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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 Giacomo Rizzolatti

23-01-2018

Giacomo Rizzolatti takes us on a tour through his long study of the mirror neuron system of the brain and how it revolutionized the study of mind

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 118.61MB - Duration: 1:02:57 m (263 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Béchir Jarraya and Lynn Uhrig

23-01-2018

Bechir and Uhrig discuss their work on the mechanisms of consciousness as revealed through anaesthesia.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 135.62MB - Duration: 1:15:16 m (252 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Aurore Thibault

23-01-2018

Aurore Thibault discusses the state of the art in the science of consciousness

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 66.85MB - Duration: 36:01 m (259 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Ton Coolen

12-09-2017

Ton Coolen describes the complex network of the immune system and how theoretical models can help us to understand their function in health and disease.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 106MB - Duration: 1:00:38 m (244 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Neil Burguess

12-09-2017

Neil Burgess discusses his latest insights in the memory systems of the brain, the hippocampus, including its experimental and theoretical exploration.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 153.63MB - Duration: 1:21:49 m (263 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Paul Verchure

12-09-2017

Tony Prescott interviews Paul Verschure on his theory of the brain and how it has given rise to new hypotheses on the function and mechanisms of conscicousness

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 176.34MB - Duration: 1:31:14 m (270 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Francesca Giaccuci

12-09-2017

Francesca Cacucci takes us on a tour of the organization of the memory systems of the brain from cells to circuits and behavior.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 66.62MB - Duration: 36:06 m (258 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Daniel Polani

08-09-2016

We discuss the question of how biological and artificial systems can explore and find information relative to their goals. In response, Daniel explains his notion of "Empowerment".

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 174.97MB - Duration: 1:36:16 m (254 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Jose Halloy

07-09-2016

Jose Halloy speaks on his experiments where he used robots to investigate the collective behavior of animals.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 148.89MB - Duration: 1:24:17 m (247 kbps 44100 Hz)




Interview Semir Zeki

05-09-2016

Semir Zeki speaks on the visual system of the human brain and how it can give rise to aesthetic experiences.

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Filetype: MP3 - Size: 164.64MB - Duration: 1:30:07 m (255 kbps 44100 Hz)




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)




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