Building Minds: Microchips & Molecules

Monday, May 18, 2015, 4pm – CNSI Auditorium

Can computer chips be designed to mimic the human brain? Can a simulation of neural connections give rise to lifelike behavior? Can human minds live on in a computer? What can cyborgs tell us about senses?

We will discuss various approaches to building artificial minds and what such efforts suggest about our own minds. Join us in exploring the intersections between the fields of neurorobotics, psychology, philosophy, chemistry, and computational neuroscience.

Each speaker will present a short talk, and we will conclude with a moderated Q&A panel discussion.

James K. Gimzewski, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, UCLA
Timothy Busbice, Founder & CTO, Connectomix
Randal A. Koene, Ph.D., Founder & CEO,
Brian L. Keeley, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Pitzer College

Moderated by Martin M. Monti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neurosurgery, UCLA

Funded by the UCLA Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board

Please visit our Building Minds on Facebook to RSVP (not required to attend).


California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) Auditorium
570 Westwood Plaza
Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Directions to CNSI Auditorium can be found here.

The CNSI Auditorium (green box in map below) is just east of Westwood Plaza, toward the southwest corner of the Court of Sciences.  Suggested parking is in Structures 9 and 2 (purple boxes).  The Psychology (Franz) building is also shown (orange box).