NE goes computational at ICANN

During the 6-9th of September, Barcelona was home to the 25th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks or ICANN, the annual conference that brings together researchers from two scientific worlds: neurosciences and information sciences. As the scope of the conference is wide, it gathers specialists in Machine Learning algorithms and computational neurosciences, as well as […]

How does a baby’s brain work?

“Will you stay in our lovers’ story If you stay you won’t be sorry ‘Cause we believe in you” Kooks from Hunky Dory – David Bowie – 1971 David Bowie wrote Kooks when he received news of the arrival of his son Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie). I am going to be a father too! […]

Free Will

Next week I will attend a panel about Free Will, in which a group of neuroscientists, physicists and philosophers from Harvard University and MIT will tackle questions like: What is free will? Does it exist? If so, how is it generated? Do animals have free will? How can one make moral decisions without free will?  […]

How to study consciousness in the electric brain?

Last April Starlab kicked-off the H2020 FET Open Luminous[1]. We are very proud to coordinate one of the 11 projects out of 800 selected for funding in last year’s Call of the FET Open[2] program, one of the most competitive programs within the European funding landscape. The project aims to study consciousness by combining the […]

Artificial Neural Networks – The Rosenblatt Perceptron

Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) are machine learning models that have been inspired by the brain functioning. Through my next posts I will try to introduce artificial neural networks in a simple high level way, highlighting its capabilities but also showing its limitations. In this first post, I will introduce the simplest neural network, the Rosenblatt […]

Source localization for EEG and why to work on cortical space

 Electroencephalography allows for the recording of neural activity non-invasively by placing a set of electrodes on the scalp. While the fact that electroencephalography is non-invasive has clear advantages for the monitoring of brain activity in humans, it also comes with its limitations. Neural activity generated by neurons has to propagate through neural tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, […]

So, what is finally an emotion?

We all feel happy when something nice happens in our life, we cry when we lose someone we love, we feel fear when we perceive that our life is in danger. But where do all these processes come from? What happens inside us when we feel this way or another? Emotion is one of the […]