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Dickson Prize in Science Lecture
The Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia

Emery N. Brown, Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School and Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
January 31, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Simmons Auditorium A, Floor 1, Tepper Building

Dissecting Neural Circuits for Defensive Behaviors 
Huizhong Tao, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience, University of Southern California
CMU Biological Sciences Seminar Series
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Mellon Institute 348 (Conf Rm) at 4400 Fifth Avenue

Charting the Circuitry of Synapses and Behavior
Scott Soderling, Professor of Cell Biology & Neurobiology, Duke University
October 24, 2018 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room (348)

Carnegie Prize in Mind & Brain Sciences Lecture
Brain-Machine Interfaces: From Basic Science and Engineering to Clinical Trials
Krishna Shenoy, Hong Seh and Vivian W. M. Lim Professor of Engineeering, Stanford
October 18, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Simmons Auditorium A, Tepper Building

Towards a Conscious AI: A Computer Architecture Inspired by Cognitive Neuroscience
Manuel Blum, Bruce Nelson Professor of Computer Science and University Professor, CMU
October 11, 2018: 4:10 p.m., Distinguished Donuts, 4:30 p.m., Lecture
Rashid Auditorium - Gates Hillman 4401

Building a Brain Observatory for Electrophysiology
Josh Siegle, Allen Institute for Brain Science
September 17, 2018 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room (348 MI)

Dynamics of Sensorimotor Neural Circuits During Active Avoidance Behavior
Manuel Castro-Alamancos, Drexel University
September 26, 2018 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room (348 MI)

Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering
The Forum will bring in national leaders to deliver keynote and plenary talks discussing the grand challenges and trends in biomedical engineering, and provide a platform to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations among engineers, scientists and clinicians.
September 21, 2018
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Memory Networks in the Human Brain
Michael Kahana, University of Pennsylvania
September 20, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Mellon Institue Conference Room (MI 328)

Third Annual NeuroHackathon
Bringing the power of machine learning and computer science to decipher brain function.
May 21-22, 2018
Newell Simon 3305
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Understanding the Brain by Building Machines that Generalize Like the Brain
Dileep George, Co-Founder, Vicarious
May 16, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Gates Hillman 8102, CMU

Neural Circuits Underlying Cognitive Function and Dysfunction as They Relate to Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia and Autism
Recent studies indicate that aversive stimulus-driven learning and stress induces distinct plastic changes in distributed amygdala circuits, including those in the extended amygdala. These changes may underlie specific learning processes or behavioral responses.
Bo Li, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
April 26, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Mellon Institute Conference Room (Room 348), CMU

Deep Reinforcement Learning: Recent Advances and Connections with the Brain
BrainHub-Victor Bearg Lecture Series
Timothy Lillicrap, Google DeepMind
April 13, 2018 at 4 p.m.
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, CMU
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Great Minds Don’t Always Think Alike
A deep look at the hidden history of autism and the promise of a future in which everyone is given the support they need to reach their maximum potential
A lecture by Steve Silberman author of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
March 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Porter Hall 100
Book signing to follow.

CMUThink Webinar: Dispelling the Myths of Dyslexia
Presented by Lori Holt, Professor, Psychology, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
February 22, 2018 at noon – 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Webinar
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BrainHub Exchange: Indian Institute of Science and CMU Fellowship Program 
Faculty from IISc’s Center for Brain Research and CMU BrainHub: Sridharan Devarajan (IISc), Byron Yu (CMU), Alison Bart (CMU), Lori Holt (CMU).
Fellows from IISc’s Center for Brain Research: Ajit Ray and Sharmistha Jat
December 12, 2017 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Newell Simon Building, RM 1507

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Beauty
Anjan Chatterjee, M.D., F.A.A.N., The Frank A. and Gwladys H. Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, The University of Pennsylvania
December 1, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
505 Rockwell Hall, Duquesne University
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CMU Biological Sciences Seminar
Erika Holzbaur, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
November 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Mellon Institute Conference Room, CMU
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Google AI/Brain Residency Session
Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
November 17, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
ASA Conference Room 6115, Gates Hillman Center, CMU
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Molecular Imaging of Addictive Disorders
Fifth Annual Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences Lecture
Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
October 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Rashid Auditorium, Gates Hillman Center, CMU

Neural Representations of Natural Self Motion: Implications for Perception & Action
Kathleen Cullen, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
October 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Doherty Hall A302, CMU

Internal models of sensorimotor integration regulate cortical dynamics
Mehrdad Jazayeri, Assistant Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
October 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Scaife Hall 125, CMU

Deep Predictive Learning: A Comprehensive Model of Three Visual Streams
Randy O’Reilly, Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Colorado Boulder
October 12, 2017 at noon
Newell Simon Hall 3305, CMU
Reading and Writing the Neural Code: Challenges at the Interface between Neuroscience & Neurotechnology
Garrett Stanley, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
October 4, 2017 at noon
Gates Hillman 6115, CMU
Neural circuits of dexterity
Adam Hantman, Group Leader, Janelia Farm
Oct. 3, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Mellon Institute Social Room

BrainHub Teen Brain Event
Sponsored by The Heinz Endowments
Beatriz Luna (Pitt), Brian Galla (Pitt), Julie Downs (CMU), Ana Radovic (Children's Hospital) and Walter Smith (Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families)
October 2, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cohon University Center, CMU
Invitation Only. Contact Gerry Balbier for details.

