Berlin Science Week: Artificial Intelligence and the Brain

Nov 10, 2016 15:00 — Nov 10, 2016 17:00

BCCN Berlin
Lecture hall
Philippstr. 13, Haus 6
10115 Berlin


As a part of the Berlin Science Week (Nov 1-10, 2016), the BCCN Berlin presents a mini-symposium on Artificial Intelligence and its application to Neuroscience (Artifical Intelligence and the Brain).

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most promising technologies to have recently emerged.

In a first talk, Prof. Jack Gallant (UC Berkley) will present his work on using AI techniques to decode brain activity. The presentation will cover our current understanding of how sensory information is represented across the human cortex, a knowledge which could allow us to “read” from someone’s brain.

This will be followed by a cautionary talk by Prof. Toby Walsh (UNSW) on the limits of AI, including the possibility for consciousness in AI and the common held fear of machines taking over as the dominant species on the planet.

Jack Gallant
A functional atlas of the human brain that predicts activity under naturalistic conditions

Toby Walsh (UNSW Australia, Data61, TU Berlin)
The Limits of Artificial Intelligence


About the two presenters: 

Jack Gallant is Chancellor's Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and he is affiliated with a variety of other departments and graduate programs. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and he did post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology and Washington University Medical School. He is known for his neurophysiological work on the representation of natural scenes, the function of area V4 and its modulation by attention, and for the development of the voxel-wise modeling approach in human fMRI. His current research program focuses on computational modeling and mapping of human brain activity. These models accurately describe how the brain encodes information during complex, naturalistic tasks, and they show how information about the external and internal worlds are mapped systematically across the surface of the cerebral cortex. These models can also be used to decode information in the brain in order to reconstruct mental experiences. 

Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He is Guest Professor at TU Berlin, and a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW, Sydney, Australia. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and has won a Humboldt research award. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics. His twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. He has played a leading role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots").