Georgetown professor breaks down the brain

Maximilian Riesenhuber, a professor of Neuroscience at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., spoke about hierarchical processing involved in object recognition and deep learning in the brain as well as their implications for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology on Sept. 25 in Krieger Hall. During his talk, Riesenhuber discussed his research involving the neural mechanisms underlying object recognition as well as combining computational modeling with human behavioral electroencephalograms and functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments. He outlined experiments involving the recognition of words by shape rather than spelling and the brain’s hierarchical processing from object-tuned units to task units. Understanding these natural mechanisms, he believes, could help improve AIsystems in engineering, as they lagged behind the brain in flexibility and robustness. The News-Letter had the opportunity to interview Riesenhuber after…

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