Machine Intelligence and Brain Research
Winter Course/Workshop on Computational Brain Research at IIT Madras

Dates :Jan 2 Thursday – Jan 10 Friday, 2020
Venue :IC & SR Main Hall and Conference Hall II, IIT Madras

The Annual Winter course on Machine Intelligence and Brain Research (MIBR) at IIT Madras will be held from Jan 2 – Jan 10th 2020.

We are in the planning stages of the course and the course content and registration links can be found here .

Please note that the above link is for general registration only. If you are an IIT Madras student, kindly use the following link ..

IIT M students who wish to take credit please follow the following links. If you plan to take credits for this course, please register your interests here

Goals of the course

Artificial neural network based machine learning architectures (software and hardware) are of great current interest in academia and industry. At the same time, owing to international brain initiatives, there are also rapid advances happening in Neuroscience. This interdisciplinary course is based on the premise that a two-way interchange between neuroscience and machine learning/AI will be mutually productive. The course focuses on four main areas of robust interactions between engineering and neuroscience (Vision, Speech/Audition, Natural Language, and Reinforcement Learning) and also includes related topics (classical Machine Learning, Hardware, Statistical Physics).

The Center for Computational Brain Research (CCBR) at IIT Madras:

The CCBR is an interdisciplinary center at IIT Madras focused on a two-way interchange between neuroscience and engineering.

The CCBR-IITM is comprised of faculty across several departments on campus and three visiting chair professors (Partha P Mitra, CSHL; Anand Raghunathan, Purdue; and Mriganka Sur, MIT).

The workshop component of the course will consists of pedagogical lectures and tutorials by invited speakers, foster national and international collaborations in the subject area. An outreach component of the workshop will include participants from the computer industry and medical research.

For any other queries: please Contact Ms Swetha Bhupathi @ ccbriitmadras@gmail.com

CCBR – Winter course on Machine Intelligence and Brain Research – 2020

Tentative Schedule

Day 1 :  2nd  Jan 2020
08:00 am Registration
09:00 am Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras   Opening Remarks
09:15 am Mr.Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman, Axilor Ventures, Co-Founder, Infosys Workshop Introduction
09:30 am Prof. Partha Mitra (CSHL,CCBR), Crick-Clay Professor of Biomathematics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, H N Mahabala Chair at IIT Madras   H N Mahabala 
Chair Professorial Lecture 
11:00 am   Coffee break 
11:30 am Prof. Mriganka Sur (MIT,CCBR), Newton Professor of Neuroscience , NR Narayana Murthy Chair at IIT Madras   Brain wiring and brain disorders
1:00 pm   Lunch 
2:00 pmProf. Trichur Vidyasagar (remote),
University of Melbourne Australia
Role of neural oscillations in cortical functions
3:30 pm Coffee break 
4:00 pm Prof. Michael Ibbotson, Director, National Vision Research Institute, Melbourne Australia  Early visual pathway
5:30 pmProf. Jonathan Victor (remote), Cornell University, USACortical pathways of vision
Day 2 : 3rd Jan 2020
10:30 amCoffee Break 
11:00 amProf. Trenton Jerde,
Snr Editor, Nature Machine Intelligence (Remote)
Perspectives on machine intelligence, and the review process at Nature journals
12:30 pmLunch 
02:00 pmProf. Hema Murthy, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT MadrasMachine Learning in Audition 
03:30 pmCoffee Break 
04:00 pmProf. Hema Murthy Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT MadrasEEG Signals in Audition
05:00 pmProf. Mikhail Belkin, Ohio State University, USAA modern perspective on the theory and practice of machine learning
Day 3:
4th Jan 2020 
10:00 am Fundamentals of Neuroscience: A tutorial on Neuroanatomy and ElectrophysiologyDr  Jaikishan Jayakumar,  Center for Computational Brain Research, IIT Madras  and Dr Timothy Marzullo, Backyard Brains, USA
(For IIT M students only) 
01:00 pm Lunch 
02:00pm Fundamentals of Machine Learning
Mr Keerthi Ram 
Prac (For IIT M students only)

  7: 00 pm :                              Banquet dinner (Westin Velachery) 
Day 4: 6th Jan 2020  (Hardware day)
9:00 amProf. Sadasivan Shankar, Harvard University, USAComputing, Artificial Intelligence and the Brain
An Engineering Perspective
11:00 amCoffee Break 
11:30 am Prof. Anand Raghunathan, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Chair of VLSI area at Purdue University, USA 
CR Muthukrishnan chair at CCBR IIT Madras
12:30 pm Lunch 
1:30 PMDr. Swagath Venkataramani, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
2:30 pmProf. Kaushik Roy, Purdue University
3:30 pmCoffee Break
4:00 pm Prof. Bhaswar Chakrabarti, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
Day 5: 7th Jan 2020
09:30 amProf. Yi Zhou,(Remote)
Arizona State University, USA
  Neurobiology of Spatial hearing
11:00 amCoffee Break 
11:30 amProf. Srivatsun Sadagopan, University of Pittsburgh, USA  Modelling and Characterizing the Ascending Auditory Pathway
01:00 pmLunch 
02:00 pm  Prof. Xiaoqin Wang, John Hopkins  University, USA  Neural Coding of Complex Sounds in Central Auditory Systems
03:30 pmCoffee break 
03:45 pm Dr. Samik Bannerjee, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, USA
05:00 – 7:00 pmNeural data analysis tutorial – 
Dr. Chinmay Purandare, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
(Open for IITM students only) at CCBR Seminar hall
Day 6: 8th Jan 2020
09:30 am  Prof. Sukhendu Das 
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras
  Classical Machine Vision
11:00am Coffee Break 
11:30 am  Prof. Kaushik Mitra,
Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
  Modern Machine Vision
01:00pm Lunch 
02:00pm  Prof. Sutanu Chakraborti, 
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras
Natural Language Processing
3:30 PM Coffee break 
4:00 pm  Neural data analysis tutorial – 
Dr. Chinmay Purandare, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
(Open for IITM students only) at CCBR seminar hall
Day 7: 9th Jan 2020 
09:00 amProf. Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, Columbia University, USA
(Remote)
  Deep network models of Vision
11:00 am Coffee Break 
11:45 am   Prof. Harish Guru Prasad, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras Ensemble methods in machine learning  
01:00 pm   Lunch 
02:00 pm   Dr. Prashanth L A
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras
Introduction to reinforcement learning
3:30 pm Coffee break  
04:00 pm   Dr. Prashanth L A
 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras
  Introduction to reinforcement learning
Day 8: 10th Jan 2020
9:00 am  Dr. Prashanth L A
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras
 Introduction to reinforcement learning
11:00am  Coffee Break 
11:30 am   Prof. Mayank Mehta, University of California, Los Angeles, USA  Neurobiology of Space and Time
01:00 pm  Lunch and workshop close 
02:00pm  Neural data analysis tutorial – 
Dr. Chinmay Purandare, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
(Open for IITM students only) at CCBR Seminar hall