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3rd Annual CLION Symposium Will Meet October 13-14 at the U of M; Focus Will Be on Random Networks' Applications in Defense and Civilian Sectors

For release: October 7, 2011
For press information, contact Robert Kozma or Vernisa Hazlett, 901- 678-5001

Dr. Walter J. Freeman
Dr. Walter J. Freeman
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.

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 Cambridge, UK.

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.

Dr Paul Werbos
Dr Paul Werbos
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

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.”

Dr. Bela Bollobas
Dr. Bela Bollobas
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.

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