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Cognitive Regime Shift II - When/why/how the Brain Breaks/Robustness of Brain Function

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November 12, 2019
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Nihat Ay (Max Planck Institute/SFI)


The presentation will review core concepts of a theory of network robustness, initially proposed together with David Krakauer. This theory is concerned with the robustness of function, for instance brain function, with respect to structural perturbations. It suggests design principles and adaptation mechanisms for the maintenance of function. The relevance of the theory in relation to brain architectures will be outlined. In particular, the trade-off between parsimony and robustness in motor control will be discussed, thereby drawing connections to the field of embodied intelligence.

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