December 17, 2008

Sandia to host fourth Decade of the Mind symposium Jan. 14-15

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories will host the fourth Decade of the Mind symposium Jan. 14-15. The symposium is expected to attract some 200 to 300 internationally respected scientists and decision makers.

The following provides additional information about the conference;

WHAT: Decade of the Mind symposium, subtitled “Reverse Engineering the Brain: Sowing the Seeds for Technology Innovation,” will explore recent scientific advances in brain science and application of this science to create new technologies.

WHEN AND WHERE: The symposium will be held on Jan. 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, 1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., north of Albuquerque, and is open to the public. To receive the special room rate of $99/person plus tax, reservations must be made by Dec. 22.

WHY: Scientific breakthroughs in cognition and neurology are at a crossroad and a revolution of mind research is underway. Innovative new technologies are emerging in the areas of reverse engineering of the brain, computational neuroscience, cognitive modeling and massive neuronal simulations. This symposium will look at the future of all these.

WHO: The symposium will feature several high-powered speakers and panels including:

COSPONSORS: Cosponsors include the Krasnow Institute at George Mason University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe Institute, the University of New Mexico, MIND Research Network and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISRATION: For more information on the symposium see

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia news media contact: Chris Burroughs, (505) 844-0948

Decade of the Mind symposium contact: Kevin Dixon, (505) 284-5615