Core Principles of the Design and Operation of the Brain  

March 14,  2013

Abstract:

With 50 million neurons (processing elements) and several hundred kilometers of axons (wires) terminating in almost one trillion synapses (connections) for every cubic centimeter, and consuming only about 12 watts energy for the entire cortex, the brain is arguably one of the most complex and densely packed, yet highly efficient information processing systems known.  It is also the seat of sensory perception, motor coordination, memory, and the ability to communicate with others ? in short, what makes us humans to humans. In this talk I will present a variety of results from neuroimaging and neurorobotics investigating the core principles of the design and operation of the brain