Unlocking the Secrets of the Human Brain
The human brain, which contains more neurons than there are stars in the Milky Way, is one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. The ways in which it commands our nervous system to transmit, integrate, extract, and store a huge volume of information each day have fascinated scientists for centuries, giving rise to the multidisciplinary science of Neurobiology. Meanwhile, the area of Neuroinformatics is gaining worldwide attention as scientists constructed neural-inspired artificial intelligence systems with unprecedented success.
Since 2000, a joint workshop on Neurobiology and Neuroinformatics has been held annually to promote the development of brain science by means of collaboration between researchers from China, Japan, Korea, among others. Led by Prof Michael Wong of Physics at HKUST and Prof Si Wu from Beijing Normal University, the 16th workshop took place in Hong Kong. It focused on deep learning, the most promising technique for artificial intelligence, and visual information processing. More than 50 neuroscientists, physicists, computer engineers and students were brought together to exchange ideas and foster the development of the field.