UTCS Colloquia/AI -Michael Mauk/The University of Texas at Austin, "Computer simulation of the cerebelllum", WEL 2.302

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Feb 17, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm

Type of Talk: UTCS Colloquia/AI

Speaker/Affiliation: Micha

el Mauk/The University of Texas at Austin

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty

, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students and Outside Interested Parties

Date/Time: February 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Location: WEL 2.308

n
Host: Peter Stone

Talk Title: Computer simulation of the cerebelll

um

Abstract:
I will describe our ongoing efforts to understand the c

erebellum well enough to replicate its function with a bottom-up, biologic

ally-constrained computer simulation. I''ll describe the factors that make

the cerebellum especially amenable to this approach. These factors enable a

n especially tight integration of simulation and experiment. I''ll use sele

ct experiments to illustrate what the cerebellum computes and some of what

we know about how it computes.

Bio:
Mike Mauk is a Professor in the

Center for Learning and Memory and the Section of Neurobiology at the Unive

rsity of Texas at Austin. He received a BS in psychology in 1979 and a PhD

in 1985 from Stanford University based on work identifying brain pathways i

nvolved in learning. After postdoctoral training at Stanford Medical School

, he joined the faculty of the UT-Houston Medical School in 1988. At UT-Ho

uston Mike was promoted to associate professor in 1996, to full professor

in 2001 and in 2004 was named the William M. Wheless III Professor of Biome

dical Sciences. He came to UT-Austin in 2007. Mike is internationally known
for his work on the brain mechanisms of learning, particularly for pionee

ring use of computer simulations to study the brain.