Mapping a Bird’s Brain Would Take Many Google Earths

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/03/16/Mapping_the_Brain_and_Neural_Architectures

Richard Hahnloser describes a significant obstacle to reconstructing neural networks of the brain. To map out the connections in a one millimeter sphere of a brain would require more data than it would take to draw every square inch of the planet in Google Earth.


With the Neural Architectures exhibition as a backdrop, the Brain and Mind series continues as two scientists examine brain mapping and connectome research — the effort to build comprehensive graphics of neural connections. – Swissnex San Francisco

Professor Richard Hahnloser heads the Birdsong Research Group at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Neuroinformatics. He is also Dean of the joint master’s degree program in Neural Systems and Computation, offered in collaboration with the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty at the University of Zurich and by the Department of Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). This program is an interdisciplinary research platform that offers theoretical and laboratory training in neural computation and systems neuroscience. Hahnloser earned his Ph.D. at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at ETH Zurich in 1999 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Seung Lab) at MIT and the Biological Computation Research group at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs.



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