Neuronium Prague will be a meetup group for neuroscience researchers and enthusiasts who want to keep up with the latest neuroscience research papers from academia or R&D companies like Numenta or Google Deepmind. Launch is planned for early spring 2019. In case of interest please join the Facebook group or contact me at xjmusil /at-sign\ gmail.com.
My name is Jan Musil (personal website: janmusil.me) and I am finishing a master’s degree in machine learning at Charles University with a focus on computational neuroscience. I will kickstart the group by presenting some of the papers I read and then everybody will have a chance to present their favourite readings. I will also invite experienced practicing neuroscience researchers from Prague to give talks about their research. Before each meetup, a blitz 15-minute introduction to the basics of neuroscience will be offered for newcomers. Frequency of meetups will be monthly or bi-weekly, starting from March 2019.
Some planned meetup topics:
- Numenta – Jeff Hawkins and S. Ahmad: Why Neurons Have Thousands of Synapses, a Theory of Sequence Memory in Neocortex (2016) PDF
- Numenta – Jeff Hawkins, S. Ahmad and Y. Cui: A Theory of How Columns in the Neocortex Enable Learning the Structure of the World (2017) PDF
- Koniku: The first wetware company — A biotech startup that creates hybrid chips connecting live genetically bioengineered neuronal cells and silicon circuits. Currently building chemical sensing chips (an “artificial sniffer”), but their long-term vision is a full artificial brain. Interesting fact: their customers require their wetware chips to be equipped with a “kill switch”. Sources: https://medium.com/neodotlife/koniku-biological-chips-osh-agabi-f1de4bf48fa7 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-kHYLMDP6c