Symposium "From Cortical Microcircuits to Consciousness" (CORTICON)
The Symposium: From Cortical Microcircuits to Consciousness aims at bringing together the Human Brain Project’s neuroscientists and invited guests to present their latest achievements in understanding neurocircuit dynamics at microscales, meso- and macro-scales, including the emergence of consciousness. Theories of consciousness will be reviewed and challenged by new findings from brain circuits and behavior. The involvement of neuronal and neuroglial cells in brain functioning, memory, learning, cognition and consciousness in health and disease will be discussed from the experimental and theoretical perspective.
The Symposium will offer a hands-on session on The Virtual Brain, the platform of EBRAINS for constructing and simulating personalised brain network models. EBRAINS is the European research infrastructure for gathering, processing and simulating brain data.
Finally, the Symposium will address the recent advances in neuroethics and neurophilosophy in neuroscience research and society.
Registration are OPEN as well as a call for POSTER ABSTRACT submission.
Please note that only accepted forms of payment will be debit/credit card and CNRS internal purchase order.
See latest updated program on the event page on the Human Brain Project website: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/education/corticon/
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE & ORGANISERS
Walter Senn | University of Bern (Human Brain Project)
Aušra Saudargien | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (External partner)
Alain Destexhe | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Viktor Jirsa | Aix-Marseille University
Michele Migliore | Italian National Research Council
Marja-Leena Linne| Tampere University
Katrin Amunts | Human Brain Project Scientific Research Director
Melanie Boly | University of Wisconsin, USA
Stanislas Dehaene | Collège de France
Alain Destexhe | Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Kathinka Evers | Uppsala University, Sweden
Wulfram Gerstner | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Jeanette Hellgren-Kotaleski | KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Viktor Jirsa | Aix-Marseille University, France
Christof Koch | Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, USA
Matthew Larkum | Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Marja-Leena Linne | Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Marcello Massimini | University of Milan, Italy
Lucia Melloni | Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Germany
Michele Migliore | Institute of Biophysics, Italian National Research Council, Italy
Lars Muckli | University of Glasgow, UK
Theofanis Panagiotaropoulos | Inserm, NeuroSpin, France
Cyriel Pennartz | University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Panayiota Poirazi | IMBB-FORTH, Greece
Petra Ritter | Berlin Institute of Health, Germany
Pieter Roelfsema | Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Netherlands
Ausra Saudargiene | Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
Walter Senn | University of Bern, Switzerland
Johan Storm | Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway
Chris Summerfield | University of Oxford, UK
Marmaduke Woodman | Aix-Marseille University, France
Workshop & Public lecture on "Brain, AI, and Society"
Workshop & public lecture on "AI, the Brain and Society".
EITN is co-organizing a workshop and public lecture on "Brain, AI, and Society".
Organizers: Boris Gutkin, Adrienne Fairhall, and Alain Destexhe.
The workshop is set to take place as an internal community event from 19 to 20 April 2022 at IEA, 17 Quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris.
The corresponding public lecture will be open to everyone upon registration, and will take place on 19 April 2022 at a location to be announced.
A two day workshop on AI, the Brain and Society at the Paris Institute of Advanced Studies (Quai d’Anjou, Ile St Louis) on April 19 and 20 will bring together scientists, engineers, philosophers and ethicists to discuss how brain science is impacting the development of AI, what AI has to tell us about the brain, and how AI advances will influence society, our interactions with one another and with our devices. The workshop will include around 70 people, including researchers, technologists and students from the Paris area as well as international invited speakers. The meeting will focus primarily on open discussion in panels.
We hope that the meeting will result in a novel Perspectives style piece that we can work on collectively.
Current speakers include:
- Yoshua Bengio, MILA, Montreal
- One of the founders of Deep Learning, author of the Montreal Declaration on AI.
- Yann LeCun, Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research, Paris and NYU
- One of the founders of Deep Learning, lead researcher at Facebook.
- Blaise Aguera y Arcas, VP Fellow, Google Research, Seattle.
- Leads development team on privacy-preserving AI and federated learning
- Kathinka Evers, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University
- Professor of philosophy. Neuroethics lead in the Human Brain Project
- Golnoosh Farnadi, HEC Montreal
- Professor of machine learning with a focus on AI ethics and fair decision making
- Catherine Tallon-Baudry, ENS Paris
- Neuroscientist, specialist in brain-visceral coupling in humans and their contribution to the biological basis of consciousness
- Antonio Damasio, USC.
