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Adaptive Brains and Machines


July 26th-28th 2015


Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK


'Adaptive Brains and Machines' is an interdisciplinary conference, hosted by Professor Zoe Kourtzi which will take place at Downing College from July 26th-28th 2015. Registration is FREE and is open now. The meeting brings together experts in Vision, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer Science and Engineering who tackle challenging questions in understanding complex adaptive systems. The meeting aims to encourage interdisciplinary discussions and interactions across fields from human psychology, to neuroscience and robotics. 

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A keynote address by Professor Simon Laughlin will be given on Sunday, July 26th from 4-6pm at the Howard Building in Downing College. It will be followed by a drinks reception and BBQ. The lecture is Free to attend but registration is required. You do not need to attend the whole meeting in order to register for the keynote lecture (select option upon registration).

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Programme at a Glance

Sunday, July 26th

15:30                 Registration, (Howard building drawing room)

16:30-16:30     Opening address by John Mollon (Howard Building Assembly Room)

                           The History of Vision Research in Cambridge

16:30-17:30     Keynote address by Simon Laughlin

                           Adaptation – from neural phenomenon to phenomenal neuron

17:30-19:30     Drinks and BBQ, Fellows’ garden, Downing College


Monday, July 27th

09:00-12:30     Vision Classics and Advances, chaired by Andrew Welchman

08:45-09:15     Refreshments (Howard building drawing room)

09:15-09:20     Welcome from Zoe Kourtzi

09:20-10:00     Brian Rogers, Oxford University

                           Issues and non-issues in 3-D vision

10:00-10:40     Julie Harris, University of St Andrews

                           Counter-shading camouflage: does it really disguise 3D shape?

10:40-11:10     Refreshments (Howard building drawing room)

11:10-11:50     Alan Johnston, University College London

                           Computing global motion from local signals

11:50-12:30     David Burr, University of Florence

Adaptation and prediction in numerosity perception – and possible dysfunction in   autism


12:30-13:30     Lunch (Howard building drawing room)


13:30 -17:30    Vision Development and Learning, chaired by Zoe Kourtzi

13:30-14:10     Lynne Kiorpes, New York University

Neural limitations on the development of visual function: encoding Vs decoding

14:10-14:50     Marko Nardini, Durham University

                           Learning perceptual inference

14:50-15:30     Ilona Kovacs, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary

 Adaptability in atypical human development

15:30-16:00     Refreshments (Howard building drawing room)

16:00-16:40     Barbara Dosher, UC Irvine

                           Perceptual learning and models

16:40-17:20     Dennis Levi, University of Berkeley


17:30 – 18:30  Adaptive Brain Lab visit

19:00                 Pre dinner drinks, Howard building drawing room, Downing College

19:30                 Dinner, The West Lodge and Maitland Room, Downing College

Please note that due to budget constrictions, dinner is for ABC PIs, fellows, speakers  and invited guests only.



Tuesday, July 28th

09:00-12:30     Computational Approaches to Neuroscience, chaired by Andrew Welchman

09:00-09:20     Welcome and refreshments (Howard building drawing room)

09:20-10:00     Daniel Wolpert, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Probabilistic models of sensorimotor control and decision making

10:00-10:40     Paul Bays, University College London

                           Precision and binding in visual working memory

10:40-11:10     Refreshments (Howard building drawing room)

11:10-11:50     Máté Lengyel, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

A Bayesian approach to internal models: of ferret and men

11:50-12:30     Zoubin Ghahramani, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Probabilistic machine learning


12:30-13:30     Lunch (Howard building drawing room)


13:30-17:30: Brain Imaging: Vision and Beyond, chaired by Zoe Kourtzi

13:30-14:10     Denis Schluppeck, University of Nottingham

High-resolution fMRI of human visual & somatosensory cortex at 7 T

14:10-14:50     Tim Andrews, University of York

Low-level image properties of natural images predict topographic patterns of neural response in the ventral visual pathway

14:50-15:30     Serge Dumoulin, Utrecht University

Visual neuroscience: from receptive fields to numerosity and attention

15:30-16:00     Refreshments

16:00-16:40     John Duncan, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge   

                           A core brain system in assembly of cognitive episodes

16:40-17:00     Closing address by Horace Barlow

Is the computational goal of the visual cortex simpler than we thought?


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The Howard Building, Downing College, Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DQ

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European Community Seventh Framework, Marie Curie Action, Initial Training Network.

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Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn or Professor Zoe Kourtzi should you have any queries.

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