UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


UCL NeuroAI Talk Series | Dr Will de Cothi

17 November 2021, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm


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Sabrina Moxom – SLMS Research Coordination Office

About the event

NeuroAI is a series of themed talks organised by the UCL NeuroAI community. This month's speaker is Dr Will de Cothi (University College London).

Talk title: 'Learning predictive maps in the brain for spatial navigation'

All other upcoming talks can be found here.

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

Dr Will de Cothi

Research Fellow at University College London

I'm a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Caswell Barry at UCL's Cell and Developmental Biology department.

My research focuses on using machine learning and computational modelling to help understand the brain and behaviour.

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