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Join NEAI for presentations and conversations about topics in artificial intelligence followed by study groups and networking. Share your projects, ask for help, help each other, and collaborate/commiserate over pizza and beer.

This month's Presenter: Joshua Ainsley, PhD

Topic: Training a computer to understand how we train ourselves: Applying SVMs to gene expression in neurons

How our brains integrate new information to form memories is one of the most fundamental unsolved problems of neuroscience. It is known that learning often requires the production of new proteins related to the spatial patterns and magnitude of neural activity during learning. One of the most critical sites for this protein synthesis is within the dendrites, the wiring component of a neuron that receives signals from other neurons. This presentation will focus on our work applying machine learning to determine what proteins are made in dendrites and how they change during learning.

Joshua Ainsley received his PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in 2009 at the University of Iowa. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Leon Reijmers, PhD in the Neuroscience Department of Tufts University. The lab focuses on molecular and neural circuit mechanisms underlying learning and memory.


Every member is invited to organize notes on their own projects to share and seek collaborative advice. This is a dynamic field, and learning from new people helps spread good ideas fast. Sometimes a better idea can save a year in research.

This group grew out of the 2011 Stanford online AI and ML classes, and has grown to include professionals and academics. Special thanks to our sponsors, particularly Google for hosting our space and Apt Capital for the food and drink.

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