BRAIN + MACHINES: Exploring the Frontiers of Neuroscience and Computer Science
Date: 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.
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
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)
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
3:15pm 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)
4:30pm Closing Remarks
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.