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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 Leah Kubitzer


							 Interview with Leah Kubitzer

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

Increasingly complex brains lead to more complex behavior, in which it becomes impossible to assess its functionality by looking at local parts alone. Leah Kubitzer (University of California, Davis, USA) has focused in her research on brain structure complexity, on how it can develop from simpler architectures, how modular structures emerge, and can be compared between species. Manipulation during brain development stages has offered her and her team the opportunity to study the influence on the behavior of animals by changing the number of anatomical parts, the size of cortical fields and connectivity between them. With Tony Prescott and Paul Verschure she discusses her findings, and current developments in a science that in her view desperately needs a larger framework to operate in.

About the lecturer
Leah Krubitzer heads the Laboratory of Evolutionary Neurobiology in the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Krubitzer is also a faculty member of the Department of Psychology at UC Davis.
She takes a broad interest in the function, connectivity, development, and evolution of complex nervous systems, like the primate somatosensory system, and the evolution of complex brains in mammals.

Categories | Brain evolution and development | | Neuroscience


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