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Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, DBLP, EI and SCOPUS.


SSCN 2013Special Session on Challenges in Neuroengineering
Chair(s): Jordi Solé-Casals, Francois-Benoit Vialatte and Justin Dauwels

SCA 2013Special Session on Computational Models based on Soft Computing and its Applications
Chair(s): José M. Cadenas, M. Carmen Garrido and Raquel Martínez

Special Session on Challenges in Neuroengineering - SSCN 2013


Jordi Solé-Casals
Data and Signal Processing Group, University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia
Francois-Benoit Vialatte
Independent Researcher
Justin Dauwels
Nanyang Technological University

Neuroengineering is a discipline within biomedical engineering. This interdisciplinary approach combines principles from machine learning, signal processing theory, and computational neuroscience applied to problems in basic and clinical neuroscience.
The ultimate goal of neuroengineering is a technological revolution, where machines would interact in real-time with the brain. Machines and brains could interface, enabling normal function in cases of injury or disease, brain monitoring and/or medical rehabilitation of brain disorders.
Much current research in neuroengineering is focused on understanding the coding and processing of information in the sensory and motor systems, quantifying how this processing is altered in the pathological state, and how it can be manipulated through interactions with artificial devices including brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics.
Our brains are buzzing with electrical activity moving in and out of neural cells, sending electrical impulses along their axons, and exchanging chemical messages. Neural signals allow us to observe neuronal activity in real time.

Special Session on Computational Models based on Soft Computing and its Applications - SCA 2013


José M. Cadenas
Departamento de Ingeniería de la Información y las Comunicaciones, University of Murcia
M. Carmen Garrido
Universidad de Murcia
Raquel Martínez
University of Murcia

In the Intelligent Systems area, Soft Computing and DataMining are methodologies that have demonstrated their efficiency and effectiveness to model situations and solve complex problems. Different fields of interest in their exploration can be: Renewable Energy, Logistics, Green Logistics, Medical Systems, Financial Systems, etc.

A researcher should not be limited to improve the results achieved and he should not deepen more in his work line, but also he is required to open new lines of study, new solution approaches and new application fields. From this viewpoint, it makes sense to apply Soft Computing in the fields mentioned above. So, we must look for new models, propose innovative solutions and analyze results in order to demonstrate the advantages of Soft Computing.