Monday, October 20, 2014 — 3:30 PM EDT
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
3:30pm, Monday, October 20
Reception to follow, 4:30-5:30pm
You have about 86 billion neurons in your head. Those neurons fire spikes
of electrical activity to convey information to each other, and to move
your muscles. It seems simple enough, until you consider the scale of the
problem. Among those billions of neurons are approximately 100 trillion
connections. Scientists are increasingly uncovering functional organization
in the brain by recording patterns of spikes from various brain regions.
But we’re in need of theoretical models of the brain that match the
observed patterns, while simultaneously performing meaningful computations.
In this talk, I will outline some of the computational approaches we use to
model and simulate brain systems, all in an attempt to reverse-engineer the brain.
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
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