The first Brainpolyphony concert

Last December the 10th in Barcelona we were happy to present the first  Brainpolyphony Orchestra Concert. Brainpolyphony is a project born thanks to the collaboration of CRG, University of Barcelona and Starlab with the goal of giving voice, or in this case music, to people with severe communication difficulties. Patients with neurological diseases such as […]

NYC Neuromodulation 2017

During January 13-15th 2017, New York was home to the third NYC Neuromodulation conference focused on technology and mechanisms for brain stimulation in areas that include transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), deep brain stimulation (DBS), and other emerging areas. The conference took place […]

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 […]