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MICrONS (Machine Learning from Cortical Networks) is scientific research program funded by IARPA with the mission to revolutionize machine learning by understanding the detailed structures and functions of mesoscale neural circuits, and then exploiting the mathematical functions underlying the algorithms of the brain. It is an Apollo project of the brain.

Project MICrONS @ Carnegie Mellon is a hub in the MICrONS family of research centers. Our collaborative team partners in our MICrONS project include Johns Hopkins University, Harvard, MIT, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, and University of North Carolina. We are also building international collaborative ties with research centers at Peking University in China and Institute of Neuroscience at Marseille in France.

We are excited to be working with our parter team MICrONS @ Harvard lead by George Church (Harvard Medical School and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Technology at Harvard), who is developing with Tony Zador (Cold Sprign Harbor Laboratories) a revolutionary approach to reconstruct the complete neural circuitry using DNA bar codes and fluorescent in-situ sequencing (FISSEQ) technique .

Upcoming Events

Optogenetic and tissue clearing approaches to understand and influence whole-animal physiology and behavior
When Mar 23 2017 15:00 EDT
Where Scaife Hall 125 (at CMU)
Who Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering, Heritage Principal Investigator CALTECH, Pasadena, CA Abstract: Our research group at Caltech employs optogenetics, chemogenetics, tissue clearing, and viral vectors to gain new...
Functional flexibility: Global arousal and regulation of cortical circuits in health and disease
When Mar 23 2017 16:00 EDT
Where Mellon Institute Conference Room
Who Jessica A. Cardin, Ph.D
Assistant Professor Department of Neurobiology, School of Medicine Yale University Abstract: The cerebral cortex plays key roles in perception and cognition. Cortical function is enormously flexible and adapts rapidly to...
How do multiple memory systems give rise to behavior?
When Mar 29 2017 12:00 EDT
Where Mellon Institute Conference Room
Who Catherine Thorn, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Fellow Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit, Pfizer Abstract: My research aims to understand how synaptic level changes in basal ganglia and hippocampal circuits underlie memory encoding and behavioral learning,...

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