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NYU SCPS to Host Public Lecture Series: Science at NYU

This spring, NYU SCPS will host three public events that probe contemporary issues in science. Held in conjunction with the New York Academy of Sciences and the Office of the Dean of Sciences at NYU, these lectures reflect some of the exciting new research currently being conducted by NYU faculty.

Teaching Robots to See
Thursday, March 26, 7 - 9 p.m.
Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church), 4th floor (NYU-SCPS entrance)
By combining recent advances in automatic machine learning and visual neuroscience, mobile robots can be taught to detect and recognize objects and obstacles and can automatically adapt to unknown environments. Speaker Yann LeCun is Silver Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU. His learning-based image understanding techniques are used in many industrial applications including video surveillance, document understanding, and human-computer interaction.

Systems Biology: Learning the Circuits That Run Life's Program
Thursday, April 16, 7 - 9 p.m.
Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church), 4th floor (NYU-SCPS entrance)
Whole genome sequencing has allowed biologists to collect complete parts lists for several organisms. The challenge now lies in building up working models of how the thousands of genes composing an organism result in function, form, and behavior. In spite of the formidable challenges associated with building up models of these networks (due to their size and complexity), biologists are starting to achieve critical milestones.

This event is led by Rich Bonneau, assistant professor at NYU's Center for Comparative Functional Genomics. Bonneau was recently selected as one of the top 20 scientists under 40 years old by Discover magazine.

Neurocinematics! Where Neuroscience Meets Filmmaking
Monday, May 4, 7 - 9 p.m.
New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., 40th floor
Join us as a panel of experts on the brain and cinema draw an interdisciplinary connection between film and neuroscience.

David Heeger and Barbara Knappmyer of the NYU Computational Neuroimaging Laboratory
Nava Rubin of the NYU Center for Neural Science
Uri Hasson of the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University
Michael Grabowski, NYU Adjunct Instructor in Film, Video, and Broadcasting

 To learn more or register for the events, click here.