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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Computational Neurodynamics Seminar "Am I Spikes Over Time?", 7th Dec 2011, Imperial College, LONDON
Title: Am I Spikes Over Time? Speaker: Leslie Smith, Department of Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling Wednesday 7th December - 16:00-17:30 - Room 343, Huxley Building, South Kensington campus, Imperial College, London, SW7 2A, UK Abstract: No-one seriously doubts that the brain is the site of the mind. But what is the nature of this sited-ness? What are the candidates? Von der Malsburg has a much-cited paper entitled "Am I thinking Assemblies" in 1988: but what does that imply? We are tempted to assume that what we can measure is what matters (whether that be local field potentials, spikes, fMRI measurements, or others. Indeed, much has been made of mind-reading machines based on fMRI in some parts of the press. But what are the alternatives, and why and how might we pursue this issue? Biography: Leslie Smith (B.Sc. 1973, Ph.D 1981), has been Professor of Computing Science at Stirling University since 2000. Current research interests include early auditory processing, Neuroinformatics, and asking difficult questions, like the title of this seminar. He is currently Head of Computing Science and Mathematics at Stirling, but hopes to get more research done after August when he returns to being plain professor.