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CS & AMCS Seminar| Why is it so hard to understand the brain?

Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: December 7, 2017

By Professor Roger D. Traub (IBM Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights)

We have explored almost the entire surface of the earth, have been to the moon and manned space flights to Mars are being planned. But in the exploration of our innermost being, our brain, we are only just at the beginning.
  • First of all clinical, to improve the prevention and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. We want to learn from the brain so as to imitate its functions; to understand ourselves and our origins.
  • To accomplish this, we must be able to relate the physical properties of neurons and their connections to functionally meaningful circuit outputs.
  • This has been possible with smaller circuits, so called central pattern generators and in the case of highly redundant and autonomous population behaviours such as network oscillations and seizures.
  • For cognition, this program has proven difficult, for conceptual reasons, insufficient data, and mostly for lack of a suitable preparation – a preparation where both neuron or circuits resp. and functionally relevant outputs are simultaneously measurable.
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For more info contact: Prof. Gabriel Wittum : email:
Date: Thursday 7th Dec 2017
Time:02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: Bldg 3, Level 5, Rm. 5220
Refreshments: will be available at 13:45