Nov
30
Wed
BrainPlay
Nov 30 – Dec 2 all-day

What is BrainPlay?

BrainPlay is a new interdisciplinary conference that brings together neuroscientists and game designers. Our goals are to increase mutual understanding between the fields; share technologies and research techniques; and foster new collaborations.

Whether you are already working at the intersection of neuroscience and games, or you are interested in learning more, this conference is for you!

In addition, we would like to extend special invitations to:

– Professional game designers (digital and/or analog)

– Early-career researchers in neuroscience and/or games

– Postdoctoral fellows and advanced PhD students

BrainPlay is a collaboration between the Neuroscience Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and Carnegie Mellon’s game research community. We are grateful to the Chen Institute for their sponsorship of the event.

What will happen during the event? 

BrainPlay will feature a combination of academic talks, hands-on activities, game play, and collaborative workshops. Attendees can expect to learn about cutting-edge game and neuroscience research; hear from people working at the intersection of neuroscience and play; meet potential new collaborators; and try out some brand-new games.

How do I attend? 

Please apply to participate by completing our form:
https://forms.gle/pNxqBjVvuMygAaoV6

Applications must be received by October 10, 2022.

Acceptance notification will be emailed by October 25, 2022.

Logistics:

Admission to the conference is free for all accepted participants. All talks will be available for viewing online, but interactive workshops and other activities will be limited to in-person participants.

All official BrainPlay functions will be held in the Simmons Auditorium of the David A. Tepper Quadrangle (4765 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) Please email agwing@andrew.cmu.edu for any questions about accessibility. 

Reserve your hotel room before November 8, 2022 at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. We have negotiated a room rate of $159/night; please use our link to get the conference rate. Room rates might increase after November 8. (Parking is an additional $29/night.) 

A limited number of fellowships are available to cover transportation and lodging. Please indicate your interest on our application form, or contact us at agwing@andrew.cmu.edu for more information. 

Health and Safety: 

Our COVID-19 policy is available here, and is shaped by the Carnegie Mellon University policies available here.

All BrainPlay attendees must agree to our Code of Conduct

PNC Milestone: Jack Burgess
Nov 30 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Presenter: Jack Burgess
Time: 2:00pm, Wednesday 11/30
Location: https://cmu.zoom.us/j/98071155728?pwd=dXlFTjIzK0tUZTZ5QzFQZmtvbUJLdz09
Title: ImaginAgents: adaptive imagination-augmented agents for prospective learning
Advisor: Timothy Verstynen
Committee: Lori Holt, Jonathan Rubin

Abstract:

The cognitive capacity of imagination – the generation of synthetic data from an internal model – provides naturally intelligent creatures (e.g., mammals) an advantage in flexibly adapting to constantly changing environments. Here I 1) propose a general framework for artificial agents that use “imagination” to prepare for a future that may differ from their preceding experience, and 2) investigate initial implementations of this framework in supervised and reinforcement learning tasks. I find that in these base tasks, adaptive reliance on synthetic data generated from an internal “imagination” model can aid performance immediately following task changes. I raise essential questions and plan requisite next steps to thoroughly investigate this exciting research focus.

Dec
1
Thu
CNBC Colloquium – John Krakauer
Dec 1 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

John Krakauer, MD

John C. Malone Professor – Endowed Chair, Johns Hopkins University

Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, and Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

4:00 pm

2nd floor Auditorium, Mellon Institute

Abstract: I will first discuss how cognition and movement interact during skill acquisition in health.   

I will then discuss ways that this interaction might be exploited in restorative behavioral approaches for neurological conditions.  

Dec
2
Fri
CNBC Postdoc Writing Group
Dec 2 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CNBC Postdoc Writing Group

Fridays, 2-4pm

Contact: Andrew Gerlach (arg151@pitt.edu)

Location is typically Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/5307316889 (Passcode: 1234)

Description: Two hour block dedicated to writing papers, grants, reviews, etc. We use the Pomodoro system of 25 min blocks with 5 min breaks in between to chitchat.

