News and Events
CoMPLEX Seminar Series: Prof Mikko Juusola
On the 24th February 2015, Prof Mikko Juusola will be giving a talk entitled 'How to Sample a Reliable Neural Estimate of the Variable World'. The talk will take place at 4pm in Medawar G01 Lankester Lecture Theatre, UCL. Everyone is welcome to attend. More information on the talk can be found here
Postgraduate Open Day 2015
Come along to the UCL Postgraduate Open Day for Engineering and Mathematics & Physical Sciences for an opportunity to talk to staff and students of CoMPLEX, a tour of the facilities and further information about UCL. For more information and to register to attend please visit the open day home page here
Applications for 2015/16 entry are now open
International students wishing to apply for funding via the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) must submit an application by January 16th 2015.
Details of how to apply can be found on the 'Prospective Students' page
Professor John O'Keefe wins Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
CoMPLEX supervisor, John O'Keefe has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an 'inner GPS' - that enables us to orient ourselves.
10 October 2014
A range of events take place at CoMPLEX, some open to the wider UCL audience, some designed specifically for the students - all aim to explore and engender discussion around a wide breadth of research.
Come along to the UCL Postgraduate Open Day for Engineering and Mathematics & Physical Sciences for an opportunity to talk to staff and students of CoMPLEX, a tour of the facilities and further information about UCL. For further information and to register to attend please visit here
CoMPLEX Seminar Series
We periodically host invited seminars by upcoming and established researchers visiting us at UCL. Everyone is welcome to attend. The first seminar of 2014/15 took place on Tuesday 21st October.
On the 24th February 2015, Prof Mikko Juusola will be giving a talk entitled 'How to Sample a Reliable Neural Estimate of the Variable World'. The talk will take place at 4pm in Medawar G01 Lankester Lecture Theatre, UCL.
How to sample a reliable neural estimate of the variable world?
The world is variable and dynamic. Its matter/energy is clustered into changing structures and events encompassing macro- and micro-scales. The central problem facing all animals is how to best sample a reliable estimate of the world, when the estimation itself is limited by variations in their neural machineries and by uncertainty of their surroundings. New results suggest that rather than working against variability, evolution works with it, giving rise to reliable and robust information sampling and representation in the nervous tissue. Photoreceptors sample visual information stochastically and weight it against fluctuating responses of their neighbours. Such anti-aliased sampling improves neural estimates of intensity changes in image pixels. Visual interneurones further adaptively sample and integrate synaptic information of photoreceptors to improve their estimates of the structure of the world. I will present new evidence for the hypothesis that variability in animals’ sensory systems is less noise and more a part of a solution to sample reliable estimates of the variable world.
If you are interested in Prof Juusola's work and would like the opportunity to meet with him prior to the talk please get in touch with Zhuoyi Song (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Join us to hear Dr Nick Jones talk about Mitochondrial Variability at 4pm on 21st October 2014.
The talk will take place in Darwin Room B15, UCL, Gower Street.
We typically consider evolution as occurring between successive generations; in this talk I will discuss evidence for genetic selection occurring during an individual's lifetime and in an organ-specific fashion. This selection is on mitochondrial DNA species: I will connect this bioenergetic variability to other work investigating fluctuations in single-cell fate and to so-called three parent babies.
There will be an opportunity to talk to Dr Jones prior to the talk from noon onwards and after the event all are welcome for a drink at the Jeremy Bentham pub, 31 University Street, WC1E 6JL
The CoMPLEX Annual Conference 2014 was called Modelling: Big Data and Society and took place on Friday 30th May.
Previous themes include:
- Inter-Disciplinary Inter-Doctoral Training Centre (id2) student-led conference
- Evolutionary Ecology
- Networks: From Genes to Cities
- The Limits of Perception: Challenges for Biological Imaging
- Evolution and Development
Details of the CoMPLEX Annual Conference 2015 will be released soon.
Club CoMPLEX is a bimonthly departmental get together, with the aim to encourage inter-year relations and general Science discussion. Past events have included science-themed quizzes, debates, postdoctoral careers advice, a hackathon and student talks, all in an informal and friendly environment.
Vision@UCL aims to bring together the diverse groups working on vision at UCL. It is generously sponsored by CoMPLEX, UCL's Centre for Mathematics, Physics and Engineering in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology. Please email Lewis Griffin, email@example.com, to join the mailing list.
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