Ongoing research into how the brain functions, particularly the neocortex which is responsible for "thought," has led to some new biological discoveries about its inner workings. Research suggests that the cells and mechanisms in the neocortex are not as differentiated as once thought. This talk discusses a theory in which very general purpose cells only detect patterns and form beliefs but are wired in a hierarchy. Going beyond the biology, Dileep George, has formalized the system so that it may be constructed on a computer. If successful this technology can help to solve important remaining problems in computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning. George, along with Trip Hawkins, has founded a company to develop and commercialize this idea.
Before joining Numenta, Dileep George was a Graduate Research Fellow at Redwood Neuroscience Institute (now Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at UC Berkeley), and a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His research interests include neuronal coding, information processing, and the modeling of cortical functions. Prior to his graduate studies, he served as a Principal Engineer in several communications-related startup companies. George has worked closely with Jeff Hawkins (Co-Founder of Palm Computing, and Founder, Redwood Neurosciences Institute) in extending and expressing Hawkins' neuroscience theories in mathematical terms. He has created a proof-of-concept program to illustrate these concepts.
George holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
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