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, 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 John Kubie


							 Interview with John Kubie

This post-lecture interview was conducted during the BCBT Summerschool held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, september 2010. 

Place cells, head direction cells, and grid cells have been found and studied in the hippocampus during the past decades. John Kubie (SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA) is one of the early group of scientists who focused specifically on this brain area, and gives a brief history of the work he and others did on place cells. In Kubie's view, these cells hold information about certain places in an environment, as well as probably a sense of which environment an animal finds itself in, and what actions are appropriate given it. Together with Paul Verschure he discusses the build up of allocentric and egocentric models, navigation and path integration, and the role of sensory information in it.

About the lecturer

Associate Professor at the Department of Cell Biology of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, NY. USA. The Analysis of Hippocampal Place Cells is the principal focus of his investigation. A central question is how populations of cells contribute to an animal's perception of space.

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