Scott Simon: Building complex functional logic circuits out of microfluidics.

Wednesday, 2 September, 2015 - 17:30 to 18:30

Astrocytic networks in the hippocampus where they modulate synaptic transmission, neuronal excitability, and behavior are an example of an integrated brain circuit. Smaller and more complex microelectronic integrated circuits (micro-electrode arrays) with improved complexity and speed are increasingly being used to probe and manipulate biological circuits, such as those found in the hippocampus. Digital logic circuits composed of pneumatic microfluidic components are beginning used to achieve a similar order of magnitude in complexity and temporal parameters to these electrode arrays.

Brain Architecture: DAC implemented in robots

Friday, 4 September, 2015 - 15:30 to 17:30
DAC have been successfully applied in a number of robotic contexts, including foraging tasks for mobile robots,  perturbation anticipation in self-balancing robots, as well as human-robot interaction with the iCub humanoid.

Brain Architecture: DAC Grid Cells and Cerebellum

Wednesday, 2 September, 2015 - 15:30 to 17:30

Grid cells in layer II medial entorhinal cortex of the mammalian brain fire periodically tiling the explored environment in a striking triangular tessellation pattern [Hafting et al. 2005]. It has been shown that attractor mechanisms govern the network dynamics of such representational system [Yoon et al. 2013]. A computational model of grid cells based on low-dimensional attractor dynamics has been presented [Guanella et al. 2006]. During this tutorial we will review and implement such model using a simulated agent.

Brain Architecture: DAC and the Cerebellum

Thursday, 3 September, 2015 - 15:30 to 17:30

This tutorial will be address the function of the cerebellum in the acquisition of anticipatory reflexes, such as the conditioned eye-blink reflex, the vestibulo ocular reflex or anticipatory postural adjustments. In the first part of the tutorial I will propose a definition of anticipatory reflexes as reactions to predicted stimuli. In the second part, I will discuss how the olivo-cerebellar system allows blending of anticipatory feed-forward behavior with reactive/feedback one.

Students work on projects

Monday, 7 September, 2015 - 15:30 to Thursday, 10 September, 2015 - 20:00
Tuesday, 8 September, 2015 - 15:30 to Friday, 11 September, 2015 - 20:00
Wednesday, 9 September, 2015 - 15:30 to Saturday, 12 September, 2015 - 20:00
Thursday, 10 September, 2015 - 15:30 to Sunday, 13 September, 2015 - 20:00
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