[Comp-neuro] 3 Post-doc positions on the relation of information
and causation (Prof. Giulio Tononi)
albantakis at wisc.edu
Tue Oct 8 17:52:19 CEST 2013
Up to 3 postdoctoral positions are available at the center for sleep and
consciousness science in the laboratory of Dr. Giulio Tononi (University
of Wisconsin, Madison), to study the relation of information and
causation within the framework of the integrated information theory of
consciousness (Balduzzi & Tononi, 2008; Tononi, 2012).
Immediate funding is available for a range of projects related to
foundational questions regarding the ontological status of information,
and its relation to causation, emergence, adaptation, evolution, and
consciousness (see detailed scope of work below).
Successful candidates will work at the center for sleep and
consciousness science, dedicated to a broad range of research problems
focused on two neurobiological problems -- the mechanisms and functions
of sleep and the neural substrates of consciousness.
Candidates are expected to have strong training in an analytically
rigorous discipline such as theoretical biology/neuroscience, physics,
mathematics, computer science, or engineering. Experience in information
theory, complex systems, and an interest in the philosophy of
information/causation are a plus. Programming experience is required
(knowledge of MATLAB and/or C++ is of advantage).
Appointments are renewable from year to year for up to 3 years, starting
as soon as possible or until the positions are filled. Post-doc salaries
correspond to the National Institutes of Health National Research
Service Award (NRSA) stipend schedule for postdoc trainees, based on
number of years of postdoctoral experience.
Candidates should send a CV, brief statement of previous research and
future research interests, and email addresses and phone numbers of
three references to: Giulio Tononi, gtononi at wisc.edu.
Balduzzi D, Tononi G (2008) Integrated information in discrete dynamical
systems: motivation and theoretical framework. /PLoS Comput Biol/
Tononi G (2012) Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness: An
Updated Account. /Arch Ital Biol/ 150:56--90.
The scope of work will range from:
-theoretical development and computational implementation of the notion
of intrinsic causal information
-causal analysis, including the systematic use of perturbations,
counterfactuals, and irreducibility
-analysis of complex systems in terms their causal/informational structure
-meaning (understanding and control) from the intrinsic perspective of
-actual causation (causal explanation)
-examining similarities and differences between existing notions of
information and causation (Shannon information, algorithmic
-defining emergence in terms of the spatio-temporal grain size at which
a system of elements achieves a maximum of causal power
-evolutionary/adaptive aspects of information/causation including
simulations based on small adaptive neural networks (animats), which
evolve and adapt to an environment that requires sensitivity to context
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