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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 David Lentink

06-03-2012 (42.73 MB)

An expert in aerodynamics and animal locomotion, David Lentink (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) discusses with Tony Prescott the evolution of flight, its dynamics, and the influence of animal size.

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Duration: 37:20 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with Bill Hansson

23-08-2011 (28.25 MB)

Bill Hansson's research focuses on the the theme of olfaction, especially in insects. With Paul Verschure he discusses neural structures, but also the ways flowers have evolved to successfully deceive such olfactory systems.

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Duration: 49:22 m - Filetype: mp3 (80 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with John Doyle

23-08-2011 (34.07 MB)

John Doyle discusses with Paul Verschure control architectures in single cellular organisms. These small systems seem to very successfully combine small-time scale robustness with long term adaptibility.

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Duration: 59:33 m - Filetype: mp3 (80 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with Kathy Rockland

23-08-2011 (44.13 MB)

Kathy Rockland talks with Paul Verschure about cortical organization. Discrepancies between anatomy and funcional structure are discussed, as well as distributive processing.

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Duration: 38:33 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with Michael Arbib

20-10-2010 (35.28 MB)

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Duration: 30:42 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with Terence Deacon

07-10-2010 (61.04 MB)

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Duration: 53:20 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with Adrian Owen

07-10-2010 (45.21 MB)

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Duration: 39:30 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with Alard Roebroeck

07-10-2010 (49.49 MB)

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Duration: 43:07 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with Bjorn Merker

07-10-2010 (46.93 MB)

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Duration: 40:53 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview with John Kubie

07-10-2010 (43.56 MB)

After the speaker's talk at the Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summerschool 2010 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott go deeper into the subjects presented.

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Duration: 37:57 m - Filetype: mp3 (160 kbps 44100 Hz)





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