Understanding the mind has been considered by some to be the last frontier of science even though such interests go as far back over several centuries.

How the mind works: Through the lens of mathematics and computers

How the mind works: Through the lens of mathematics and computers

Understanding the mind has been considered by some to be the last frontier of science even though such interests go as far back over several centuries.

Using mathematics, and with recent technological advancement, it has now become possible to probe and quantify the underlying mechanisms of some brain functions and dysfunctions.

This online presentation will discuss, at an accessible level, some of the recent developments in mathematical and computational models of cognition, and brain-inspired artificial intelligence. This will be followed by an open discussion. As part of the demonstration, the public is invited to perform a simple online cognitive experiment.

Dr Kongfatt Wong-Lin is a Reader at the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University in Magee campus.  His research interests lie at the interface of computational modelling and mathematical analysis of systems and cognitive neuroscience, psychology, brain disorders, neural computation and engineering, AI and data science.

Before joining Ulster University, he was a researcher at Princeton University, USA, in mathematical and cognitive neurosciences, with affiliation to The Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior, and Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Prior to that, he received his Ph.D. in Physics with focus on Computational Neuroscience at Brandeis University, USA, with affiliation to the Volen National Center for Complex Systems.

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