Theory of Biological Computation Student Seminar
We are writing to invite you to join the Theory of Biological Computation Seminar and Reading Group. This informal, student-led (professor-free) seminar series and reading group will be on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm in BBB B101 (NeuroTechers Lounge). If interested in attending, please RSVP to Anish Sarma.
The first topic of this series was dynamical systems and how they form a foundation for biochemical and neuroscience modelling.
This week's topic will be discussing the biological motivations of some machine learning algorithms (i.e. neural networks). Future sessions will cover topics ranging from statistics, information theory, optimization, and control and how these mathematical foundations help us understand biological systems. We are also organizing tutorials ranging from choosing your advisor to software packages for machine learning to basic neural anatomy. Don't know what all of these areas are? That's great! This series is meant to provide a roadmap to help incoming students navigate courses and topics and to meet the quantitative neuro and bio communities at Caltech. Want to hear about additional topics? Well, so do we! This seminar grew out of an informal reading group driven by our interests and we hope to keep that flexible attitude moving forward by adjusting the topics and papers based upon the interest of all the participants.
Hope to see you all Tuesday!