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Monday, March 18, 2019

Adaptive changes in the adult visual system following visual deprivation

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | March 18 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Dr. MiYoung Kwon, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

As our population ages, a growing number of people must adapt to normal and pathological aging processes. Thus, understanding how the adult human brain deals with degraded sensory input is increasingly important. In this talk, I will present behavioral and brain-imaging evidence suggesting that visual deprivation results in compensatory changes in the adult human visual system. Here I will...   More >

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Biology as information dynamics

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

John Baez, UC Riverside

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

If biology is the study of self-replicating entities, and we want to understand the role of information, it makes sense to see how information theory is connected to the ‘replicator equation’ — a simple model of population dynamics for self-replicating entities. The relevant concept of information turns out to be the information of one probability distribution relative to another, also known as...   More >

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Covariant neural network architectures for learning physics

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Risi Kondor, University of Chicago

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Deep neural networks have proved to be extremely effective in image recognition, machine translation, and a variety of other data centered engineering tasks. However, some other domains, such as learning to model physical systems requires a more careful examination of how neural networks reflect symmetries. In this talk we give an overview of recent developments in the field of...   More >

Friday, March 22, 2019

ICBS Special Event: The Neural Basis of Attention. Festschrift in Honor of Bob Rafal

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | March 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

This workshop will cover historical and contemporary perspectives on the neural basis of attention. Speakers will pay special tribute to the contributions and influences of Professor Robert Rafal, a cognitive and behavioral neurologist whose career focused on better understanding the neural underpinnings of attention, consciousness, eye movements, and perception. Bpb was a core member of the Bay...   More >

Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Note change in date and time

Earl Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Working Memory 2.0

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Earl K. Miller, Picower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Working memory is the fundamental function by which we break free from reflexive input-output reactions to gain control over our own thoughts. It has two types of mechanisms: online maintenance of information and its volitional or executive control. Classic models proposed persistent spiking for maintenance but have not explicitly addressed executive control. I will review recent theoretical and...   More >

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Memcomputing: a brain-inspired computing paradigm

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | April 3 | 12 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

Massimiliano Di Ventra, Dept of Physics, UC San Diego

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Which features make the brain such a powerful and energy-efficient computing machine? Can we reproduce them in the solid state, and if so, what type of computing paradigm would we obtain? I will show that a machine that uses memory (time non-locality) to both process and store information, like our brain, and is endowed with intrinsic parallelism and information overhead – namely takes advantage,...   More >

Monday, April 8, 2019

Mechanisms of experience-dependent plasticity in GABAergic circuits: connecting genes to cell-types and circuit-functions

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | April 8 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

Ivo Spiegel, Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

The ability to adapt and learn from the experience is essential for an animal’s survival and key questions in neuroscience concern the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms. In the adult cortex, it was suggested that particularly GABAergic interneurons in the supragranular layers of the cortex play key roles in regulating the experience-dependent plasticity of cortical circuits. However,...   More >

Synaptic signaling in cerebellar circuits

Seminar | April 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Indira Raman, Northwestern University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, April 12, 2019

3D Human Brain Models and Nanoplatforms for Prognostics and Therapeutics of Neurological Disorders: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

Prof. Hansang Cho, Univ of North Carolina, Charlotte / Biomedical Engineering

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia. However, no definitive cure for AD exists due to lack of limited model systems that accurately reflect AD-related immunity in human brains, nor for a drug development strategy for delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and assessment of drug efficacy in human brains.

Here, I present micro-scaled 3D environments that...   More >

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | April 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Michael Higley, Yale University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | May 2 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Doris Tsao, Caltech

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ICBS Seminar

Seminar: ICBS Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1217

Anca Dragon, EECS; Emily Cooper, Vis Science

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optimal Robot Action for and around People, Anca Dragon

3D Vision in Natural Environments, Emily Cooper