Nengo Summer School 2017 on the Horizon

The CNRG lab is gearing up for this year's Nengo Summer School (AKA Brain Camp). This is an intensive two-week project-based workshop that brings researchers from around the globe together to learn about and build neural models with Nengo. The activities begin on June 4th, 2017. A sample from last year's event can be seen in this video.

CNRG at CogSci 2016 in Philadelphia

An excellent turnout this year from the CNRG at the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Ivana Kajic presented an approach towards cognitively realistic representations of word associations using the Remote Associates Task. [Paper]

Peter Blouw presented a scalable model of action planning capable of performing the correct sequence of actions in a simulated environment to solve a particular task. [Paper]

Sean Aubin gave a presentation on a model of mathematical development (from a counting based strategy for addition to a recall based strategy) replicating human data in terms of accuracy and reaction times. This paper also received the prize for best applied cognition paper. Congratulations! [Paper]

Sugandha Sharma presented a poster for a model of context dependent decision making in the prefrontal cortex. The model closely matched both behavioural and neural data obtained from monkeys performing a context sensitive perceptual decision making task. [Paper]

International Conference on Cognitive Modeling 2016

A small contingent of the CNRG presented their work at ICCM this year.

Peter Duggins gave a talk on the effects of drugs (Guanfacine and Phenylephrine) on a spiking neuron model of working memory. [Paper]

Terry Stewart coauthored a paper with Michael Vertolli on a spiking neural model of supervised learning for auditory localization in barn owls. [Paper]

Congratulations to Peter Duggins for winning the Allen Newell Award for best student-led paper!

Chris Eliasmith at TPL Cutting Edge

Chris recently paid a visit to the Toronto Public Library, where he talked about recent advances in modeling the connection between biology and cognition using the semantic pointer architecture, and Spaun in particular.

This was the inaugural lecture for the Krembil Foundation Cutting Edge series, focused on health and technology. Chris' talk, as well as the interview and audience questions, can be seen in full here.