Convergent Science Network Podcast

de Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Thoughts, discussions, and achievements in neurobiology, biomimetic and biohybrid systems

Episodios

Interview with Viktor Jisra

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Vincent Hayaward

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Stuart Wilson

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Christine Aircadi

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Lars Muckli

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Elena Galea

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Aaron Schurger

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Marco Diana

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Encari Marcos

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Yoram Vodovotz

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Joscha Bach

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Bjorn Merker

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Luis Fuentemilla

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

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Interview with Maarja Kruusma

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Maarja Kruusma (Tallin University of Technology) studies the building of fish, focusing especially on swimming. With Paul Verschure she discusses the importance of morphological details and body control, as well as biomimetical approaches in general.

Interview Paul Verchure

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Tony Prescott interviews Paul Verschure on his theory of the brain and how it has given rise to new hypotheses on the function and mechanisms of conscicousness

Interview Béchir Jarraya and Lynn Uhrig

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Bechir and Uhrig Discuss their work on the mechanisms of consciousness as revealed through anaesthesia.

Interview Daniel Polani

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

We start with the question how evolution can be optimized in the sense that certain sensors would appear favored over others given the niche and phenotype of an organism. The discussion focusses on Daniel’s notion of empowerment which reflects the idea that organisms use their actions to optimize “relevant” information. Daniel describes how this approach is investigated and has given rise to novel algorithms for control. From here Daniel and Paul look at the generalization of these concepts.

Interview Neil Burguess

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Neil Burgess discusses his latest insights in the memory systems of the brain, the hippocampus, including its experimental and theoretical exploration.

Interview Ton Coolen

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Ton Coolen describes the complex network of the immune system and how theoretical models can help us to understand their function in health and disease.

Interview Semir Zeki

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

The discussion kicks off with an analysis of the realities of multi-disciplinary research and its challenges. From there the many aspects of the visual system are analyzed and their specific contribution to the experience of vision inspected. Building on this analysis, Semir and Paul turn to the arts and look at its scientific underpinning and the intuitive understanding of artists of beauty. The dialog ends with broader reflections on podcasts and current affairs.

Interview Giacomo Rizzolatti

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Giacomo Rizzolatti takes us on a tour through his long study of the mirror neuron system of the brain and how it revolutionized the study of mind

Interview Jose Halloy

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

In particular, we look at the theoretical approach that Jose follows to understand behavior of ants and fish. Starting with these models, Jose has now developed a new approach that introduces biomimetic robots in animal collectives creating hybrid populations. The opportunities and challenges of this paradigm are analyzed and we speculate about its broader implications and applications. In particular, we analyze the broader challenges of building models that define life, that can drive synthetic biology and that can guide ethics and policy making.

Interview Francesca Giaccuci

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Francesca Cacucci takes us on a tour of the organization of the memory systems of the brain from cells to circuits and behavior.

Interview Matthew E. Diamond

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Matthew E. Diamond (SISSA, Trieste) discusses the neural correlates of decision making, and his studies of that in both humans and rats.

Interview Aurore Thibault

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Aurore Thibault discusses the state of the art in the science of consciousness

Interview Narender Ramnani

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Narender Ramnani (University of London) studies the cerebellum, and discusses here his view of the functional interactions between that brain area and the neocortical areas of the brain.

Interview Ranulfo Romo

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Ranulfo Romo (University of Mexico) discusses the conscious and unconscious manifestations of decision making in the brain, focusing especially if and how neurons can process more than single sensory modalities.

Interview Stephen Nocter

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Stephen Nocter (UC Davis, California) on the evolution and regulation of neural precursor cells in the developing vertebrate brain. He discusses his work studying the pathways of developing neurons, moving between brain zones.

Interview Bryan Kolb

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Bryan Kolb (University of Lethbridge, Alberta) discusses his study of the influence of changes in stimulation, behaviour and brain circuits on gene expression in the developing brain.

Interview Kate J. Jefferey

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Kate J. Jefferey (University College, London) discusses her work on spatial navigation, focusing on the interaction between place cells, grid cells, and the influence of contextual clues.

Interview John Lisman

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

John Lisman (Brandeis University, Massachusetts) discusses his work on the brain’s navigation coding, arguing how sets of faster oscillations nested in slower cycles may constitute a general communication principle in the brain.

Interview Marc Blumberg

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Marc Blumberg’s (University of Iowa) work focuses on sleep, more specific on the influence of the twitching of muscles on the sensorimotor system.

Interview Edvard Moser

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Edvard Moser (Kavli Institute and Centre for Neural Computation, Norway; Nobel prize 2014) discusses the work of his group, his wife and himself on the brain’s computation of spatial memory.

Interview Gregg Recanzone

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Gregg Recanzone (UC Davis, California) talks about his older work on plasticity in the adult brain. With Paul Verschure and Toby Prescott he discuss how neurons keep adapting to a type of input they are receiving.

Interview Benny Hochner

por Convergent Science Network: by Prof. Paul Verschure

Benny Hochner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) discusses his work on octopi and the way motor control is uniquely organised in their flexible bodies.