Dear ColleaguesOn behalf of the official research project, a Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, gFace perception and recognition: Multidisciplinary approaching to understanding face processing mechanismsh, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, it is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in the International Symposium, gFace perception and recognitionh, which will take place in Okazaki, Japan from October 30 to November 3, 2012. This symposium will be held also as the International Conference of NIPS (National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okazaki, Japan). This research project started in 2008 and will finish at the end of March 2013. This project involves thirty-six researchers whose research fields are psychology, cognitive science, technology, clinical medicine, and basic medicine. Therefore, this is a really multidisciplinary research group focusing on face research by employing various approaches. The MEXT, Japan, is strongly supporting this project and the total budget is over 7,000,000 USD. In fact, I think that this is the first and only research project focusing on face perception and recognition through multidisciplinary methods in the world. This international symposium will be held not only as a meeting summarizing the results obtained over the past 5 years, but also a constructive meeting to discuss the future studies. For these objectives, we are planning to invite more than 40 researchers, including 20 researchers from abroad.
The congress venue, Okazaki Conference Center, can be easily accessed from nearby airports and train stations. The nearest international Airport is Nagoya (Central Japan International Airport), and it takes one hour by limousine bus from Nagoya Airport to Okazaki. In addition to good hotels, NIPS has a guest house which is very close to the Conference Center with a very reasonable price for young participants.
We look forward to welcoming you to Okazaki in 2012.
Ryusuke Kakigi, MD, PhD
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