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Colloquium: Brains, Deep Learning, and Networks: an Inter-disciplinary Synergy

Event Details:

  • Date:           Thursday, 15 September 2022
  • Time:          Starts: 16:00
  • Venue:        This is a hybrid event. You can attend in person at the Novel Technologies Laboratory, Events Room - First Floor, The Cyprus Institute,
                        or alternatively you can watch online at The Cyprus Institute YouTube live stream and Facebook event page.
  • Speaker:     Prof. Constantine Dovrolis, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology



There is a growing overlap between Machine Learning, Neuroscience, and Network Theory. These three disciplines create a fertile inter-disciplinary cycle: a) inspiration from neuroscience leads to novel machine learning models and deep neural networks in particular, b) these networks can be better understood and designed using network theory, and c) machine learning and network theory become instrumental in understanding the brain’s structure and function, closing the cycle. In this talk, we will “tour” this cycle by focusing on two important research problems:
  • How to draw inspiration from neuroscience to design deep and adaptive neural networks that can perform continual learning,
  • How to understand the process of multisensory integration in the mammalian brain using network theory methods and connectomic data.


About the Speaker

constantine dovrolisDr. Constantine Dovrolis is a Professor at the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He is a graduate of the Technical University of Crete (Engr.Dipl. 1995), University of Rochester (M.S. 1996), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 2000).

His research is highly inter-disciplinary, combining Network Theory, Data Mining and Machine Learning. Together with his collaborators and students, they have published in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including climate science, biology, and neuroscience. More recently, his group has been focusing on neuro-inspired architectures for machine learning based on what is currently known about the structure and function of brain networks.

According to Google Scholar, his publications have received more than 15,000 citations with an h-index of 56. His research has been sponsored by US agencies such as NSF, NIH, DOE, DARPA, and by companies such as Google, Microsoft and Cisco. He has held visiting professor positions in France, Norway, and Greece.

His last sabbatical was in Cyprus during the 2021-22 academic year, working first at CYENS and then at KIOS Research Centres.


The colloquium will be in English and the live stream is open to the public.
This is a hybrid event. You can attend in-person or attend online - live streaming of the discussion will be available at The Cyprus Institute YouTube live stream and Facebook event page.
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Additional Info

  • Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022
  • Time: Starts: 16:00
  • Speaker: Prof. Constantine Dovrolis, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

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