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, 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 Randall D Beer

21-01-2015

Randall D Beer (Indiana University, Bloomington) discusses the use of dynamical systems theory as a mathematical 'lens' or language to study the brain and its processes. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 96.03MB - Duration: 1:09:55 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Zoltán Monár

14-10-2014

Zoltán Monár (Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford) discusses his work on the development of the brain. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 85.64MB - Duration: 1:02:21 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Yaki Setty

14-10-2014

Yaki Setty (Computational Systems Biology, Max Planck Institute, Saarbrücken) discusses his work on the modeling of neurogenesis and related developmental processes. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 79.46MB - Duration: 57:52 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Stefano Ferraina

14-10-2014

Stefano Ferraina (Physiology, Sapienza University, Rome) discusses his work on primate decision making and inference. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 88.15MB - Duration: 1:04:11 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Murray Shanahan

14-10-2014

Murray Shanahan (Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London) discusses his work on the dynamics of cortical networks and their non-linear properties. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 58.41MB - Duration: 42:32 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Jon Kaas (2014)

14-10-2014

Jon Kaas (Vanderbilt University, Nashville) discusses his view on the evolution of brains from early mammals to humans. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 89.5MB - Duration: 1:05:10 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Henry Kennedy

14-10-2014

Henry Kennedy (Stem-Cell and Brain Research Institute, Lyon) discusses his work on the anatomical structure of the primate cortex. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 70.36MB - Duration: 51:14 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Gary Marcus

14-10-2014

Gary Marcus (NYU Center for Language and Music, New York) discusses his criticism of the current views of cortical organization and his proposal on an alternative perspective. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 86.4MB - Duration: 1:02:55 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Dorothy Fragaszy

14-10-2014

Dorothy Fragaszy (Primate Behavior Laboratory, University of Georgia) discusses her work on tool use in non-human primates. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 83.3MB - Duration: 1:00:39 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview David Redish

14-10-2014

David Redish (Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, ) discusses his work on the neuronal substrate of spatial navigation, memory and regret. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 138.61MB - Duration: 1:40:56 m (192 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview Danielle Stolzenberg

14-10-2014

Danielle Stolzenberg (University of California, Davis) discusses her work on innate behaviors and their genetic and neuronal regulation in the hypothalamus. Interviewed by Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 85.76MB - Duration: 1:02:27 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Gary Hesslow

14-10-2014

Germund Hesslow (Lund University) discusses with Paul Verschure the role of the cerebellum in the animal brain. Behavioral learning, prediction and the neural substrate underlying these functions are discussed with a focus on Classical Conditioning.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 58.82MB - Duration: 1:04:15 m (128 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview with Tim Pierce

18-10-2013

Tim Pierce (University of Leicester), discusses with Paul Verschure the topic of animal olfaction and the its neural substrate in order to develop computational approaches able to validate empirical findings and to lead to a tangible technological outcome

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 91.4MB - Duration: 1:39:50 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Marc Toussaint

18-10-2013

Marc Toussaint (University of Stuttgart), interviewed by Paul Verschure, presents his computational approach to planning and optimal control introducing an hypothesis on how neural systems might solve stochastic optimal control and RL problems.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 71.82MB - Duration: 52:18 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Cyriel Pennartz

18-10-2013

Cyriel Pennartz (University of Amsterdam), interviewed by Paul Verschure, focuses on the role of pre-frontal cortex in associative learning and reward prediction coding and its possible interactions with other brain areas like hippocampus and striatum.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 82.48MB - Duration: 1:12:04 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Paul Verschure

18-10-2013

Paul Verschure (Pompeu Fabra University), interviewed by Tony Prescott and Tim Pierce, presents his theory of consciousness and its evolution, suggesting how it could be computationally explained within a biologically grounded cognitive architecture.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 72.33MB - Duration: 52:40 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Etienne Koechlin

18-10-2013

Etienne Koechlin (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) discusses with Paul Verschure the functional organization of the human prefrontal-cortex function underpinning reasoning, learning and exploration in the service of decision-making and adaptive behavior.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 94.57MB - Duration: 1:43:17 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Eberhard Fetz

18-10-2013

Eberhard Fetz (University of Washington, Seattle) discusses with Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott the neural substrate of action coding in the light of the experimental results obtained from an autonomous implantable recurrent brain-computer interface.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 78.72MB - Duration: 1:25:59 m (128 kbps 48000 Hz)




Interview with Aldo Genovesio

17-10-2013

Aldo Genovesio (Università Sapienza di Roma), discusses with Paul Verschure, the role of primates pre-frontal cortex in decision making and action planning, encoding error, past-action outcome and goal directed behavior.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 92.75MB - Duration: 1:07:32 m (192 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview with Alex Kacelnik

17-10-2013

Alex Kacelnik (Oxford University) together with Paul Verschure and Tony Prescott elaborates on animal cognition addressing tool use habits of birds from an evolutionary perspective and discussing topics like learning and problem solving.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 90.37MB - Duration: 1:18:58 m (160 kbps 44100 Hz)




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