HBP International Conference 2018 : Understanding Consciousness, Barcelona

External Event - 21st to 22nd Jun 2018

How does our subjective experience emerge from the brain? How does consciousness relate to the physical world? These age-old, deep questions are now at last being addressed directly and broadly by neuroscience and will become crucial in the decades to come.

The spectrum of consciousness-related conundrums is rapidly expanding: we are saving islands of human brain from devastating injuries, growing cerebral organoids in a vat, and building intelligent machines that perform faster and better than any healthy subject, just to mention a few.

Where does consciousness arise? Where is the boundary between insentient matter and a spark of subjectivity? Society needs to be scientifically and culturally prepared to face these emerging questions.

To do so, an approach with the broadest scope is needed: diverse theoretical frameworks, brain anatomy, physiology, and chemistry across scales and species, detailed and large-scale computer simulations, deep learning, neuromorphic computing, robotics, clinical neurology, anaesthesiology, psychology, behavioural, computational, and philosophical analysis must interact and blend on a single infrastructure.

These ingredients are naturally present in the Human Brain Project, and this workshop, stirred by world-leading scholars in the field, is where they come together for the first time in this multidisciplinary setting.

Take advantage of the early registration fee and save up to €30 till May 3rd 2018! To register please click here


Thursday, June 21

09.00-09.20 Welcome /Intro
Johan Storm (Chair): Intro/overview: consciousness & HBP
09.20-13.00 Fundamental aspects, including theories of consciousness
  Moderators: Johan Storm & Kathinka Evers
  09.20 Kathinka Evers
  09.50 Ned Block
  10.20 David Chalmers
  10.50 Coffee break
  11.10 Larissa Albantakis
  11.40 Jean-Pierre Changeux (HBP)
  12.10-13.00 Discussion
13.00-14.00 Lunch & Posters
14.00-14.40 Integrated consciousness research in HBP
Marcello Massimini
15.00-18.00 Neurobiological mechanisms and correlates of consciousness
  Moderators: Marcello Massimi & Mavi Sánchez
  15.00 Cyriel Pennartz
  15.30 Catherine Tallon-Baudry
  16.00 Wolf Singer
  16.30 Coffee break + exhibit/demo
  17.00 Nao Tsuchiya
  17.30 Rodolfo Llinas
  18.00-18.50 Discussion
18.50-19.50 Flash talks by young HBP researchers
20.30 Buffet-dinner

Friday, June 22

09.00-12.30 Models, simulations, and emulation of consciousness
  Moderators: Cyriel Pennartz & Alain Destexhe
  09.00 Alain Destexhe
  09.25 Pieter R. Roelfsema
  09.50 Karl Friston
  10.20 Coffee break
  10.40 Sean Hill
  11.10 Fabrice Wendling
  11.40-12.30 Discussion
12.30-13.00 Flash talks by young researchers
13.00-14.00 Lunch & posters
+ exhibit/demo + ROBOT presentations by Tony Prescott/Martin Pearson
14.00-17.40 Clinical, ethical, and societal implications of consciousness research
  Moderators: Steven Laureys & Olivia Gosseries
  14.00 Olivia Gosseries
  14.30 Niko Schiff
  15.00 Emery Brown
  15.30 Coffee break + exhibit/demo
  15.50 Melanie Wilke
  16.20 Olaf Blanke
  16.50-17.40 Discussion
17.40–18.40 Roundtable discussion
18.40-19.10 Press conference
19.30–20.15 Public lecture HBP member

For more information on this conference please visit http://hbp-ic.com/

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