Brains and Computers

Suitable for:
brain researchers,
general public

Brains and Computers

3rd April 2017
6 to 7:30 pm

Melbourne, Australia

Free, but please register as seats are limited

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At this free public event, two of the world’s leading brain researchers come together to talk about the latest international efforts to understand the human brain.

Christof Koch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and Karlheinz Meier of the European Human Brain Project will discuss how these initiatives combine the power of modern neuroscience with high-performance computing, harnessing the efforts of hundreds of researchers to unravel the mysteries of the brain.

Presentations from Koch and Meier will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. This is your chance to ask the big brain questions.

Brains and Computers is hosted by ABC Radio and TV personality Bernie Hobbs.

This event is brought to you by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.

About the speakers

Professor Koch leads a large scale, 10-year effort to build brain observatories to map, analyse and understand the mouse and human cerebral cortex. His work integrates theoretical, computational and experimental neuroscience. Professor Koch pioneered the scientific study of consciousness with his long-time collaborator, the late Nobel laureate Francis Crick.

Professor Meier is a physicist working on unravelling theoretical principles of brain information processing and transferring them to novel computer architectures. He has led major European initiatives that combine neuroscience with information science. Professor Meier is a co-founder of the European Human Brain Project where he leads the research to create brain-inspired computing paradigms.