BRAIN + MACHINES: Exploring the Frontiers of Neuroscience and Computer Science
Friday, January 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Harvard University, Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

This year's IACS symposium on the Future of Computation in Science and Engineering will focus on the converging fields of neuroscience and computer science/machine learning.  BRAIN + MACHINES will bring together machine learning experts, neuroscientists, academic researchers, and scholars across several fields to discuss what we can learn from the study of structure and function in the brain and efforts to reverse-engineer the brain. The implications of replacing the human brain with machines and the related benefits and risks for society will be considered.  Other topics to be explored will include how treatments for brain-related problems are being developed through better understanding of the brain led by advances in technology and computation.  This one-day symposium will be an exchange of ideas through invited expert speakers, panels, and plenty of audience interaction.  This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

To learn more about leading issues at the frontiers of neuroscience and computer science, please check out this background reading list curated by IACS Associate, Brian Hayes.



8:30am          Coffee

9:00am          Welcome

9:15am          Introduction

                      David Cox, Harvard University

9:30am         Title: Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks 

                      Presenter: R. Jacob Vogelstein, IARPA
*** Dr. Vogelstein was unable to attend due to inclement weather***

10:00am       Title: Mapping, Localization, and Autonomous Vehicles
                      Presenter: John Leonard, MIT

10:30am        Break

11:00am        Title: Intelligent Artificial and Human Agents: How to Live and Work Together
                      Presenter: Francesca Rossi, University of Padova and IBM

11:30am        Panel I: Does the Rise of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Provide a Net Benefit to Society?

Gary Stix, Scientific American (moderator)
John Leonard
Francesca Rossi
R. Jacob Vogelstein

12:15pm        Lunch Break

2:00pm          Title: Connectomics and Reverse Engineering the Human Brain 
                       Presenter: Jeff Lichtman, Harvard

2:30pm          Title: The Functional Architecture of the Human Brain
                       Presenter: Nancy Kanwisher, MIT

3:00pm          Break

3:15pm          Title: Reverse Engineering Neocortical Intelligence
                       Presenter: Andreas Tolias, Baylor College of Medicine

3:45pm         Panel II: What Might the Future Hold for Brains and Machines?

Brian Hayes (moderator)
Nancy Kanwisher
Jeff Lichtman
Andreas Tolias

4:30pm         Closing Remarks

Organizing Committee
David Cox, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Computer Science, Harvard 
Pavlos Protopapas, Scientific Program Director, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard

The Harvard University Science Center is located at 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138, just north of historic Harvard Yard and is bounded to the east by Oxford Street. To the west, across an oak-filled quadrangle, is the Harvard Law School.  It is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Harvard Square T-Stop (see Google map for details).

Metered parking in and around the Harvard campus is extremely limited. We recommend that students and visitors coming by car purchase parking permits for Harvard garages. The Everett Street and Oxford Street garages are closest to the SEAS campus.  More information can be found here.