15th Annual MBCT Symposium - Metaplasticity and Metalearning in Brains and Machines

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
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9:00am to 4:00pm PDT
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Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
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The Center for Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology's 15th Annual Symposium brings speakers from across the world to share their research on meta-plasticity and meta-learning. 

The brain's function is powerfully shaped by experience. During the last several decades, there has been considerable progress in understanding experience-dependent changes in many of the brain's functions, from the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity to its function in learning, as well as the role of deficits in synaptic plasticity to a wide array of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

This symposium will examine the higher-level and less studied phenomena of meta-plasticity and meta-learning with a focus on the question: How does experience shape the rules governing synaptic plasticity and learning? 

Our speakers are conducting pioneering research on the biological underpinnings of metaplasticity and its impact on circuit function, behavior, and computation. Throughout the symposium, participants will consider how neurobiological studies can inform and be guided by ideas from machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and how new technologies emerging now may further propel their studies in the coming years.


Join us for this event on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 9:00am - 4:00pm 

This year's event will be held in hybrid format - in person and virtually via zoom. 

Registration required - Register here! 

Registration closes on Monday, May 8, 2023. 


Featuring the following distinguished speakers:

  • Jane Wang, DeepMind, London 

  • Michael J. Frank, Brown University

  • Mark Bear, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Jennifer Raymond, Stanford University

Symposium Agenda

9:00 - 9:15        Welcome & Introduction  9:15 - 10:00      Jane Wang, PhD - Deepmind, London 10:00 - 10:15    Coffee break  10:15 - 11:00    Michael J. Frank, PhD - Brown University 11:00 - 11:15    Coffee break  11:15 - 12:00    Mark Bear, PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology 12:00 - 1:00      Lunch  -  will be provided for all registered in-person attendees  1:00 - 1:45        Jennifer Raymond, PhD - Stanford University  1:45 - 2:25        Speakers Engage in Final Panel Discussion 2:25 - 2:30       Closing Remarks  2:30 - 4:00       Reception

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