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The self-assembling brain: how neural networks grow smarter

Join Peter Robin Hiesinger as he explores what neurobiology and artificial intelligence tell us about how the brain builds itself.

Event description

Neurobiologists and computer scientists are trying to discover how neural networks become a brain. Will nature give us the answer, or is it all up to an artificial intelligence to work it out?

Join Peter Robin Hiesinger as he explores if the biological brain is just messy hardware which scientists can improve upon by running learning algorithms on computers.

In this talk, Robin will discuss these intertwining topics from both perspectives, including the shared history of neurobiology and Artificial Intelligence.


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About the speaker

Peter Robin Hiesinger is professor of neurobiology at the Institute for Biology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Robin did his undergraduate and graduate studies in genetics, computational biology and philosophy at the University of Freiburg in Germany. He then did his postdoc at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and was Assistant Professor and Associate Professor with tenure for more than 8 years at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After 15 years in Texas and a life with no fast food, no TV, no gun and no right to vote, he is currently bewildered by his new home, Berlin, Germany.

Robin's latest book, 'The Self-Assembling Brain: How Neural Networks Grow Smarter', is available on Amazon and in all good bookstores.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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