All plenary sessions will be presented in Alumni Hall, Science Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor.

Provost Lecture
Neuroscience in the Age of Information
4:00 p.m., Thursday, 19 October

Terrence Sejnowski, PhD
Francis Crick Professor
Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The research of Terrence Sejnowski, PhD, spans the disciplines of computer science, neurobiology, physics, and cell biology. As a multidisciplinary scientist, he has pioneered key developments within neural computation, machine learning, and brain research while investigating the fundamental principles that link brain to behavior. His research seeks to elucidate neurobiological processes using spatio-temporal models and advanced machine learning algorithms. By using experimental and modeling techniques, Sejnowski’s lab has furthered exploration of the biophysical properties of neurons and synapses and the development of tools to understand how the brain represents the world.

Sejnowski co-invented the machine learning methodology known as the Boltzmann machine—which models processes as stochastic recurrent neural networks—and the Markov Random Field, a self-organizing learning algorithm for maximization of information.

Sejnowski received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University and his PhD in physics from Princeton University, where he subsequently completed a biology postdoctoral fellowship. He then completed a neurobiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Sejnowski is one of only 10 living scientists elected to all three national academies: the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience, among other significant honors and awards.