- Renowned neuroscientist with a focus on emotion and decision making, author of “Descartes’ Error”
- Ida Mommenajad, Microsoft Research, Montreal.
- Researcher of cognitive models of reinforcement learning
- Laurence Devillers, LIMSI-CNRS, DATAIA Institute, Paris
- Professor of artificial intelligence and AI ethics
- Elizabeth Buffalo, University of Washington
- Neuroscientist, representations of memory and cognition in primates
- Gloria Origgi, ENS, Paris
- Philosopher of mind, researcher into trust in the internet age, author of the recent book “Reputation”
- Stefano Palminteri, ENS, Paris
- Cognitive scientist, models of reinforcement learning and human behavior
Connected with the meeting, we plan a public event on the evening of 20th April with industry and academic leaders in AI, Yoshua Bengio (MILA Montreal), Yann LeCun (Facebook AI Research) and Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Google Research) to discuss the state and trajectory of artificial intelligence, and how we can manage the ethical and societal consequences of these developments.
Artificial intelligence technologies are becoming increasingly powerful and pervasive. How can we ensure that these developments move us in a direction that is positive for humanity? This panel event is an opportunity to hear from and pose questions to technologists in leadership roles at Google, Facebook and at the academic/industry interface. Moderated by Kathinka Evers, lead neuroethicist at the Human Brain Project, the goal is to generate a dialogue between the public and leaders in the AI community.
A conversation with:
- Yann LeCun (Facebook),
- Yoshua Bengio (Mila Quebec)
- Blaise Agüera y Arcas (Google Research)
Discussion moderated by neuroethicist and philosopher of mind Kathinka Evers (Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, at Uppsala University).
Free but registration is mandatory.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/293261642467
With the support of :
- NSF ACCELNET International Network for Bio-Inspired Computing (IN-BIC)
- UW Computational Neuroscience Center (UW-CNC).
- iBRAIN ERASMUS+ CBHE
- European Institute for Theroretical Neuroscience (EITN)
- The Human Brain Project
- Université Paris-Saclay
- Group for Neural Theory from the Département d'Etudes Cognitives (NT-DEC) of ENS
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Institut des Etudes Avancées (IEA)
Horizontal Connectivity Think-Tank Workshop
Horizontal Connectivity Think-Tank Workshop
Oct 10-11, 2022.
Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (NeuroPSI), Saclay
Organized by Fred Chavane (CNRS, Marseille), Diego Contreras (U Penn, Philadelphia), Alain Destexhe (CNRS, Paris-Saclay), Yves Fregnac (CNRS, Paris-Saclay), and the European Institute of Theoretical Neuroscience (EITN).
Attendance is free but registration is mandadory due to limited seats.
This workshop will be in a "think-tank" mode, with each speaker showing 3 slides maximum, and a large time devoted to discussions. We will examine the impact of horizontal connectivity in different brain areas such as visual cortex, somatosensory cortex and other brain regions. What is the role of horizontal connections ? How they mediate measurable phenomena like propagating waves ? What is their impact on establishing the selectivity of neurons and on sensory processing in general ? What is their role in neuronal computations ?
The discussion will be based on back-and-forth interactions between experiments and theoretical models, mostly centered on four thematic sessions, as outlined in the program below.
DAY 1: Monday Oct. 10
SESSION 1 - 10:am - 1:00pm (CHAIR: Yves Fregnac)
- Horizontal vs Laminar vs WhiteMatter interactions
Speakers: Alain Destexhe, Diego Contreras, Frédéric Chavane, Timo van Kerkoerle, Cyril Monier
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch
SESSION 2 - 2:30pm - 6:00pm (CHAIR: Diego Contreras)
- Functional implications
Speakers: Timo van Kerkoerle, Frédéric Chavane, Valerie Ego-Stengel, Laura Dugué, Jan Antolik, Anna Letizia Allegra Mascaro.
DAY 2 - Tuesday Oct 11
SESSION 3 - 9:30am - 12:30am (CHAIR: Frédéric Chavane)
- Computational approaches
Speakers: Laura Dugué, Laurent Perrinet (remote), Jan Antolik, Yves Fregnac, Alain Destexhe
Lunch: 12:30am - 1:30pm
SESSION 4 - 1:30am - 4:30 (CHAIR: Alain Destexhe)
- Future experiments
Speakers: Ben Scholl (remote), Anton Dogadov, Diego Contreras, Frédéric Chavane, Anna Letizia Allegra Mascaro
4h30pm: EBRAINS IMPLEMENTATION, models with horizontal connections, propagating waves in the visual cortex. by Arnau Manasanch (remote)