There’s a group of ~10 people who attend semi-regularly. On any given week, it’s typical to have 3-5 people. It’s used for accountability and setting aside a dedicated chunk of time for writing (although some people use it for analysis or whatever else they may need to focus on). It’s also been helpful in building a postdoc community.

Please reach out to Andrew with any questions!

Dec
5
Mon
CNBC Brain Bag Series: Fall 2022
Dec 5 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dec
6
Tue
T32: Multiphoton Microscopy for Imaging Deeper, Wider, and Faster @ https://cmu.zoom.us/j/98074890148?pwd=akRhdnZzdWo1WWJQZTRyL0pxM283UT09
Dec 6 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tue, December 6, 2022, 2pm – 3pm

Multiphoton Microscopy for Imaging Deeper, Wider, and Faster

Chris Xu
IBM Chair Professor of Engineering
Director, School of Applied and Engineering Physics
Cornell University

Zoom Link: https://cmu.zoom.us/j/98074890148?pwd=akRhdnZzdWo1WWJQZTRyL0pxM283UT09

Dec
7
Wed
Neurobiology Seminar: Dr. Velvet Journigan @ Invite Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/93148636127
Dec 7 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Dec 07 1 pm – 2:15 pm

Structure-based Design of Novel Biphenyl Amide Antagonists of TRPM8 for Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Dr. Velvet Journigan

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Meeting ID: 931 4863 6127

Invite Link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/93148636127

Dec
9
Fri
CNBC Postdoc Writing Group
Dec 9 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

CNBC Postdoc Writing Group

Fridays, 2-4pm

Contact: Andrew Gerlach (arg151@pitt.edu)

Location is typically Zoom: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/5307316889 (Passcode: 1234)

Description: Two hour block dedicated to writing papers, grants, reviews, etc. We use the Pomodoro system of 25 min blocks with 5 min breaks in between to chitchat.

There’s a group of ~10 people who attend semi-regularly. On any given week, it’s typical to have 3-5 people. It’s used for accountability and setting aside a dedicated chunk of time for writing (although some people use it for analysis or whatever else they may need to focus on). It’s also been helpful in building a postdoc community.

Please reach out to Andrew with any questions!

CNBC Faculty Assembly @ MI 348
Dec 9 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Please join us on Friday, December 9th in the Mellon Institute 3rd Floor Conference Room (MI 348) for the semester’s first CNBC faculty assembly.  

The official meeting will take place from 3:30 – 4:30pm followed by an informal reception with wine, beer, and snacks from 4:30 – 6pm. 

The new CNBC Co-Directors, Julie Fiez and Lori Holt, will introduce themselves as well as update everyone on the state of the Center’s re-imagining process. 

Faculty will also have the opportunity to volunteer or engage in CNBC charges related to the following areas – Annual Graduate Recruitment Cycle, Retreat, Colloquiums, Outreach, and Junior Faculty Mentorship. 

This is also a wonderful chance to meet and chat with fellow CNBC members! 

Hope to see you there! 

CNBC Faculty Social
Dec 9 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Please join us on Friday, December 9th in the Mellon Institute 3rd Floor Conference Room (MI 348) for the semester’s first CNBC faculty assembly.  

The official meeting will take place from 3:30 – 4:30pm followed by an informal reception with wine, beer, and snacks from 4:30 – 6pm. 

The new CNBC Co-Directors, Julie Fiez and Lori Holt, will introduce themselves as well as update everyone on the state of the Center’s re-imagining process. 

Faculty will also have the opportunity to volunteer or engage in CNBC charges related to the following areas – Annual Graduate Recruitment Cycle, Retreat, Colloquiums, Outreach, and Junior Faculty Mentorship. 

This is also a wonderful chance to meet and chat with fellow CNBC members! 

Hope to see you there!