A simple model of the brain provides new directions for AI research

Google Research held an online workshop on the conceptual understanding of deep learning. The workshop discussed how new findings in deep learning and neuroscience can help create better artificial intelligence systems. Christos Papadimitriou discussed how our growing understanding of information-processing mechanisms in the brain might help create algorithms that are more robust in understanding and engaging in conversations. Papadimitriou presented a simple and efficient model that explains how different areas of the brain inter-communicate to solve cognitive problems.

Discovering How The Brain Works Through Computation

A team led by professor Christos Papadimitriou proposes a new computational system to expand the understanding of the brain at an intermediate level, between neurons and cognitive phenomena such as language.

Elegantly Complex

Researchers from around the country gathered at Columbia Engineering this past weekend for a three-day event honoring four decades of ground-breaking research by Prof. Christos Papadimitriou. The conference, which organizers dubbed “PapaFest,” included individual speakers, panel discussions, social events, and even a rock band.