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AI and Neuroscience Summer School in Massachussetts, USA

The Center for Brains, Minds and Machines will be hosting the second Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, in Woods Hole, MA.

Brains, Minds and Machines
Course Date: August 13 – September 3, 2015
Application Deadline: March 5, 2015 
Directors: Gabriel Kreiman, Harvard University; and Tomaso Poggio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (L. Mahadevan, Harvard University, honorary director)

The problem of intelligence – how the brain produces intelligent behavior and how we may be able to replicate intelligence in machines – is arguably the greatest problem in science and technology. To solve it we will need to understand how human intelligence emerges from computation in neural circuits, with rigor sufficient to reproduce similar intelligent behavior in machines. Success in this endeavor ultimately will enable us to understand ourselves better, to produce smarter machines, and perhaps even to make ourselves smarter. Today’s AI technologies, such as Watson and Siri, are impressive, but their domain specificity and reliance on vast numbers of labeled examples are obvious limitations; few view this as brain-like or human intelligence. The synergistic combination of cognitive science, neurobiology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science holds the promise to build much more robust and sophisticated algorithms implemented in intelligent machines. The goal of this course is to help produce a community of leaders that is equally knowledgeable in neuroscience, cognitive science, and computer science.

The first half of the course will focus on the intersection between biological and computational aspects of learning and vision. The second half will focus on high-level social cognition and artificial intelligence, as well as audition, speech and language processing.

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Comment by Raffaello Camoriano on February 27, 2015 at 5:37am

Some updates:

  • Deadline extended to March 16, 2015
  • The School will also feature:
  • All local costs of participating in this course (tuition, MBL room & board) are provided by an NSF Science and Technology Center award to the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, Grant No. CCF-1231216. Limited travel reimbursement may be available for admitted students. Students are asked to retain all travel receipts so you may submit an MBL travel reimbursement form.


Comment by Raffaello Camoriano on February 18, 2015 at 3:15pm

Definitely. And he also keeps ties with Genova via IIT and UNIGE, as Principal Investigator at LCSL. See @LAbNewz and

Comment by paolo marenco on February 18, 2015 at 2:03am

Cool topic thanks Raffaello. I know Tommy Poggio...great researcher from Genova in MIT






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