Tuesday, July 22, 2014

IEEE TNNLS Special issue on “Neurodynamic Systems for Optimization and Applications”

Recurrent neural networks, as dynamical systems, are usually used as models for solving computationally intensive problems. Because of their inherent nature of parallel and distributed information processing, recurrent neural networks are promising computational models for real-time applications. Constrained optimization problems arise in a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications, including signal and image processing, system identification, robot control, process control, pattern recognition, etc. Since the Hopfield neural network was introduced for solving optimization problems, significant progress has been made in theory, algorithms and applications. A number of neurodynamic models have been proposed for solving different problems ranging from discrete optimization to continuous optimization, linear programming to nonlinear optimization, convex optimization to non-convex optimization, smooth optimization to non-smooth optimization, numerical software to analog hardware implementations, etc. Some of them have been successfully applied to robot control, process control, signal and image processing, pattern recognition and classification, economic prediction and so on. In addition, as a kind of neuromorphic systems, they are potentially useful for simulating the brain functions, which is an important topic in neuroscience.

The objective of this special issue is to bring together recent advances in the field of neurodynamic systems for solving optimization problems. We invite original and unpublished research contributions in all relevant areas. We will encourage submissions of papers with new models and applications which would further promote research activities in this area.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Neurodynamic models for constrained optimization
  • Neurodynamic models for multi-objective optimization
  • Neurodynamic models for large-scale optimization problems
  • Neurodynamic models for deep learning
  • Neurodynamic models for optimal control
  • Neurodynamic models for tensor decomposition
  • Analysis of neurodynamic optimization systems
  • Neurodynamic optimization in the brain
  • Neurodynamic optimization for process control
  • Neurodynamic optimization for robot control
  • Neurodynamic optimization for biomedical engineering problems
  • Neurodynamic optimization for signal processing
  • Neurodynamic optimization for image processing
  • Neurodynamic optimization for support vector machine learning
  • Neurodynamic optimization for pattern recognition
  • Neurodynamic optimization for other applications


Aug. 15, 2014 – Deadline for manuscript submission
Dec. 31, 2014 – Notification to authors
Feb. 15, 2015 – Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts
Mar.1, 2015 – Final decision
May/June 2015 – Special issue publication in the IEEE TNNLS.


  1. Read the information for authors at http://cis.ieee.org/tnnls
  2. Submit the manuscript by August 15, 2014 at the IEEE-TNNLS webpage http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnnls and follow the submission procedure. Please indicate clearly on the first page of the manuscript and the Author’s Cover Letter that the manuscript has been submitted to the Special Issue on Neurodynamic Systems for Optimization and Applications. Send also an e-mail to chenglong@compsys.ia.ac.cn with subject “TNNLS special issue submission” to notify the editors of your submission.


Zhigang Zeng
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Andrzej Cichocki
Brain Science Institute, RIKEN, Japan

Long Cheng
Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Yousheng Xia
Fuzhou University, China

Xiaolin Hu
Tsinghua University, China

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