Geneva meeting about humans and machines

25 April 2018

Uppsala University, jointly with the Swedish Swiss Chamber of Commerce (SSCC) and the EU Human Brain Project, is issuing invitations to a meeting in Geneva on 3 May 2018. At the meeting, entitled ”Understanding the Human Brain: Thinking and Re-Thinking Man and Machine”, researchers, business representatives and other interested parties will discuss the latest developments in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, brain medicine and robotics.

​Development is only just beginning when it comes to integration of digital technologies and​ artificial intelligence​, and to the connections between this integration and research in neuroscience, brain research, robotics and mathematical computation. This emerging development of the future is affecting more and more sectors, such as health, education, finance and security, as well as exerting influence on our everyday lives.

One aim of the major EU Human Brain Project (HBP) is to accelerate the development of knowledge. Another is to build research infrastructure through strategic investments in programmes of research in basic neuroscience, advanced simulation and multi-scale computer modelling.

At Uppsala University, research topics include the mathematical models and advanced algorithms that control learning and decision-making in, for example, self-driving cars, self-learning robots and smart buildings.

Researchers and industry leaders have been invited to the Geneva meeting to discuss how knowledge of the brain can help us build the robots and computers of the future. Other subjects will be how to better understand and treat brain diseases and how to integrate neuroscience research data into computer models and simulations.

In Geneva, several researchers from Uppsala University are to take part:

  • Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory; Structural Chemistry
  • Peter Lindblad, Professor at the Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory, Molecular Biomimetics; Microbial Chemistry
  • Thomas Schön, Professor of Automatic Control at the Department of Information Technology; Systems Control
  • Ginevra Castellano, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Information Technology; Visual Information and Interaction
  • Lina Emilsson, Researcher at the Department of Organism Biology; Evolution and Developmental Biology.

Additional participants from Uppsala University are representatives from UU Innovation, Uppsala University’s Holding Company (UUAB) and the Development Office. Also taking part are members of the Uppsala University Switzerland Alumni Chapter, which is one of the initiators of the meeting.