Brain evolution as a machine learning problem


We have entered a golden age of artificial intelligence research, driven mainly by the advances in ANNs over the last decade or so. Applications of these techniques—to machine vision, speech recognition, autonomous vehicles, machine translation and many other domains—are coming so quickly that many observers predict that the long-elusive goal of “Artificial General Intelligence” (AGI) is within our grasp. However, we still cannot build a machine capable of building a nest, stalking prey, or loading a dishwasher. I will describe several projects, ranging from theories of evolution of neural development to the perception of smells, in which we are attempting to understand the algorithms that the nervous system is using to solve some of these challenging problems.


Math Bio Seminar / Colloquium
Friday, February 4, 2022
12:00pm AZ
WXLR A309 and via Zoom

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Meet the speaker during a coffee break reception in WXLR A206 and breezeway before the talk, from 11:00am-12:00pm.


Alexei Koulakov
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Cold Spring Harbor, New York

WXLR A309 and virtual via Zoom