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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Soloists and choristers in a cortical population

Seminar: HWNI/MCB Seminar | April 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

Matteo Carandini, PhD, University College London

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Are neurons soloists or obedient members of a large orchestra? This is a key question in systems neuroscience, and this talk will answer it: the relationship of neurons to the overall population lies along a continuum, from cells whose firing is strongly correlated with it (“choristers”), to others that fire independently of it (“soloists”). This relationship is invariant to visual stimuli, is...   More >

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Reading your mind: An "Image and Inquiry" presentation

Special Event | April 4 | 6-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

3960 Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608-3511

Dr. Mark Lescroart, Postdoctoral Researcher, Gallant Neuroscience Laboratory, UC Berkeley; Natalia Bilenko, PhD Candidate, Gallant Neuroscience Laboratory, UC Berkeley


Join Mark Lescroart and Natalia Bilenko to learn about their efforts to map out the visual parts of the cerebral cortex: that is, which parts of the brain respond to which characteristics of visual images. They will show how this knowledge can be used to decode brain activity.

Experience an interactive view of this research with The Mind's Eye!

All Audiences, General Public

All Audiences, General Public

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fixational Eye Movements Improve Visual Performance at the Cone Photoreceptor Sampling Limit

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | April 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Kavitha Ratnam (Roorda Lab)

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Even during fixation, the eye is constantly in motion. Fixational eye movements (FEM) are miniature ocular jitter that move an otherwise static image across the retinal cone mosaic. FEM were classically postulated to improve vision by preventing image fading and bringing retinal images back to the preferred retinal locus of fixation. However, the ‘dynamic theory’ of visual acuity proposes that...   More >

Making Movement: Cellular and molecular characterizations of rapid changes during synaptic transmission

Seminar: MCB Departmental Seminar | April 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

**Shigeki Watanabe**, Charité Universitätsmedizin

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Neurons can fire at extremely high rates. To sustain neurotransmission, synaptic vesicles must be recycled locally at synapses. Two models for synaptic vesicle endocytosis have been put forward based on the morphological studies in frog neuromuscular junctions. Heuser and Reese proposed that endocytosis occurs via a slow mechanism using clathrin scaffolds. Ceccarelli and his coworkers proposed a...   More >

All you need is love (of data): Bootstrapping sensorimotor representations for agents embodied in unknown robots

Seminar | April 6 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

Andrea Censi, Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I will discuss a tractable subset of the set of all robots called the "Vehicles Universe", which I consider a updated version, with modern sensors, of Braitenberg's Vehicles. I will show that the dynamics of three "canonical" robotic sensors (camera, range-finder, field sampler) are very similar at the "sensel" level.

Echolocation in a bat cocktail party: Acoustic communication, eavesdropping and jamming avoidance: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | April 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Cynthia Moss, Institute for Systems Research, School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Department of Psychology

Echolocating bats actively probe the environment with acoustic signals and use information carried by echo returns to represent the 3-D sonar scene. Although echolocation affords insectivorous bats the distinct advantage of finding small prey at night, their reliance on active acoustic sensing also renders these animals susceptible to signal interference. Specifically, when bats forage with...   More >

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blue and Yellow in the World, the Brain, and the Dress

Lecture: Oxyopia Seminar | April 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Michael A. Webster, University of Nevada, Reno

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Friday, April 10, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Title TBD

Seminar: Ear Club Seminar | April 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, 3105 (Beach Room)

Josh Alexander, Purdue University

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Information for Perception of Speech Distorted by Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | April 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Josh Alexander, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University

Department of Psychology

Research in my lab, the Experimental Amplification Research (EAR) lab, focuses on testing existing signal processing strategies for hearing aids as well as developing new ones. Understanding the perceptual elements of information in the speech signal and how they are affected by the interaction between signal processing strategies and hearing loss is an important first step that will help...   More >

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Minimally Invasive, Wireless Neural Interfaces and Future Directions in Implantable Electronics

Seminar | April 14 | 2-3 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

Rikky Muller, Co-Founder and CTO, Cortera Neurotechnologies

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Clinically viable and minimally invasive neural interfaces stand to revolutionize disease care for patients of neurological conditions. To enable chronic and stable neural recording, we have developed a miniaturized, wireless electrocorticography microsystem.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thesis Seminar

Seminar: Thesis Seminar | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Natalia Bilenko, Gallant lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Title TBD

Seminar: Ear Club Seminar | April 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, 3105 (Beach Room)

Craig Atensio, UCSF

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Receptive field processing at multiple spatial scales in the auditory midbrain and forebrain: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | April 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Craig Atensio, Center for Integrative Neuroscience, UCSF

Department of Psychology

Temporal processing becomes slower as information ascends the central auditory system. Other consistent changes have been harder to identify. We applied information-theoretic analyses to examine whether receptive field processing fundamentally changes across the auditory midbrain, thalamus, and cortex. We found that receptive fields became increasingly multidimensional from the midbrain to...   More >

Monday, April 27, 2015

Restoring spatial hearing: Cochlear implants for single-sided deafness

Seminar: Ear Club Seminar | April 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, 3105 (Beach Room)

Joshua Bernstein, Walter Reed Medical Center

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Restoring spatial hearing: Cochlear implants for single-sided deafness: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | April 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

Joshua Bernstein, Audiology & Speech Pathology Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Department of Psychology

Having two ears provides tremendous advantages for listening in everyday, complex noisy environments. Differences in the arrival times or levels of sounds arriving at the two ears can relay information about where in space the sound source originates. In situations involving multiple competing sound sources, normal-hearing listeners are able to make use of differences in the signals arriving at...   More >

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Innovating Innovatively at UC

Lecture | April 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

Regis B. Kelly, Senior Advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship., UCOP

CITRIS (Ctr for Info Technology Research in the Interest of Society)

Live broadcast at Ask questions live on Twitter: #CITRISRE. All talks may be viewed on our YouTube channel

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Thesis Seminar

Seminar: Thesis Seminar | May 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Sarah Hillenbrand, Ivry lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thesis Seminar - Benjamin Gaub

Seminar: Thesis Seminar | May 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

Benjamin Gaub, Isacoff lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills