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 Marcello Massimini


							 Interview with Marcello Massimini

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

A brain that produces consciousness most probably is a complex brain. But how can you quantify the assessment of such a statement, how can you measure complexity in structure and activity? Marcello Massimini (University of Milan, Italy) assesses the brain as a structure that is integrated, and at the same time differentiated. Together with Paul Verschure he discusses the possibilities and limitations of measurement techniques like TMS, EEG, and fMRI, as well as the meaningfulness of the data these techniques can produce. He presents a pragmatical approach, a rough appraisal of a brain's dynamical state, rather than an assessment of from what kind of activity consciousness does emerge.

About the lecturer
Marcello Massimini is professor in neurophysiology at the University of Milan. He has performed in vivo intracellular recordings to study the mechanisms of sleep slow oscillations (Mircea Steriade's lab, Laval University, Canada) and has accumulated a vast experience in human basic and clinical electrophysiology (evoked potentials, polysomnography and hd-EEG during wakefulness and sleep). During the last two years Dr. Massimini has been testing the first commercially available TMS/EEG system (Nexstim. Ltd.) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison with Prof. Giulio Tononi.

Categories | | Neuroimaging and data processing | Neuroscience


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