April 2012 - Waterloo Brain Day

People standing on brainWhy 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.

Past brain day lecturers include 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, and David Sheinberg.

Date: Wed April 4, 2012
Place: Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology building (PAS), room 2083, University of Waterloo

Speakers:
Neuroscience - Gyorgy Buzsaki (Rutgers University)
Computation - Michael Hasselmo (Boston University)
Psychology - Michael Tarr (Carnegie Mellon University)
Philosophy - Ian Gold (McGill University)

Schedule:
8:30 Refreshments
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Gyorgy Buzsaki (Rutgers) [Video of Gyorgy Buzsaki's Lecture]
       Title: Oscillatory Organization of Cell Assembly Sequences
10:30 Refreshments provided
10:45 Michael Hasselmo (Boston) [Video of Michael Hasselmo's Lecture]
       Title: Oscillations and Grid Cells in Entorhinal Cortex
12:00 Lunch (not provided)
1:30 Michael Tarr (Carnegie Mellon University) [Video of Michael Tarr's Lecture]
       Title: Unraveling the Neural Architecture of Human Face Recognition
2:45 Refreshments provided
3:00 Ian Gold (McGill) [Video of Ian Gold's Lecture]
       Title: Knowing Other Minds
4:15 Reception (PAS 2464) - Cash Bar
5:30 Speaker dinner

Sponsored by:
University of Waterloo Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience
Cognitive Science Program
Faculty of Arts

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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