For release: October 7, 2011
For press information, contact Robert Kozma or Vernisa Hazlett, 901- 678-5001
The University of Memphis’ Center for Large-Scale Complex Systems and Intelligent
Optimization Networks (CLION) will host its third annual symposium on Thursday and
Friday, October 13-14 the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus. This
year’s symposium will address recent developments and challenges in the field.
Dr. Walter J. Freeman
The meeting will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Walter J. Freeman, professor of
neurobiology at the University of California at Berkeley; Dr Paul Werbos, co-director
of CLION, who serves as program director of the National Science Foundation (NSF);
and Dr. Bela Bollobas, FRS, who holds the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Combinatorics
at the University of Memphis and is a senior research fellow at the University of
Panel sessions will address topics in advanced signal processing and natural, artificial,
computational, and physical intelligence. In addition, CLION’s new Radar Imaging and
Sensor Integration Laboratory, established through a partnership with the US Air Force
Research Laboratory, will be open for tours.
The symposium will be held in the Methodist Presentation Theater from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. It is free and open to the
public, but registration is required and may be accomplished online at http://clion.memphis.edu.
Dr Paul Werbos
CLION Director, Dr. Robert Kozma, Dunavant Professor at the University of Memphis,
said, “We are pleased to welcome such a distinguished group of scientists from across
the nation and around the world to Memphis, and we look forward to developing new
collaborations that will advance the interdisciplinary science of large-scale random
networks in brains, computers, and at various levels in the society.”
CLION is an interdisciplinary research center established in 2009 with support from
the FedEx Institute of Technology, the University of Memphis, and US Air Force Research
Laboratory. Directed by Professor Robert Kozma and Dr. Paul Werbos, the Center engages
in fundamental and applied research in the areas of decision support in large-scale
complex networks; advanced learning and optimization using simultaneous recurrent
neural networks; and non-intrusive monitoring of cognitive brain functions for the
development of advanced brain-computer interfaces.
Dr. Bela Bollobas