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14th German-American Symposium

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 11-14, 2008
Potsdam, Germany 


 Brian-Machine and Brain-Computer Interfaces

Organizers: Daniel Tracey, Lisa Borland and Gunter Meister 

Introductory Speaker:
Brain-Machine and Brain-Computer Interfaces
Thomas B. DeMarse, University of Florida

Brain Machine Interfaces
Daniel Tracey, Duke University

 CO2 Sequestration

Organizers: Carrine Blank, Antje Schwalb and Andrew Taton 

Introductory Speaker:
Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide – A Climate Mitigation Measure?
Michael Kühn, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam

The Ecology of Carbon Sequestration in Terrestrial Ecosystems
Manuel Lerdau, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

Marine Options for CO2 Storage
Matthias Haeckel, Leibniz Institute for Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) 

 Computational Creativity

Organizers: Stefan Bornholdt and Elaine Chew 

Introductory Speaker:
Making Computers and Ourselves More Creative
Doug DeCarlo, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA

Computational Modeling of High-Level Musical Concepts
Morwaread Mary Farbood, New York University, USA

Design Exploration Using Computation
Axel Kilian, "Design Consultancy: designexplorer", Ulm, Germany

 Energy from Waste

Organizers: Stefanie Dehnen and Ruth Ley

Introductory Speaker:
Utilizing Energy Resources in Waste: Waste-to-Energy
Shelley Minteer, Saint Louis University, MO, USA

Converting Organic Wastes into Bioenergy
Lars Angenent, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA

Hydrothermal Carbonization of Plant Material: A Route to Nanostructured Carbonaceous Materials and an Efficient Chemical Process to Treat the CO2 Problem
Maria-Magdalena Titirici, Max-Planck-Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany

 The Evolution of Complex Adaptation

Organizers: Stefan Borland, Juergen Geist and John Logsdon

Introductory Speaker:
The Genetic Bases and Evolution of Complex Adaptations
Todd Oakley, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA

Swordtail Fish and the Evolution of Specialized Fins
Gerrit Begemann, Institute of Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany

The Evolution of Color and Color Pattern
Hopi Hoekstra, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

 Extraterrestrial Materials

Organizers: Carrine Blank and Regine von Klitzing 

Introductory Speaker:
Extraterrestrial Materials
Paul Kalas, University of California, Berkeley, USA

The Long Road from Dust to Planets
Gerhard Wurm, Universiy of Münster, Germany

What is the Universe Made of?
Matthias Steinmetz, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, Germany

 Neuronal Correlates of Decision Making

Organizers: Daniel Tracey and Felix Kratz 
Introductory Speaker:
Neuronal Correlates of Decision Making
Michael Platt, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

The Neural Basis of Simple Economic Decision-Making
Hilke Plassmann, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

 Noise in Biological Systems 

Organizers: Stefan Bornholdt and Nirao Shah 

Introductory Speaker:
Life: Avoiding or Exploiting Noise?
Jan Freund, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Noise in Neuronal Spikes
Gordon Pipa, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FISA) and Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research

Noise in Gene Expression
Johan Paulsson, Harvard Medical School

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