[Comp-neuro] New book release: "How to build a brain: A neural
architecture for biological cognition"
drasmuss at cs.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jun 24 20:06:58 CEST 2013
We are pleased to announce the release of a new book based on the work
in our lab:
Chris Eliasmith. How to build a brain: A neural architecture for
biological cognition. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2013.
One goal of researchers in neuroscience, psychology, and artificial
intelligence is to build theoretical models that are able to explain the
flexibility and adaptiveness of biological systems. "How to build a
brain" provides a detailed guided exploration of a new cognitive
architecture that takes biological detail seriously, while addressing
cognitive phenomena. Examples of such models are provided, and they are
shown to explain a wide range of data. These models are not introduced
as independent considerations of brain function, but instead integrated
to give rise to what is currently the world's largest functional brain
All of the software used in the book is available for free at
http://www.nengo.ca. The book includes 8 detailed, hands-on tutorials
that exploit this software, providing practical experience with the
concepts and models presented throughout. In addition, all the source
code for this project is available at
https://github.com/ctn-waterloo/nengo_1.4 for those looking to work with
(or contribute to) the development version.
We hope this book will spark some interesting conversations, and eagerly
invite any comments or discussion.
Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience
University of Waterloo
 Eliasmith,C. T.C. Stewart, X. Choo, T. Bekolay, T. DeWolf, Y. Tang,
and D. Rasmussen. A large-scale model of the functioning brain. Science,
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