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 Matthew E. Diamond

29-09-2015

Matthew E. Diamond (SISSA, Trieste) discusses the neural correlates of decision making, and his studies of that in both humans and rats.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 187.25MB - Duration: 1:21:44 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Stephen Nocter

28-09-2015

Stephen Nocter (UC Davis, California) on the evolution and regulation of neural precursor cells in the developing vertebrate brain. He discusses his work studying the pathways of developing neurons, moving between brain zones.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 124.89MB - Duration: 54:30 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Ranulfo Romo

28-09-2015

Ranulfo Romo (University of Mexico) discusses the conscious and unconscious manifestations of decision making in the brain, focusing especially if and how neurons can process more than single sensory modalities.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 154.74MB - Duration: 1:07:32 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Narender Ramnani

28-09-2015

Narender Ramnani (University of London) studies the cerebellum, and discusses here his view of the functional interactions between that brain area and the neocortical areas of the brain.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 160.61MB - Duration: 1:10:06 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Marc Blumberg

28-09-2015

Marc Blumberg’s (University of Iowa) work focuses on sleep, more specific on the influence of the twitching of muscles on the sensorimotor system.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 169.33MB - Duration: 1:13:55 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Kate J. Jefferey

28-09-2015

Kate J. Jefferey (University College, London) discusses her work on spatial navigation, focusing on the interaction between place cells, grid cells, and the influence of contextual clues.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 175.87MB - Duration: 1:16:46 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview John Lisman

28-09-2015

John Lisman (Brandeis University, Massachusetts) discusses his work on the brain’s navigation coding, arguing how sets of faster oscillations nested in slower cycles may constitute a general communication principle in the brain.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 117.1MB - Duration: 1:03:52 m (256 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Gregg Recanzone

28-09-2015

Gregg Recanzone (UC Davis, California) talks about his older work on plasticity in the adult brain. With Paul Verschure and Toby Prescott he discuss how neurons keep adapting to a type of input they are receiving.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 152.3MB - Duration: 1:06:28 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Edvard Moser

28-09-2015

Edvard Moser (Kavli Institute and Centre for Neural Computation, Norway; Nobel prize 2014) discusses the work of his group, his wife and himself on the brain’s computation of spatial memory.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 137.86MB - Duration: 1:00:10 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Bryan Kolb

28-09-2015

Bryan Kolb (University of Lethbridge, Alberta) discusses his study of the influence of changes in stimulation, behaviour and brain circuits on gene expression in the developing brain.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 156.86MB - Duration: 1:08:28 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Benny Hochner

28-09-2015

Benny Hochner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) discusses his work on octopi and the way motor control is uniquely organised in their flexible bodies.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 161.05MB - Duration: 1:10:18 m (320 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Barbara Finlay

28-09-2015

Barbara Finlay (Cornell University, New York) focuses on causal relations between brain structure and an animal’s evolutionarily differentiated behaviour. She discusses the ways brains do change, but in a quite constraint fashion.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 135.74MB - Duration: 1:14:03 m (256 kbps 44100 Hz)




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)




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