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Learning Robots: A Small Step For You But A Large Step For Neuroscience!

November 22, 2013
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

The Robotics and Automation / Instrumentation and Measurement Society Joint Chapter of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section wish to invite you to the following presentation.

Title of Talk: Learning Robots: A Small Step For You But A Large Step For Neuroscience!
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Trappenberg
Time: 5:30pm, Friday, November 22nd, 2013 (light dinner provided)
Place: Dalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Room C365 • Halifax • NS • Canada
Cost: Free to IEEE members
$3 for non-IEEE members
RSVP: Please notify (Chair / IEEE Robotics and Automation Society – Halifax Chapter) if you plan to attend

About the talk:

The discipline of machine learning is experiencing a resurgence of activity. New data collection techniques and advances in probabilistic approaches have facilitated real-world applications for machine learning. Certain challenges for robots operating in dynamic environments have met with success through the use of machine learning.

The presentation outlines ventures into robotics with the motivation of greater understanding into brain processes. Neuroscience has made considerable progress through imaging techniques that inspired promising theories on brain functions. Robots are an interesting platform to: test if these theories provide viable solutions to real problems; illuminate gaps, and glean insight into how the brain processes information. Examples will be presented of such robotics applications and the relationship drawn between dynamical neural fields and noisy state estimation and Bayes filters.

The presentation should be of special interest to those in electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, computer science, and neuroscience.

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