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15th July – Building Brains – Prof. Steven Furber

Understanding the brain remains as one of the great frontiers of science – how does this organ upon which we all so critically depend perform its function as an information processing system?

The SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) platform has been developed to support real-time modelling of large-scale brain subsystems with the objective of accelerating our understanding of the inner workings of the brain. It incorporates a million ARM processor cores with a bespoke interconnect fabric specifically designed to enable the very high connectivity of biological brains to be modelled.

The SpiNNaker platform is openly accessible under the auspices of the EU Flagship Human Brain Project, and is currently being used to support a wide range of neuroscientific research.

Professor Steven Furber from The University of Manchester School of Computer Science joins us to present this topic.

Monday 15th July @ 18:30. FREE admission. All Welcome.

The Albert Club, Old Lansdowne Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2PA