Convergent Science Network Podcast

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Welcome to the Convergent Science Network Podcast! 

During the BCBT Summerschools (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) hosting professors Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott interviewed several speakers after their lectures. Interviews are also conducted on other occasions with various scientist in converging fields.

About the hostsPaul Verschure is ICREA Professor at SPECS, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Tony Prescott is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Sheffield.

The Convergent Science Network of biomimetic and biohybrid systems (CSN, www.csnetwork.eu) is a coordination action for the development of future real-world technologies. CSN is supported through the Future and Emerging Technology programs (FET) of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) work programme of Framework Programme 7 of the European Commission.

Audio (post-)production: Sytse Wierenga. Podcast site: Alberto Betella.

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

We can learn a lot from brains and bodies when making machines and robots. But reversely, building complex machine systems can also give ideas about how brains and bodies have implemented their functioning over the evolution of ages. This podcast discusses various themes and aspects in-between robotics, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, biology, and technology.

Interview with Maarja Kruusma

05-04-2018


							 Interview with Maarja Kruusma

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 65.27MB - Duration: 56:47 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Paul Verchure

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 176.34MB - Duration: 1:31:14 m (270 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Béchir Jarraya and Lynn Uhrig

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 135.62MB - Duration: 1:15:16 m (252 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Daniel Polani

05-04-2018

We discuss the question of how biological and artificial systems can explore and find information relative to their goals. In response, Daniel explains his notion of "Empowerment".

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 174.97MB - Duration: 1:36:16 m (254 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Neil Burguess

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 153.63MB - Duration: 1:21:49 m (263 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Ton Coolen

05-04-2018

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 106MB - Duration: 1:00:38 m (244 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Semir Zeki

05-04-2018

Semir Zeki speaks on the visual system of the human brain and how it can give rise to aesthetic experiences.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 164.64MB - Duration: 1:30:07 m (255 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Giacomo Rizzolatti

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 118.61MB - Duration: 1:02:57 m (263 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Jose Halloy

05-04-2018

Jose Halloy speaks on his experiments where he used robots to investigate the collective behavior of animals.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 148.89MB - Duration: 1:24:17 m (247 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Francesca Giaccuci

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 66.62MB - Duration: 36:06 m (258 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Matthew E. Diamond

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 187.25MB - Duration: 1:21:44 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Aurore Thibault

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 66.85MB - Duration: 36:01 m (259 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Narender Ramnani

05-04-2018

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.

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Interview Ranulfo Romo

05-04-2018

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 154.74MB - Duration: 1:07:32 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Stephen Nocter

05-04-2018

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 124.89MB - Duration: 54:30 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Bryan Kolb

05-04-2018

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 156.86MB - Duration: 1:08:28 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Kate J. Jefferey

05-04-2018

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 175.87MB - Duration: 1:16:46 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview John Lisman

05-04-2018

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 117.1MB - Duration: 1:03:52 m (256 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Marc Blumberg

05-04-2018

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

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 169.33MB - Duration: 1:13:55 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Edvard Moser

05-04-2018

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.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 137.86MB - Duration: 1:00:10 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




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