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Monday, September 17, 2018

​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | September 17 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Vivek Labhishetty, PhD; Baladitya Yellapragada, PhD

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Vivek Labhishetty's Abstract
Retinal-Conjugate Surfaces: The Blur Horopter
When we fixate at an object, the image of that object is brought to sharp focus on the fovea due to the eye’s accommodation. Other objects in the periphery may be farther or nearer than best focus on those parts of the retina. We measured the shape of surface of best focus in the world as the eye accommodates to...   More >



Information decomposition

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | September 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Juergen Jost, MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


In many situations, two or more sources have some information about a target. For instance, sensory input and context information can jointly determine the firing pattern of a neuron. Since the information from the two sources is typically not identical, one wishes to decompose it in those parts that are unique to each source, what is shared between them and what is complementary, that is,...   More >

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Learning Representations for Planning

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Aviv Tamar, Postdoc, UC Berkeley's Artificial Intelligence Research Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Abstract:
How can we build autonomous robots that operate in unstructured and dynamic environments such as homes or hospitals?
This problem has been investigated under several disciplines, including planning (motion planning, task planning, etc.), and reinforcement learning. While both of these fields have witnessed tremendous progress, each have fundamental drawbacks when it comes to...   More >

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | September 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Ethan Bensinger, Roorda Lab; Baladitya Yellapragada, Yu Lab

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Ethan Bensinger's Talk Title
Dysflective Cones: Differences in Cone Reflectivity and Function in Healthy Subjects
Confocal Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) images acquired in healthy subjects reveal small areas with diminished cone reflectivity. In a survey of AOSLO images these transient hyporeflective areas of cones were found in 19 of the 80 eyes. 3 healthy subjects with...   More >



The neural circuits underlying motor planning and short-term memory

Seminar | September 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Karel Svoboda, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Our goal is to uncover the principles by which mammalian neural circuits perform fundamental computations, from perception to action. Cortex is parcellated into areas with distinct functions, each of which contains complex local circuits. Cortical areas in turn associate into mesoscale circuits with other cortical and subcortical areas via long-range connections. Information is represented by...   More >

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A New Benchmark and Progress Toward Improved Weakly Supervised Learning

Seminar: Redwood Seminar | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall


Russ Webb, Apple

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


A primary goal of this work is to give a clear example of the limits of current, deep-learning techniques and suggest how progress can be made. The presentation will include a discussion of open questions, unpublished experiments, suggestions on how to make progress. This work is founded on the paper Knowledge Matters: Importance of Prior Information for Optimization by Gulcehre et. al., which...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

(Computer) Vision without Sight: Finding, Reading, and Magnifying Text

Seminar: Oxyopia Seminar | October 1 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall


Roberto Manduchi, Professor of Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Reading is a pervasive activity in our daily life. We read text printed on books and documents, shown on directional signs and advertisement, and displayed on computer and smartphone screens. People who are blind can read text using OCR on their smartphone; those with low vision may magnify onscreen content. But these tasks are not always easy. Reading a document with OCR requires taking a...   More >

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: Towards a Conscious AI: A Computer Architecture Inspired by Neuroscience

Colloquium | October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium


Manuel Blum, UC Berkeley

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. The Model gives insight for the design of machines that truly...   More >

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | October 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Adam Kepecs

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Information Storage in Memory Engrams

Seminar | November 1 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Tomas Ryan, Trinity College Dublin, School of Biochemistry and Immunology,

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, November 9, 2018

Attentional Episodes and Cognitive Control

Seminar: Neuroscience Seminar | November 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West


John Duncan, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


Abstract: Human fMRI studies show a tightly-localised set of “multiple-demand” or MD regions, involved in solution of many different cognitive challenges, widely separated yet strongly functionally connected, and linked to standard measures of fluid intelligence. Multiple-demand regions are generally associated with “cognitive control”, but how should control be conceived? Using data from...   More >

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Division of Immunology and Pathogenesis

Seminar | November 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Jun R. Huh, Harvard University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Convergent circuitry for thermoregulation

Seminar | November 29 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Lily Jan, University of California, San Francisco

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Division of Neurobiology and H.Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar | December 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


James Trimmer, University of California, Davis, Department of Pharmacology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH