[Neuroinfo] Brains, Minds and Machines 2017

Gabriel Kreiman gkreiman at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 17:51:04 CET 2017

*Brains, Minds and Machines*

A Special Topics Course at MBL Woods Hole, MA

*Directors:* Gabriel Kreiman, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School;
and Tomaso Poggio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

*Course Dates:* Aug. 13 - Sept. 3, 2017

****Application Deadline:* March 14, 2017***


The problem of intelligence – how the brain produces intelligent behavior
and how we may be able to replicate intelligence in machines – is arguably
the greatest problem in science and technology. To solve it we will need to
understand how human intelligence emerges from computation in neural
circuits, with rigor sufficient to reproduce similar intelligent behavior
in machines. Success in this endeavor ultimately will enable us to
understand ourselves better, to produce smarter machines, and perhaps even
to make ourselves smarter. Today’s AI technologies, such as Watson and
Siri, are impressive, but their domain specificity and reliance on vast
numbers of labeled examples are obvious limitations; few view this as
brain-like or human intelligence. The synergistic combination of cognitive
science, neurobiology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science holds
the promise to build much more robust and sophisticated algorithms
implemented in intelligent machines.

Set in the charming town of Woods Hole, there will be lectures and
tutorials by leaders in the field. In addition, students will be working on
cutting-edge projects with the help of faculty and teaching assistants.
This course aims to cross-educate computer engineers and neuroscientists;
it is appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in computer
science and/or neuroscience. Students are expected to have a strong
background in one discipline (such as neurobiology, physics, engineering,
and mathematics). Our goal is to develop the science and the technology of
intelligence and to help train a new generation of scientists that will
leverage the progress in neuroscience, cognitive science, and computer

The Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM) <cbmm.mit.edu> [
cbmm.mit.edu] will also be hosting an Evening Lecture Series, including
speakers from both industry and academia, in the fields of neuroscience,
computer science, and cognitive science.

Invited faculty include Larry Abbott, Bill Bialek, Bob Desimone, Jim
DiCarlo, Winrich Freiwald, Sam Gershman, Asif Ghazanfar, Nancy Kanwisher,
Boris Katz, Gabriel Kreiman, Christof Koch, Jeff Lichtman, Marge
Livingstone, Josh McDermott, Tommy Poggio, Marc Raibert, Lorenzo Rosasco,
Rebecca Saxe, Haim Sompolinsky, Liz Spelke, Max Tegmark, Josh Tenenbaum,
Shimon Ullman, Matt Wilson, Patrick Winston, Jeremy Wolfe, among others.

For more information, including the link to the application portal, please


Gabriel Kreiman
gkreiman at gmail.com
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