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The Master Puppeteer: How the Brain Controls the Body

We are delighted that Cambridge Neuroscientist Professor Daniel Wolpert, Department of Engineering, will be delivering the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, 2010 public evening lecture to coincide with Brain Awareness Week and the Cambridge Science Festival. All welcome to attend, registration is not required for this public lecture although please arrive early to guarantee a seat. Suitable for all those over 12 years old!

Professor Daniel Wolpert
The Master Puppeteer: How the Brain Controls the Body
19th March, 18.00 – 19.00, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museum Site, Cambridge.

The effortless ease with which humans move-our arms, our eyes, even our lips when we speak-masks the true complexity of the processes involved. This is evident when we try to build machines to perform human tasks. While computers can now  beat grand-masters at chess, no computer can yet control a robot to  manipulate a chess piece with the dexterity of a six-year-old child.  How the brain is able to learn to generate such skillful movement is one of the most intriguing questions in neuroscience and the focus of Professor Daniel Wolpert's lecture.

Professor Daniel Wolpert read medical sciences at Cambridge and clinical medicine at Oxford before completing a PhD in the Physiology Department at Oxford. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT in Boston, before moving to the Institute of Neurology, UCL. In 2005 he took up the post of Professor of Engineering for the Life Sciences at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of Trinity College. His research interests are computational and experimental approaches to understand how humans learn skilled movements. (

Wine reception and discussion to follow the lecture

Cambridge Neuroscience Daniel Wolpert

Map showing Babbage Lecture Theatre location

Cambridge Science Festival

Posted on 18/03/2010

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