CNBC Colloquium: "Developmental and Evolutionary Building Blocks for the Human Mathematical Mind”
Elizabeth M. Brannon, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The University of Pennsylvania
September 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3, University of Pittsburgh

Selective Attention in the Service of Reinforcement Learning
Yael Niv, Associate Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University 
September 11, 2017 at noon 
336B Baker Hall

Not Just for Kids: A Biological Perspective on Skill Acquisition and the Generation of Long-Term Procedural Memory
Avi Karni, Professor, University of Haifa
July 25, 2017 at noon
Baker Hall 336B, Carnegie Mellon University

International Workshop on Statistical Analysis of Neural Data (SAND8)
May 31 to June 2, 2017
University of Pittsburgh

Emerging Challenges of Brain Science Data (Part of SAND8)
Panelists: Marlene Behrmann (CMU), Emery Brown (MIT/Harvard Medical School), Peter Dayan (Gatsby), Adrienne Fairhall (Univ. of Washington) and Sonja Grun (Juelich, Germany)
May 31, 2017 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
343 Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Open to CMU Computer Science graduate students
May 22-23, 2017
To sign up, contact Gerry Balbier

Neural circuits underlying motor skill learning and execution
Bence Olveczky, Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Center for Brain Science at Harvard University
April 25, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Doherty Hall A302, CMU

Robotics and Synthetic Sensation
April 25, 2017 from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Gates Hillman 8102, CMU

Scientists, Power and the Power of Scientists
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President, European Research Council
April 18, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Rangos 3, Cohon University Center, CMU

Future-proofing our Educational System in a Global Age
President's Distinguished Lecturer Series
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner of Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission
April 17, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Studio Theatre, Cohon University Center, CMU

Computational Mechanics in Traumatic Brain Injury – Linking Emergency Room to Cognitive Deficits
Antoine Jérusalem, University of Oxford
April 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Gates Hillman 4405, CMU

Functional flexibility: Global arousal and regulation of cortical circuits in health and disease
Jessica A. Cardin, Yale University
March 23, 2017 at 4 p.m.
328 Mellon Institute, CMU

A population view of cortical circuits for decision and action
Matthew Kaufman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
March 22, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Third Floor Conference Room, CMU

Panoramic multiphoton views into neural activity during higher visual processing
Spencer L. Smith, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
March 16, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Third Floor Conference Room, CMU
Understanding human haptics by building robotic systems
Victor M. Bearg BrainHub Speaker Series
Gerald E. Loeb, M.D., University of Southern California and SynTouch, Inc.
March 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m., reception to follow
Scott Hall 5201, CMU

Imaging neuronal dynamics during sensory integration in rats
Benjamin Scott, Ph.D., Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University
March 8, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room, CMU

BrainHub Exchange: Deep Learning
Michael J. Tarr, Professor and Head of Psychology Department, CMU
Katerina Fragkiadaki, Assistant Professor, Machine Learning, CMU
Deva Ramanan, Associate Professor, Robotics Institute, CMU
March 3, 2017 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Posner Hall, CMU

Adaptive control of innate reflexes by visual cortex
Baohua Liu, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
March 1, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room, CMU

Motor cortical influence during movement execution
Andrew Miri, Ph.D., Columbia University
February 22, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room, CMU

The cortico-striosomal circuit: a regulator of conflict decision-making with a link to stress-related disorders
Alexander Friedman, Ph.D., MIT
February 15, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room, CMU

The Network Architecture of Human Thought
Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania
February 13, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doherty Hall 1212, CMU

The value of action: dissecting how the brain makes value and movement decisions
Eric Yttri, Ph.D., HHMI Janelia Research Campus
February 8, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room, CMU

The decay of motor adaptation reveals an asymmetry in the stability of motion state-dependent learning
Wilsaan M. Joiner, George Mason University
February 7, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Doherty Hall A302, CMU

Inhibitory shaping of sensory signals during active touch
Jianing Yu, Ph.D., HHMI Janelia Research Campus
February 1, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute Conference Room, CMU

Building and rebuilding neural circuits: Lessons from the olfactory system
Claire Cheetham, CMU
January 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
A219B Langley Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Development of enabling technologies for optical imaging of biological systems
Yongxin Zhao, MIT
January 25, 2017 at noon
Mellon Institute, Third Floor Conference Room, CMU

Does 3D vision in humans rely on 3D reconstructions in the brain?
Andrew Glennerster, University of Reading
January 23, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Newel Simon Hall 1507, CMU

Placebos, expectations, and self-fulfilling prophecies
Tor D. Wager, University of Colorado, Boulder
January 20, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Martin Room 4127 Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh

Probing the structural organization of the brain at the nanoscale using superresolution serial-section reconstruction microscopy
Yari Sigal, Harvard University
January 18, 2017, Mellon Institute, Third Floor Conference Room, CMU