Convergent Science Network Podcast

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Welcome to the Convergent Science Network Podcast! 

During the BCBT Summerschools (2010 , 2011 and 2012) 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.

Download Interview with David Lentink  06-03-2012 (42.73 MB)

Interview with David Lentink

  • 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.

Download Interview with Bill Hansson  23-08-2011 (28.25 MB)

Interview with Bill Hansson

  • 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.

Download Interview with John Doyle  23-08-2011 (34.07 MB)

Interview with John Doyle

  • 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.

Download Interview with Kathy Rockland  23-08-2011 (44.13 MB)

Interview with Kathy Rockland

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

Download Interview with Michael Arbib  20-10-2010 (35.28 MB)

Interview with Michael Arbib

  • 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.

Download Interview with Terence Deacon  07-10-2010 (61.04 MB)

Interview with Terence Deacon

  • 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.

Download Interview with Adrian Owen  07-10-2010 (45.21 MB)

Interview with Adrian Owen

  • 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.

Download Interview with Alard Roebroeck  07-10-2010 (49.49 MB)

Interview with Alard Roebroeck

  • 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.

Download Interview with Bjorn Merker  07-10-2010 (46.93 MB)

Interview with Bjorn Merker

  • 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.

Download Interview with John Kubie  07-10-2010 (43.56 MB)

Interview with John Kubie

  • 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.

Download Interview with Leah Kubitzer  07-10-2010 (39.31 MB)

Interview with Leah Kubitzer

  • 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.

Download Interview with Marcello Massimini  07-10-2010 (44.17 MB)

Interview with Marcello Massimini

  • 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.

Download Interview with Matthew Botvinick  07-10-2010 (58.16 MB)

Interview with Matthew Botvinick

  • 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.

Download Interview with Mehrav Ahissar  07-10-2010 (66.12 MB)

Interview with Mehrav Ahissar

  • 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.

Download Interview with Melanie Boly  07-10-2010 (33.27 MB)

Interview with Melanie Boly

  • 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.

Download Interview with Olaf Sporns  06-10-2010 (37.6 MB)

Interview with Olaf Sporns

  • 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.

Download Interview with Partha Mitra  06-10-2010 (46.78 MB)

Interview with Partha Mitra

  • 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.

Download Interview with Ricardo Sanz  06-10-2010 (36.73 MB)

Interview with Ricardo Sanz

  • 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.

Download Interview with Sam Wang  06-10-2010 (37.53 MB)

Interview with Sam Wang

  • 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.

Download Interview with Victor Lamme  06-10-2010 (38.98 MB)

Interview with Victor Lamme

  • 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.

Download Interview with Xiao-Jing Wang  06-10-2010 (49.99 MB)

Interview with Xiao-Jing Wang

  • 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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