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Cognitive Control

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When Jul 31, 2013
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Shannon Room 54-134
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Simon Haykin

McMaster University



In this lecture, I will begin by briefly describing the new integrative field of Cognitive Dynamic Systems.  Then I will move on to the main topic of the Lecture: Cognitive Control, which embodies:

  • Perception of the environment,
  • Memory that involves learning from the observables,
  • Attention and  
  • Motor control. 

For cognitive control to mimic the brain, we have introduced the notion of dynamical entropic state that varies from one perception-action-cycle to the next. 

I will then present simulation results that will demonstrate the information processing power of cognitive control. 

The lecture is finished by briefly describing future directions of cognitive networks for solving the "Big Data Problem".


Simon Haykin is Distinguished University Professor in the ECE Department, McMaster University. Beyond fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of radar and communications systems, he is a renowned educator, and the author of many basic textbooks in communications and signal processing. Building on his knowledge on neural networks and learning machines, he pioneered Cognitive Dynamic Systems, on which the first book was published by Cambridge University Press, April 2012. The first journal paper on Cognitive Control was published in the Proc. IEEE, December 2012.

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