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I think this is a common concern from those gathering the data. Perhaps we need a license specifically for data that outlines responsible use?
Stefan van der Walt pointed me to this:

"A second concern held by some is that a new class of research person will emerge — people who had nothing to do with the design and execution of the study but use another group’s data for their own ends, possibly stealing from the research productivity planned by the data gatherers, or even use the data to try to disprove what the original investigators had posited. There is concern among some front-line researchers that the system will be taken over by what some researchers have characterized as “research parasites.” "

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Our public demo is this Fri June 19th from 4-6 on campus (in Hagey Hall 373).  Feel free to drop by!

International brain researchers exhibit brain-inspired technologies

WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday, June 18, 2015) –The University of Waterloo is hosting a two-week workshop to teach researchers how to build sophsticated brain models. Tomorrow, participants from around the world will demonstrate the large-scale brain models they have built over the last two weeks, running on laptops, robots, and specialized brain-like computers while simulating neural functions.

The projects reproduces behaviours such as seeing, learning, spatial navigation, and high-level action planning, using new kinds of biologically inspired sensors (including an artificial retina, a leech robot, and artificial touch sensing skin) and brain-like computer processors. The workshop is focussed on using the Nengo brain simulator, developed by Professor Chris Eliasmith’s lab in Waterloo’s Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, to build state-of-the-art cognitive and neural models. This software was recently used to build the world’s largest functional brain model, Spaun, and provides users with a versatile and powerful environment for simulating cognitive and neural systems.

Last year's video:

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Come build cool brain models in our lab!
My lab has a postdoc position available.  It's focussed on large-scale brain modeling using high performance computing.  More description in the link.

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New paper with some technical and theoretical details of Spaun!
Large-Scale Synthesis of Functional Spiking Neural Circuits available on IEEE website as a preview.

Covers the methods and tools used to build the 2.5 million neuron (60 billion connection) model Spaun (published in Science) for a neuromorphic engineering audience.

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Excellent! Going to take a closer look at ShareLaTeX.

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Come hang out at my lab and learn how we build brain models this summer!
Summer School on Large-Scale Brain Modelling

Hello! [All details about this school can be found online at]

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo is inviting applications for an in-depth, two week summer school that will teach participants how to use the Nengo simulation package to build state-of-the-art cognitive and neural models. Nengo has been used to build what is currently the world's largest functional brain model, Spaun [1], and provides users with a versatile and powerful environment for simulating cognitive and neural systems. 

We welcome applications from all interested graduate students, research associates, postdocs, professors, and industry professionals. No specific training in the use of modelling software is required, but we encourage applications from active researchers with a relevant background in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or a related field. 

[1] Eliasmith, C., Stewart T. C., Choo X., Bekolay T., DeWolf T., Tang Y., Rasmussen, D. (2012). A large-scale model of the functioning brain. Science. Vol. 338 no. 6111 pp. 1202-1205. DOI: 10.1126/science.1225266. []

**Application Deadline: February 15, 2014**


Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas for projects, which may focus on testing hypotheses, modelling neural or cognitive data, implementing specific behavioural functions with neurons, expanding past models, or provide a proof-of-concept of various neural mechanisms. Projects can be focused on software, hardware, or a combination of both. Amongst other things, participants will have the opportunity to:

- build perceptual, motor, and cognitive models with spiking neurons
- model anatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioural data 
- use a variety of single cell models within a large-scale model
- use machine learning methods in biologically oriented models
- use Nengo with your favourite simulator (Brian, NEST, Neuron, etc.)
- interface Nengo with a variety of neuromorphic hardware
- interface Nengo with cameras and robotic systems of various kinds
- implement modern nonlinear control methods in neural models
- and much more…

Hands-on tutorials, work on individual or group projects, and talks from invited faculty members will make up the bulk of day-to-day activities. There will be a weekend break on June 14-15, and fun activities scheduled for evenings throughout!

Date and Location: June 8th to June 21st, 2014 at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Applications: Please visit, where you can find more information regarding costs, travel, lodging, along with an application form listing required materials. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions ( We look forward to hearing from you!

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My supervisor's TEDx video is up! How to Build a Brain.
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