Munich Neuroscience Calendar

Event:

22.01.2019, 14:00 Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience

Event Type: Talk
Speaker: Herbert Jaeger
Institute: Jacobs University Bremen

Title: Controlling and shaping neural dynamics with conceptors

Location:
LMU Biocenter, GSN Seminar room D00.003
GroƟhaderner Str. 2
82152 Martinsried

Host: Andreas Herz
Host Email: herz@bccn-munich.de
Abstract:
The human brain is a dynamical system whose extremely complex sensor-driven neural processes give rise to conceptual, logical-symbolic cognition. Understanding the interplay between nonlinear neural dynamics and concept-level cognition remains a major scientific challenge. Here I propose a mechanism of neurodynamical organization, called conceptors, which unites nonlinear dynamics with basic principles of conceptual abstraction and logic. It becomes possible to learn, store, abstract, focus, morph, generalize, de-noise and recognize a large number of dynamical patterns within a single neural system; novel patterns can be added without interfering with previously acquired ones; neural noise is automatically filtered. Conceptors may help to model how conceptual-level information processing emerges naturally and robustly in neural systems.