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.

Perception

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Download Interview with Peter Gärdenfors  13-12-2012 (95.79 MB)

Interview with Peter Gärdenfors

  • Peter Gärdenfors (Lund University) discusses with Paul Verschure how the mind can represent knowledge. He introduces a cognitive theory of conceptual spaces, built from dimensions derived from perception, action, and social grounding in society.

Download Interview with Nick Strausfeld  10-12-2012 (66.97 MB)

Interview with Nick Strausfeld

  • Nick Strausfeld's interest (University of Arizona, Tucson) lies in evolution and comparative neurobiology. With Paul & Tony he discusses how common denominators of insect brains lead us to find core system architectures.

Download Interview with Moshe Bar  10-12-2012 (90.23 MB)

Interview with Moshe Bar

  • Moshe Bar (Harvard Medical School, Charlestown) argues for a cognitive model that blends expectation (top-down) and sensation (bottom-up) processing. With Paul Verschure he discusses also imagination, meditation, and depression treatment in this context.

Download Interview with Mandyam Srinivasan  10-12-2012 (88.29 MB)

Interview with Mandyam Srinivasan

  • Mandyam Srinivasan's research (University of Queensland, Brisbane) centers on vision and cognition of flying insects, especially bees. He discusses it with Paul Verschure and special guest Partha Mitra (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York).

Download Interview with Dmitri B. Chklovskii  10-12-2012 (74.45 MB)

Interview with Dmitri B. Chklovskii

  • Dmitri B. Chklovskii (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) discusses the idea of the brain as an adaptive filter, and what theoretical and experimental implications this approach entails.

Download Interview with Dana Ballard  10-12-2012 (89.17 MB)

Interview with Dana Ballard

  • Dana Ballard (University of Texas, Austin) argues that vision is agenda-driven, rather than saliency-driven alone. With Paul Verschure he discusses how the idea of gathering and integrating information quanta into a mental scene applies to a wider model.

Download Interview with Andy Phillipides  09-03-2012 (31.84 MB)

Interview with Andy Phillipides

  • Andy Philipides (University of Sussex, UK) studies insect navigation, as e.g. ants do. With Tony Prescott he discusses the importance of studying real ants in natural environments next to lab modeling, and themes like path integration and visual memory.

Download Interview with Kevin O'Regan  07-03-2012 (87.14 MB)

Interview with Kevin O'Regan

  • Kevin O'Regan (Université Paris Descartes, France) theorizes building robots that can feel. Passing topics like sensory presence and sensorimotor laws, he and Paul Verschure reach the boundaries of what it means to 'feel'.

Download Interview with Mitra Hartmann  07-03-2012 (19.54 MB)

Interview with Mitra Hartmann

  • Mitra Hartmann (Northwestern University, USA) researches perception, particularly 'active sensing'. With Tony Prescott, a colleague in the field, she discusses what can be learnt from exploratory behavior like whisking, including behavior and biology.

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.

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