Coast to Coast Seminar Series: "How to Build a Brain: From Single Cells to Cognitive Systems"

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
11:30 - 12:30

Dr. Chris Eliasmith
Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo


How do billions of single neurons result in the complex behaviors we observe in animals and in ourselves? In this talk, I discuss my lab's approach to answering this question. In short, we build large-scale simulations at the level of single cells, which exhibit a wide range of flexible, dynamic, and cognitive behaviors. I discuss why the principles we employ are reasonable, and describe the benefits, successes, and challenges of this research.