All talks take place on Thursdays at 13:00, unless otherwise stated.

Forthcoming Online Seminars

4 March 2021 | 13:00
Felix Hill, Senior Research Scientist at DeepMind, London, UK
A Developmental Pathway to Human-Like Intelligence in Machines

18 March 2021 | 13:00
Zhaoping Li, Head of Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany

22 April 2021 | 13:00
Adam Kortylewski, Postgraduate Researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

13 May 2021 | 13:00
Roland Fleming,  Kurt Koffka Professor of Experimental Psychology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

9 September 2021
Philip Kellman, UCLA Human Perception Lab. University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Past Seminars

3rd December 2020 | 13:15
Blake Richards, Learning in Neural Circuits Laboratory (Linc Lab), Mila and McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Learning from Unexpected Events in the Neocortical Microcircuit

5 November 2020 | 16:00  [Please note unusual time]
Dileep George, Co-Founder of Vicarious AI, San Francisco, USA
Triangulating General Intelligence, Cognition, and Cortical Microcircuits

8 October 2020 | 13:00
Felix Wichmann, Neural Information Processing, University of Tübingen, Germany
Object Recognition in Man and Machine

17 September 2020
Konrad Körding, University of Pennsylvania
An Optimization Based Way of Thinking About Brains

23 July 2020 at 13:00 
Brenden Lake, Human & Machine Learning Lab and CILVR Lab  (New York University, USA)
Compositional Generalization in Minds and Machines

2nd July 2020 at 13:00 
Tim Kietzmann, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (Radboud University, The Netherlands).
Deep Neural Networks as a Framework for Understanding the Dynamic Computations of the Human Visual System

11 June 2020 at 13:00  
Thomas Serre, Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences Department, Carney Institute for Brain Science, Brown University
Feedforward and Feedback Processes in Visual Recognition

28 May 2020 at 13:00  
Adrien Doerig, Psychophysics Laboratory, Brain Mind Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Crowding, Neural Networks and the Architecture of the Visual System

14 May 2020 at 12:30 (Online Seminar – note unusual time)
Guillermo Puebla, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol
Learning Programs from Rewards with Relational Reinforcement Learning

Michael Herzog, Psychophysics Laboratory, Brain Mind Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

30 April 2020 – Postponed
Jean-Rémi King (Facebook AI Research, CNRS)

23 April 2020 – Postponed
Emmanuel Dupoux, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and Facebook AI Research.

16 April 2020 – Postponed
James V Stones (University of Sheffield, UK)
Are Neurons Efficient?

2 April 2020 – Postponed
Peter Flach (Computer Science,  University of Bristol, UK)

12 March 2020
Leonidas Doumas (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, Edinburgh, UK)
Cross-Domain Transfer in Humans and Machines

27 February 2020
Cian O’Donnell (Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience, Computer Science,  Bristol, UK)
Neural Circuit Redundancy, Stability, and Variability in Developmental Brain Disorders

20 February 2020
Jessica Hamrick (DeepMind, London, UK)
Mental Simulation, Imagination, and Model-Based Deep RL

12 December 2019
Nina Kazanina, School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol, UK
Language in the Mind and Machine

14 November 2019 – at 13:30
Chris Summerfield | Human Information Processing Lab, Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, UK
Neoconnectionism: Deep Learning Models of Cognitive Function

24 October 2019 
Charles Leek | Institute of Life and Human Sciences, School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, UK
What do Deep Neural Networks Tell us about Biological Vision?

10 October 2019
Dima Damen, Visual Information Lab, Computer Science, University of Bristol, UK
A Fine-grained Perspective onto Object Interactions

3 October 2019
Francis Song, DeepMind, London, UK
Deep Neural Networks Are Like The Brain, Except When They Aren’t

19 June 2019 (Wednesday) – Note unusual day
Marco Baroni, Research Scientist at Facebook Artificial Intelligence (FAIR) Paris, and Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Barcelona
The Emergence of a Grammatical Subsystem in Neural Language Models

[Joint work with: Yair Lakretz, Dieuwke Hupkes, Theo Desbordes, Germán Kruszewski and Stan Dehaene]

6 June 2019
Ella Gale | Research Associate | Psychological Science | University of Bristol, UK
Adding Structural Awareness to Deep Neural Networks Using Clusterflow Allows us to Defeat Adversarial Images and Solve Relational Problems

23 May 2019
Bradley C. Love,  Prof of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, Experimental Psychology, UCL, UK
Levels of Representation in a Deep Learning Model of Categorisation

9 May 2019
Andrew Saxe, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Experimental Psychology, Oxford University
A Mathematical Theory of Semantic Development in Deep Neural Networks

25 April 2019 | 14:00 – [Please note unusual time]
Nathan Lepora, Tactile Robotics Research Group at  Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol
Biomimetics and AI for Dexterous Robots

28 March 2019
Irina Higgins, Senior Research Scientist, Google DeepMind, London, UK
What is Disentangling and does Intelligence do it?

14 March 2019
Rui Ponte Costa, Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
Powerful Learning via Cortical Microcircuits

28 February 2019
Conor Houghton,  Computer Science, University of Bristol
A Kozachenko-Leonenko Estimator for Mutual Information on Metric Spaces

14 February 2019
Ryan Blything, Research Associate, Psychological Science, University of Bristol, UK
Generalisation in Visual Object Recognition: A Comparison of Performance in Humans and Neural Networks

31st January 2019
Robert M. French, Research Director, CNRS, Université de Bourgogne, France
Understanding the Dynamics of Analogy-Making: New Analytical Techniques from Eye-Tracking

17 January 2019
Jeff Mitchell, Senior Research Associate, Psychological Science, University of Bristol, UK
Generalisation in Natural Language Processing

6 December 2018
Colin Davis | Psychological Science | University of Bristol, UK
What is the Code that Readers Use to Represent Printed Words?

22 November 2018
Hans Op de Beeck | Group leader of Human Brain Imaging and Rodent Visual Cognition | Laboratory of Biological Psychology | KU Leuven | Belgium
The Human Visual System is not a General Purpose Object Recognition Machine: Evidence from Neuroimaging and Artificial Neural Networks

1st November 2018
Ella Gale | Research Associate | Psychological Science | University of Bristol
Selectivity Metrics can Overestimate the Selectivity of Units: A Case Study on AlexNet

18 October 2018
Peter Battaglia | Senior Research Scientist | Google DeepMind | London
Object-Oriented Intelligence

4 October 2018
Roland Baddeley |  Psychological Science | University of Bristol
A Theory of How Deep Neural Networks Work Based on Symmetry and Non-commutative Bayesian Inference

27 September 2018
Alex Graves | Research Scientist | Google DeepMind | London
Computing with Neural Networks

5 July 2018
Simon Stringer, Director | Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory | Department of Experimental Psychology | University of Oxford
Feature Binding within a Spiking Neural Network Model of the Primate Ventral Visual Pathway

14 June 2018
Venue | 10 Priory Road, G2
Ari Morcos | DeepMind | London
Towards an Understanding of Representational Structure in Deep Neural Networks

Friday 18 May 2018
Simon Thorpe  | Director of the CerCo UMR 5549 (CNRS-UT3)
Grandmother Cells and Spiking Neural Networks

Wednesday 16 May 2018
Venue |  2D1 Priory Road Complex, 12a Priory RD
John E. Hummel | University of Illinois
Different Algorithms for Associative and Relational Learning