Welcome to the Convergent Science Network Podcast!
During the BCBT Summerschools (2010 , 2011 and 2012) hosting professors Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott interviewed several of the speakers after their lectures. But also on other occasions interviews with various scientist in converging fields are conducted.
About the hosts: Paul 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.
Duration: 40:53 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 160 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ
Interview with Bjorn Merker
This post-lecture interview was conducted during the BCBT Summerschool held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, september 2010.
Somehow, when we turn our head we know that the world stands still, and it is us who turn our visual perception of it. But what brain structures are precisely involved in such complex understanding? Brain anatomist Björn Merker discusses his studies of the multi-modal sensori-motor system, and the possible brain structures and mappings that facilitate control over it. He introduces his idea of a multiple, convergent funnel structure, and discusses with Paul Verschure the notion of some functional 'bubble' that produces a best estimate for both sensory and motor sides, within the time window of an eye's saccade.
About the lecturer
Björn Merker lives in Sweden and has published several papers and books both autonomously, and affiliated to academic institutes like the Royal University College of Music. Stockholm, and the Institute for Biomusicology at Mid Sweden University, Östersund. He is known in the field as a strong advocate of a neural architecture producing consciousness in other areas than the thalamo-cortical one (the forebrain). Besides the neural substrate of consciousness, his interest are in the biological basis of music in humans and other primates, large scale neuronal theories of brain function, and countercurrent modeling of cortical memory.
Keywords: interview, science, neuroscience, cognition