Anjan Chatterjee Department of Neurology   Hidden brain responses to the aesthetics of people and places   Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall 260, 3730 Walnut St.   Each year, the CNS Public Talk Series highlights an issue or theme. The 2019-2020 theme is Penn Research on Neuroscience and Society. We are featuring faculty from four of […]

Nick Bellono Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Harvard University   Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Unique Sensory System Adaptations   Sensory systems often show enhanced rates of adaptation or evolutionary drift compared with other systems, reflecting an organism’s need to adapt to a specific ecological niche. Indeed, highly specialized structures have evolved to detect a diverse […]

Timothy Lillicrap Google DeepMind   Reward functions and the nature of explanation for intelligent neural systems   The field of reinforcement learning has made astonishing progress by incorporating deep function approximators and adapting existing algorithms to work with them. Human-level performance has been obtained in a wide range of domains such as Atari, Go, Chess, […]