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ComAI Lecture: “Between Power and Nature: Provocative reflections for an Eco-Political Economy of AI” (Prof. Dr. Benedetta Brevini)

Abstract: Despite the growing concern over the environmental harms of ICT systems (Ferreboeuf, 2019) Artificial Intelligence (AI) gets principally heralded as the key technology to solve contemporary challenges, including the Climate crisis, which is one of the goals of sustainable development (Saetra, 2022). This AI hype frequently overlooks the significant environmental impacts stemming from the […]

„Clickety-clack“: a non-equilibrium model of cortical activity performs perceptual inference (Prof. Dr. Jochen Braun)

How does the cortex of humans and primates interpret unstable and ambiguous sensory input in terms of lifelong prior experience? Current theories („free energy principle“, „predictive coding“) are based on equilibrium physics and posit reciprocal interactions between cortical levels („top-down“ and „bottom-up“) to compare sensory input with prior experience and minimise discrepancies. I propose a […]

Plastic electronic brain interfaces: organic semiconductors for optogenetics and fluorescence imaging (Dr. Caroline Murawski)

Neurological disorders are becoming increasingly common in our aging society. In order to improve our understanding of the brain and find therapy and treatment, methods are required to precisely control and monitor neuronal signals. Optogenetics and fluorescence imaging use light for stimulation and recording, respectively. This enables unprecedented spatial and temporal control over neuronal activity […]

Die tiefe Hirnstimulation: State of the Art und Entwicklungen (Prof. Dr. Joachim Krauss)

Prof. Dr. Joachim Krauss Die Tiefe Hirnstimulation ist mittlerweile ein etabliertes therapeutisches Verfahren, welches einen festen Platz gefunden hat bei der Behandlung von Bewegungsstörungen wie der Parkinson Erkrankung, dem essentiellen Tremor und verschiedenen Formen der Dystonie. Ferner wird die Methode angewendet bei psychiatrischen Erkrankungen wie der Zwangsstörung, neuropathischen Schmerzsyndromen und bestimmten Epilepsie-Formen. Weitere Indikationen sind […]

BBDC Event 2024

BBDC Event 2024 am 24.05.2024 The BBDC 2024 event will take place on Friday, May 24, 2024, starting at 9:00 am at Cartesium. There will be welcome speeches, award ceremonies, lectures, poster presentations and lab tours (see below). One of the highlights of the program is the keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Alexander Mädche from […]

Bremen Autonomous Systems Meetup

About Join our very first meetup (hopefully the first of many)! A gathering designed for everyone who is interested or involved in autonomous systems and robotics in Bremen. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or just starting out, this meetup offers aims to connect you with fellow enthusiasts and practitioners, share knowledge and explore exciting projects […]

Mind Talk: Optical approaches to study glutamate receptor signaling: Mechanisms and synaptic function (Prof. Dr. Andreas Reiner)

Glutamate receptors (GluRs) play a key role in the central nervous system, where they pass excitatory signals across synapses and modulate synaptic strength and plasticity. Our research mainly focuses on the subfamily of ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs), which form glutamate-gated ion channels. In my talk, I will summarize our recent work on the diversity of […]

Mind Talk: A new optrode device for optogenetic stimulation of deep cortical layers based on the Utah array geometry (Dr. Christopher Friedrich Reiche)

Optogenetic methods enable neuroscientist to study neural circuit function with high precision by making specifically targeted populations of neural tissue cells sensitive to light. To harness the full capabilities of this technique, it is essential for researchers to be able to deliver light with sufficient intensity not only to the surface but also into deep […]