[Comp-neuro] Announcement: Online Seminar Series on Consciousness
Xerxes D. Arsiwalla
x.d.arsiwalla at gmail.com
Sun May 3 16:03:25 CEST 2020
Dear Comp-Neuro Community,
Hope you are all doing well in these difficult times! This is to announce a
new online seminar series on consciousness that will include regular weekly
or bi-weekly talks until the end of 2020 by well known researchers in the
As in the previous years, part of the seminar will be devoted to discussing
new ideas, visions and recent results. This time, we would like to put more
emphasis on critically assessing the use of mathematics in studying
consciousness. How exactly do mathematical approaches integrate with and
depend on neuroscientific and philosophical research? Do they allow to go
beyond what non-formal approaches can do? If so, how?
To answer these and similar questions, we will host talks, discussion
sessions, background lectures and tutorials. Our overall goals in doing so
- To review the various mathematical approaches that are being used in
- To discuss the underlying visions and the current progress of each.
- To assess the merits and drawbacks of the mathematical method as a
whole in this context.
- To develop a rigorous understanding of how precisely mathematics can
be used to address the problem of consciousness.
- To identify key questions that a mathematical science of consciousness
- To help establish a comprehensive methodology of mathematical
consciousness research, which is intimately tied to both empirical and
conceptual research in neuroscience, philosophy and related disciplines.
A partial and developing list of confirmed speakers include:
Karl Friston, University College London
David Balduzzi, DeepMind Google
Chen Song, Cardiff University
Anil Seth, Sackler Center for Consciousness Science, Sussex
Ryota Kanai, Araya Artificial Intelligence, Tokyo
Jenann Ismael, Columbia University in New York
Jennifer Windt, Monash University
Erik Hoel, Allen Discovery Centre
Andrew Haun, Center for Sleep and Consciousness, UW-Madison
Rafi Malach, Weizmann Institute of Science
Catherine Tallon-Baundry, École normale supérieure
Nao Tsuchiya, Consciousness tLab, Melbourne
Liad Mudrik, Tel Aviv University
William Seager, University of Toronto
Selen Atasoy, University of Oxford
Jeffrey Yoshimi, University of California Merced
As in the previous events, we hope to create an open-minded and
non-dogmatic atmosphere. This is one reason why we would like to cordially
invite you all to join the seminar. To do so, simply visit the seminar's
website (https://seminar.math-consciousness.org), click on the tab "Join"
and follow the explanations there. Further information about the seminar is
given in the tab "Details" and will be announced to those who have joined
We hope to see many of you online in the next couple of months!
Johannes Kleiner (Munich)
Joanna Szczotka (Sussex and Krakow)
Xerxes D. Arsiwalla (Barcelona)
Sean Tull (Oxford)
Robin Lorenz (Oxford)
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