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Tradeoffs in biological optimisation

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We still know little about the precise mechanisms by which the brain learns. Nevertheless, like any engineered system, it must balance competing objectives and design constraints. I will consider some of the difficulties the brain faces in learning on a ‘wet’ medium. I will then use simple optimisation theory to illustrate how the brain could compensate for such difficulties. I will use the insights gained to rationalise some otherwise counterintuitive experimental observations on architectural features of the brain.

This talk is part of the CUED Control Group Seminars series.

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