UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


UCL NeuroAI Talk Series | Kimberly Stachenfeld

17 March 2021, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm


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Sabrina Moxom – SLMS Research Coordination Office

NeuroAI is a series of themed talks organised by the UCL NeuroAI community. This month's speaker is Kimberly Stachenfeld (DeepMind).

About NeuroAI

The last decade has seen phenomenal advances in the field of machine learning (AI) (e.g. deep learning, reinforcement learning). Such is the change that no area of science can afford to ignore it, least of all neuroscience.

Crucially, AI shares a common lineage with neuroscience, and provides a means to emulate neural functions and the circuits supporting them, delivering a normative understanding of the brain and cognition (e.g. Banino et al., 2018; Stringer et al. 2019; Dabney et al., 2020).

Equally AI tools provide a means to discover, segment, and track distinct neural and behavioural states (e.g. Mathis et al., 2018; Frey et al., 2019) - yielding more efficient experiments and accelerating the pace of discovery. In turn, this understanding feeds back into the design of more effective AI architectures and models (e.g. Sabour et al., 2017; Stringer et al, 2019, Dabney et al., 2020).

Essentially, AI problems posed in neuroscience both require and inspire further advances in AI.

About the Speaker

Kimberly Stachenfeld

Research Scientist at DeepMind

I am a research scientist on DeepMind‘s Neuroscience team. My main focus is on representations to support efficient reinforcement learning and planning. I work on both neuroscience and machine learning problems in that space.

Research interests include hippocampus + entorhinal cortex, reinforcement learning (deep or otherwise), efficient representations for reinforcement learning, and on good days, fMRI.

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