On behalf of me, a colleague of mine represented me at the ECTA 2012, presenting my position paper The Brain in a Box – An Encoding Scheme for Natural Neural Networks. The main message is that unlike in other approaches it is maybe more natural to just encode neurons and their properties while the wiring of the neurons underlies self-organization. From this perspective, the function of a neural network is the result of spatial properties of neurons and their axons and dendrites.
I wished I could be there to present and explain the ideas. Just in case you have any questions, write me an email or leave a comment.