WNCG Seminar Series: Coding-Theoretic Questions in Neuroscience

Friday, March 13, 2015
UTA 7.532

The brain is simultaneously a biological object and a computing machine that represents and stores information about the external world, computes with this information, and generates adaptive behaviors in the world. Modern neuroscience is bringing sophisticated tools to observe neural codes. Our actual understanding of these codes is at a nascent stage, and opportunities to understand how the brain codes information and why it does so the way is does, abound. I'll talk about some fascinating neural codes and our work to theoretically analyze these codes. Finally, I'll try to convince you that the brain poses some particularly interesting coding-theoretic questions because all codes must be generated and decoded in a dynamical framework.  


Associate Professor
University of Texas at Austin

Ila Fiete is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Institute for Neuroscience, at UT Austin. She obtained her Ph.D. at Harvard under the guidance of Sebastian Seung at MIT. Her postdoctoral work was at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara, and at Caltech, where she was a Broad Fellow. Ila Fiete is a fellow in the Center for Learning and Memory, a McKnight Scholar, and an ONR Young Investigator. She has been an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and a Searle Scholar.