Monday, March 20th - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Special event

Phillip A. Sharp Lecture in Neural Circuits

Larry Abbott, Columbia University
Singleton Auditorium 46-3002
Public welcome

"Unmarring the Perceptron: Lessons in Cerebellar Computing from Fish and Flies"
Recent advances in our understanding of the anatomy and function of cerebellar-like circuits in fish and flies illuminate a form of neural computation resembling the classic perceptron, famous in machine learning and MIT history.  I will use these results to explain puzzling features of cerebellar computation, including random and sparse synaptic connectivity, and discuss why cerebellar and cortical computing strategies are so different.