Deep learning with neocortical microcircuits: how AI and neuroscience can inform each other
Dr. Blake Richards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and a Fellow in the Learning in Machines and Brains Program with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He received his D.Phil. in neuroscience from Oxford in 2011, where he worked with Dr. Colin Akerman studying visual plasticity. From 2011-2013 he was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Frankland at SickKids Hospital, where he examined memory consolidation. Dr. Richards’ laboratory studies the learning algorithms of the brain, using a combination of experimental techniques and computational modelling. The ultimate goal of his group’s research is both to better understand the biological basis of learning, and to develop more human-like learning algorithms for artificial intelligence. He received a 2016 Google Faculty Research Award for his work on episodic memory contributions to reinforcement learning, and a 2018 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science for his work on deep learning in the neocortex.
* Dr. Richards is a candidate for a tenure-track position at the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) at McGill University.