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IBM Almaden Institute Panel, May 10-11, 2006

The Almaden Institute is held annually at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. The Institute brings together eminent, innovative thinkers from academia, government, industry, research labs and the media for an intellectually charged, stimulating and vigorous dialogue that addresses fundamental challenges at the very edge of science and technology.

The 2006 Almaden Institute will focus on the theme of "Cognitive Computing" and will examine scientific and technological issues around the quest to understand how the human brain works. We will examine approaches to understanding cognition that unify neurological, biological, psychological, mathematical, computational, and information-theoretic insights. We focus on the search for global, top-down theories of cognition that are consistent with known bottom-up, neurobiological facts and serve to explain a broad range of observed cognitive phenomena. The ultimate goal is to understand how and when can we mechanize cognition.

The Institute will endeavor to construct a collective bird's eye view both of the state of the art and of what is to come, to elucidate and formulate the main open questions in this grand quest and to highlight promising directions. As always, the goal of the institute is to ask tough questions, to raise important discussions and to prompt significant constructive action around a contemporary scientific and technological theme.

Confirmed speakers include Toby Berger (Cornell), Gerald Edelman (The Neurosciences Institute), Joaquin Fuster (UCLA), Jeff Hawkins (Palm/Numenta), Robert Hecht-Nielsen (UCSD), Christof Koch (CalTech), Henry Markram (EPFL/BlueBrain), V. S. Ramachandran (UCSD), John Searle (UC Berkeley) and Leslie Valiant (Harvard). Confirmed panelists include: Theodore Berger (USC), Kwabena Boahen (Stanford), Rodney Brooks (MIT, iRobot), Ralph Linsker (IBM), Miguel Nicolelis (Duke), and Jerry Swartz (The Swartz Foundation).

Dr. Swartz spoke on the panel titled 'Panel: How the brain works, what it computes, and how/when we might build intelligent machines,' on Wednesday, May 10, at 3 pm.

- View a video of Dr. Jerome Swartz' presentation (.avi format, 41Mb)

- IBM Almaden 2006 Home Page

- IBM Almaden 2006 - Presentations and Videos

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