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Monday, October 20, 2014 — 3:30 PM EDT

Portrait of Jeff OrchardJeff Orchard

David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo

3:30pm, Monday, October 20
DC 1302

Reception to follow, 4:30-5:30pm
DC 1301

 Abstract:

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.
Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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