From January 4 to 8, IIT-Madras, Chennai will be witnessing
the first annual workshop of the Centre for Computational Brain Research
IIT-M alumnus Kris Gopalakrishnan will be starting the
workshop which also welcomes CCBR distinguished chairs- Prof Partha Mitra, Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Prof Anand Raghunathan, Purdue University, US,
and Prof Mriganka Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US.
There are two objectives of the workshop i.e. pedagogy
("neuroscience for engineers"), and outreach/community building.
Lectures by subject experts are planned in basic
neuroscience as well as in machine learning as one inter-facial domain between
neuroscience and engineering
Not only lectures, workshop will be having discussions on
the development of a neuroscience curriculum for engineering students at
IIT-Madras, other IITs and other engineering colleges in India with a small
hands-on lab component.
With the first objective stated above, workshop also sets to
build connections between academics, industry and medicine. How will it build
links? The workshop will collaborate with academic research programmes in India working
in the field of brain research, participants from the computer industry who are interested in brain-inspired software and hardware development, and medical researchers looking for tie-ups with engineering.