on the reviewers’ evaluations and on the quality of presentations, a short list of authors will be selected and invited to submit extended revised versions of their papers for a book that will be published by Springer with the best papers of IJCCI 2011. Also, a post-conference Special Issue of Neural Processing Letters journal is planned for publication of an extended version of a restricted number of original high quality papers presented during the NCTA 2011 and a short list of papers presented at the conference will be selected for publication of extended and revised versions in a special issue of Springer's LNCS TCCI Journal. IJCCI’s program includes panels and six invited talks delivered by internationally distinguished speakers, namely: Qiangfu Zhao (University of Aizu, Japan), Witold Pedrycz (University of Alberta, Canada / Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland), Didier Dubois (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse - IRIT, France), Marco A. Montes de Oca (University of Delaware, U.S.A.), Plamen Angelov (Lancaster University, U.K.) and Michel Verleysen (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium). We would like to express our thanks to all participants. First of all, to the authors, whose quality work is the essence of this conference. Next, we thank to all the members of the program committee and the auxiliary reviewers for their diligence and expert reviewing. We would also like to deeply thank the invited speakers for their excellent contribution in sharing their knowledge and vision. Fourthly, we thank the program chair, Kurosh Madani, whose collaboration was much appreciated. Finally, special thanks to all the members of the INSTICC team whose collaboration was fundamental for the success of this conference. We wish you all an exciting conference and an unforgettable stay in the city of Paris. We hope to meet you again next year for the next editions of NCTA, details of which will soon be available at http://www.ncta.ijcci.org.
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