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 Zoltán Monár

14-10-2014 (85.64 MB)

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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Duration: 1:02:21 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview Yaki Setty

14-10-2014 (79.46 MB)

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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Duration: 57:52 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview Stefano Ferraina

14-10-2014 (88.15 MB)

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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Duration: 1:04:11 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview Murray Shanahan

14-10-2014 (58.41 MB)

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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Duration: 42:32 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview Jon Kaas (2014)

14-10-2014 (89.5 MB)

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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Duration: 1:05:10 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 44100 Hz)





Interview Henry Kennedy

14-10-2014 (70.36 MB)

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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Duration: 51:14 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview Gary Marcus

14-10-2014 (86.4 MB)

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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Duration: 1:02:55 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview Dorothy Fragaszy

14-10-2014 (83.3 MB)

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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Duration: 1:00:39 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview David Redish

14-10-2014 (138.61 MB)

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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Duration: 1:40:56 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 48000 Hz)





Interview Danielle Stolzenberg

14-10-2014 (85.76 MB)

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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Duration: 1:02:27 m - Filetype: mp3 (192 kbps 44100 Hz)





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