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Active Inference Workshop 2016

Lyon, October 12th & 13th, presented by LabEx CORTEX and PACE

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In the last few years, a new theory about how the brain works has gained increasing support from scientists around the world. The free energy principle has been proposed as a mathematical formulation about how brain organization and cognitive functions gracefully conspire to minimize sensory surprise and maintain homeostasis (Friston, 2010). The active sampling of sensory inputs to maximize (Bayesian) evidence for an agent’s model of the world has been termed active inference. Active inference speaks directly to the predictive brain hypothesis (Clark, 2013), and has been mainly possible due to recent achievements in computational methods for approximate Bayes inference. The current workshop proposes to provide an introduction to this new field of research and an overview of the most recent findings supporting its claims over several aspects in neurosciences (anatomy, electrophysiology, behaviour and pathophysiology). Talks will be provided by international leaders in the field.

Day 1 (Thursday, October 13th 2016)
9h30 – 9h45 Welcome & Introduction

9h45 – 10h30 Stanislas Dehaene or Pascal Fries, Empirical evidence for the predictive brain
Neurospin and Collège de France, Paris, France / Ernst Strügmann Institute, Frankfurt, Germany

10h30 – 11h15 Will Penny or Rosalyn Moran, Introduction to Bayesain inference in brain imaging
Virginia Tech, USA / Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging, UCL, UK

11h15 – 12h00 Jean Daunizeau or Chris Mathys, Computational models of behaviour, computational psychiatry
Wellcome Trust Centre For Neuroimaging, UCL, UK / ICM, Paris, France

Lunch (12h00 – 13h15)

13h15 – 14h00 Henry Kennedy, Cortical hierarchical organization
Stem-cell and Brain Research Institute, Labex-Cortex, Lyon, France

14h00 – 14h45 Rick Adams, Action-perception
Division of Psychiatry & Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, UK

14h45 – 15h30 Klaas Stephan, Computational Psychiatry
University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Break (15h30 – 16h00)

16h00 – 17h00 Karl Friston, Evening special conference
Wellcome Trust Centre For Neuroimaging, UCL, UK

Day 2 (Friday, October 14th 2016)
9h00 – 9h45 James Kilner. Mirror Neurons, predictions and oscillations
The Sobell Department of Movement Neuroscience and Motor Disorders, Institute of Neurology, UCL, UK

9h45 – 10h30 Jérémie Mattout, BCI
Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon, Lyon, France

Break (10h30 – 11h00)

11h00 – 11h45 Giovanni Pezzulo, AI, homeostatic regulation and adaptive behav. control
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Rome, Italy

11h45 – 12h30 Tom Fitzgerald, Learning and decision-making
Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging, UCL, UK

Lunch (12h30 – 13h45)

13h45 – 14h30

14h30 – 15h15

15h15 – 16h00

Break (16h00 – 16h30)

16h30 – 17h30 Clinic, Chair : Karl Friston