January SciBar: Building Brains

Monday 14 January

Understanding the brain remains as one of the great frontiers of science – how does this organ upon which we all so critically depend perform its function as an information processing system?

The SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) platform has been developed to
support real-time modelling of large-scale brain subsystems with the objective of accelerating our understanding of the inner workings of the brain. It incorporates a million ARM processor cores with a bespoke interconnect fabric specifically designed to enable the very high connectivity of biological brains to be modelled. The SpiNNaker platform is openly accessible under the auspices of the EU Flagship Human Brain Project, and is currently being used to support a wide range of neuroscientific research.

The SpiNNaker machine was switched on for the first time in November 2018. Read Steve Furber’s interview in the Independent.

Talk by Steve Furber, Professor of Computer Engineering, School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester

Begins 6.30pm prompt at the Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. All welcome, no charge. Arrive early to be sure of a seat.

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