[FoRK] [Comp-neuro] New book release: "How to build a brain: A neural architecture for biological cognition"

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Jun 25 10:23:08 PDT 2013

Ummm...  Black hole of interesting. Must ... not ... disappear into a cave with this quite yet... Work to do first.
My favorite brain model is what you might call "semantic metaphor vocabulary", but "semantic pointer" works.

Looks familiar, we must have seen the sight a few months ago. Nice that the book is out.  Too bad it is not an ebook!  Come on, 
is there a more glaring gap between working brain models and paper books for the information?


On 6/25/13 5:46 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
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> From: Daniel Rasmussen <drasmuss at cs.uwaterloo.ca>
> To: comp-neuro at neuroinf.org
> Subject: [Comp-neuro] New book release: "How to build a brain: A neural architecture for biological cognition"
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> Dear colleagues,
> We are pleased to announce the release of a new book based on the work
> in our lab:
> Chris Eliasmith. How to build a brain: A neural architecture for
> biological cognition. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2013.
> One goal of researchers in neuroscience, psychology, and artificial
> intelligence is to build theoretical models that are able to explain
> the flexibility and adaptiveness of biological systems. "How to build
> a brain" provides a detailed guided exploration of a new cognitive
> architecture that takes biological detail seriously, while addressing
> cognitive phenomena. Examples of such models are provided, and they
> are shown to explain a wide range of data.  These models are not
> introduced as independent considerations of brain function, but
> instead integrated to give rise to what is currently the world's
> largest functional brain model.[1]
> All of the software used in the book is available for free at
> http://www.nengo.ca. The book includes 8 detailed, hands-on tutorials
> that exploit this software, providing practical experience with the
> concepts and models presented throughout. In addition, all the source
> code for this project is available at
> https://github.com/ctn-waterloo/nengo_1.4 for those looking to work
> with (or contribute to) the development version.
> We hope this book will spark some interesting conversations, and
> eagerly invite any comments or discussion.
> Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience
> University of Waterloo
> [1] Eliasmith,C. T.C. Stewart, X. Choo, T. Bekolay, T. DeWolf, Y.
> Tang, and D. Rasmussen. A large-scale model of the functioning brain.
> Science, 338:1202-1205, 2012.
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