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Computational Theories of the Brain Workshop

Jeff HawkinsJeff HawkinsCo-Founder
Computational Theories of the Brain Workshop
WhenMon, Apr 16, 2018 — Thu, Apr 19, 2018
UC Berkeley Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing
Berkeley, CA USA
WebEvent Website
TopicDoes the neocortex use grid cell-like mechanisms to learn the structure of objects?
SpeakingJeff Hawkins


In this talk, I propose that the neocortex learns models of objects using the same methods that the entorhinal cortex uses to map environments. I propose that each cortical column contains cells that are equivalent to grid cells. These cells represent the location of sensor patches relative to objects in the world. As we move our sensors, the location of the sensor is paired with sensory input to learn the structure of objects. I explore the evidence for this hypothesis, propose specific cellular mechanisms that the hypothesis requires, and suggest how the hypothesis could be tested.


Jeff HawkinsJeff HawkinsCo-Founder