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1 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 1 Michigan State University Obama’s Brain Initiative and Multidisciplinary Education Juyang (John) Weng Computer Sci., Neurosci., Cognitive Sci. Michigan State University East Lansing, MI USA

2 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 2 Michigan State University Brain Initiatives l 4/2/2013 Obama announced his brain initiative l To get a dynamic picture of the brain l To better understand how we think, learn and remember l $100M/year plus $94M/year from private partners l EU has announced the Human Brain Project l China is preparing its own brain project

3 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 3 Michigan State University The US President and BRAIN l Obama : l “This is a Nation of dreamers and risk-takers.” l “We do not just track the best scientists and entrepreneurs” l “We have not unlocked the mystery of 3 pounds of matter that sits between our ears” l “Better understand how we think, how we learn, and how we remember.” l “Presumably we life would be simpler here. It would, could explain everything going on in Washington. (laughs)”

4 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 4 Michigan State University What is Required for the BRAIN Project? l Foremost: address the group intelligence problem l It is not that humans do not have sufficient information about how the brain works l Enough information is out there in the vast literature l Individual humans are “blinded” by the lack of group intelligence in the human race

5 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 5 Michigan State University Brain-Mind Institute

6 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 6 Michigan State University BMI 831 Cognitive Science for Brain-Mind Research Instructor 2013: Juyang Weng Brain-Mind Institute

7 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 7 Michigan State University BMI 871 Introduction to Computational Brain-Mind Instructor 2013: Juyang Weng

8 IJCNN 2013 Education Panel 8 Michigan State University Resistance to Understanding the Brain l From government branches l From neuroscience l From cognitive science or psychology l From computer science l From electrical engineering l From mathematics


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