From Microcircuits to the Global Brain of Cognition

From Microcircuits to the Global Brain of Cognition
Xiao-Jing Wang, Global Professor of Neural Science
Date & Time
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -
16:45 to 17:45
Room 210, NYU Shanghai | 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai


Advances in artificial intelligence, especially convolution networks and deep learning, were largely inspired by our understanding of sensory information processing in the brain. By contrast, AI has not yet made serious connection with contemporary neuroscience of higher cognitive abilities such as flexible task switching and optimal decision making, which is the topic of my talk. I will first discuss “cognitive-type” microcircuits capable of working memory (the brain’s ability to actively maintain and manipulate information in the absence of sensory stimuli) and decision-making (the process of evaluating multiple options that ultimately results in a particular choice). This line of research has led us to develop a large-scale brain circuit model with multiple interacting brain areas based on mesoscopic connectome and neurophysiological experiments. Such circuit modeling across levels, combined with training multi-module recurrent networks to perform cognitive tasks, represents a promising approach to elucidate distributed cognitive computations across the global brain, with potentially high impacts on the future of AI.

NYU Shanghai STEM seminar series is a weekly seminar series on every Wednesday, starting from 12th October 2016. 
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