The 14th Annual Waterloo Brain Day - April 6, 2020

side profile of a brain with people standing on top of itThe brain is a horrendously complex and poorly understood system that poses both an immense challenge - and possibly rich rewards - to neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and computer scientists. To celebrate Waterloo's Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, which integrates these approaches to the brain, and to highlight the already established Cognitive Science Program, we have invited four internationally renowned speakers to present generally accessible lectures from each of these perspectives.

This is a free event, and we have a marvellous line up of speakers this year. The first talk will begin at 9:00 a.m. (with coffee available before).  The venue will be Room 3343 in building E7 on the University of Waterloo campus.

Schedule

8:30     Refreshments

9:00     Welcome

9:15     Speaker - Frances Egan

  • Title: The Role of Representation in Computational Cognitive Models
  • Affiliation: Rutgers University

10:30     Coffee Break

10:45     Speaker - Jacqueline Gottlieb

  • Title: The Questioning Brain: How Attention Enables Us to Engage
  • Affiliation: Columbia University 

12:00-1:30     Lunch

1:30     Speaker - Viktor Jirsa

  • Title: Translational Neuroscience: From Network Theory to Personalized Medicine
  • Affiliation: Aix-Marseille Universite, France 

2:45    Coffee Break

3:00    Speaker - Rebecca Saxe

  • Title: Early Origins of the Social Brain
  • Affiliation: MIT

4:00     Reception (E7 Event Space - 2nd Floor)


Past brain day lecturers include: John Maunsell, Michael Arbib, Vinod Menon, William Seager, Marisa Carrasco, Konrad Kording, James DiCarlo, Daniel Dennett, Daniel Schacter, Paul Glimcher, David van Essen, Patricia Churchland, William Bechtel, Geoff Hinton, Jack Gallant, Ned Block, Carl Craver, Terry Sejnowski, Keith Holyoak, Peter Strick, Jay McLelland, Tony Movshon, Jonathan Cohen, Larry Barsalou, Sebastien Seung, Mel Goodale, John Hopfield, Jesse Prinz, David Sheinberg, Gyorgy Buzsaki, Ian Gold, Michael Tarr, and Michael Hasselmo.

Sponsored by:
University of Waterloo Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN), Cognitive Science Program, and Faculty of Arts.

 Past Waterloo Brain Days

Waterloo researchers among top in Canada

Chris Eliasmith writing on a whiteboardChris Eliasmith, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, received the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award  and is also an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

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