*Seminar Series: QBI Neuroscience Seminar
*Location: QBI Auditorium
*Date: 09/08/2017
*Time: 11:00

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*Title of talk: Navigation, Neuroscience and Neural Networks: A Quest to Understand Intelligence and Build Better Robots
*Speaker's name: Professor Michael Milford
*Speaker's organisation: Queensland University of Technology
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Talk Abstract: The goal of my research is to understand the fundamental nature of intelligence, so that we can both shed light on how the brain functions, and create intelligent, autonomous systems that transform society. My group models and mimics the neural mechanisms and behaviours underlying those most tangible aspects of intelligence such as navigation, perception and recognition. Our inspiration? The amazing natural world around us, including rats, insects, primates and even humans. Our tools? Robots, algorithms, innovative sensing modalities, computational neuroscience and artificial neural networks of all types including deep nets, continuous attractors and even spiking networks.

This talk will cover the highlights and lowlights of that journey, the advances made, the insights gained, and touch on where we are headed now. I'll summarize a roboticist's perspective on the neuroscience underlying one of the most well understood aspects of intelligence - spatial intelligence and perception - and describe how we have adapted this knowledge to create landmark robotics advances including RatSLAM's mapping of an entire suburb using only a low cost webcam and persistent long term robot navigation autonomy trials.

I'll describe our extensive work in creating robotic perception and navigation algorithms, both algorithmic (SeqSLAM) and bio-inspired, that function under even the most challenging of environmental conditions. I'll also give an example of how research can transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, showing how robotics, neuroscience and deep learning can come together to create new techniques for data compression. Finally I'll highlight how we are translating fundamental transdisciplinary science into applications including autonomous vehicles,environmental monitoring and vision-based positioning.
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*Host name: Charmaine Paiva
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*Host email: m.paiva@uq.edu.au