The Record: University “brain camp” showcases robots

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer camp: it's not just for school-aged kids. A group of researchers, psychologists and computer scientists from around the world flocked to the University of Waterloo to attend a summer camp where they learned how to build brains.

Chris Eliasmith, director of the university's Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, affectionately calls it "brain camp."

The two-week session ended Friday with a public demonstration of the brain models built by groups of participants.

Eliasmith recently wrote a book called How to Build a Brain that explained how to use the software he created and used to build the world's largest brain simulator, named Spaun.

It creates humanlike neural systems containing billions of neurons that can replicate human behaviour — a first in brain simulations.

His summer camp aims to teach researchers how to use the software to solve problems in their own disciplines whether it is neuroscience, computer science or psychology.

Full article: The Record | June 20, 2014