Seminar - Partha Mitra

photo of Dr. Partha Mitra
February 17, 2020 - 12:00pm
Location: 
601 Fairchild

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Host: Darcy Kelley

Title: Neuroanatomy is Destiny: The Comparative Study of Brain Circuits and Implications for Machine Learning

Abstract: The study of intelligent behavior has traditionally started from a psychological-behavioral perspective. We argue that comparative neuroanatomy, taken together with the analysis of distributed algorithms for machine learning, provides an alternative route: the direct, empirical study of the circuit architectures comprising real and engineered brains. In this talk we will present comparative work analyzing mesoscale circuit anatomy in a rodent (mouse) and a primate (marmoset) brain using the first data set gathered using uniform methods across the two species. In the second part of the talk, theoretical analysis of overparameterized learning algorithms will be used to shed light on the similarities and differences between biological brains and contemporary " engineered brains".

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