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Thursday , 11 April 2013
(at 13:00 in room HAL 115)
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The Brain - A Gentle Introduction Clearing Misconceptions

Valeriu Beiu

United Arab Emirates University

This presentation aims to put forward fundamental concepts about the Brain, while also trying to clarify very common and well-ingrained misconceptions. Learning, memory, and other high level functions are well beyond the scope of this presentation. We shall start by introducing the Brain as numbers, relying on the latest discoveries. Afterwards, we shall take on the many different levels of organization of the Brain one-by-one, using a bottom-up approach: ion channels, ion pumps, microtubules, neurons, glial cells (e.g., astrocytes), synapses (the gaps between neurons), columnar structures, gray and while matter. When taken together, the hierarchical organization of the Brain will start to come together. The emphasis will constantly be on introducing/grasping the fundamental "information processing" concepts, while also becoming aware of both the ultra low (but reasonably constant) power consumption of the Brain, as well as of the amazing trustworthy (i.e., reliable) and colorful wings (i.e., active dendrites) of the mysterious butterflies of the soul (i.e., neurons).

Brief Bio:

Dr. Valeriu Beiu received the MSc in CE from the University "Politehnica" Bucharest, and the PhD summa cum laude in EE from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He was with the Research Institute for Computer Techniques, University "Politehnica" Bucharest, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, King's College London, Los Alamos National Lab, Rose Research, Washington State University, and since 2005 he is with the United Arab Emirates University. He was a PI/co-PI of over 30 research grants totaling over US$ 30M, holds 11 patents, has authored over 220 papers, and has given over 170 invited talks. His research interests are on VLSI/nano-electronics (low-power, highly reliable) and biological-/brain-inspired nano-architectures (parallel, adaptive, fault-tolerant, communication starved). Dr. Beiu received five fellowships, including Fulbright, EU Human Capital and Mobility, LANL Director's, and Rose Research. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions for VLSI.

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Invited by G. Cuniberti

Within the nanoSeminar

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