Chris 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.
Why a Brain Day?
The 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 recent establishment of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN), 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.
Date: Friday, April 27, 2007, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Place: Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology building (PAS), room 2083, University of Waterloo
9:15 James McClelland, Psychology Department, Stanford University
Title: Semantic Cognition: A Parallel Distributed Processing Approach
10:45 William Bechtel, Philosophy Department, University of California,
Title: The Return of the Mind-Brain Identity Theory
1:30 Geoffrey Hinton, Computer Science Department, University of Toronto
Title: Learning Deep Generative Models in a Neural Network
3:00 J. Anthony Movshon, Center for Neural Science, New York University
Title: Cortical Analysis of Visual Motion