Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chris Eliasmith portraitChris Eliasmith has just been named an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. Chris is a pioneering figure in the rapidly developing field of theoretical neuroscience. His most visible contribution has been in the development of Spaun, the world’s largest functional model of the brain. Spaun has garnered wide acclaim, both in the academy and in the popular press. Behind Spaun’s success is a deeply influential body of work implementing an innovative approach to the problem of how brains encode meaning.

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Official press release - Sept. 16, 2014

Chris is a professor in the Philosophy department and Systems Design Engineering. He is also the director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience and a Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Neuroscience.

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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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How to Build a Brain

Chris Eliasmith’s team at the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience has built Spaun, the world’s largest simulation of a functioning brain. The related book is now available and for the full article Waterloo Stories.

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This is a collection of coverage of work with Nengo (Neural Engineering Objects) that has appeared in the popular press recently.