Schedule





The MAIN 2022 Schedule


Monday Dec 12, 2022 / MAIN 2022 - Day 1

All times are provided in ET (eastern time zone)

(Room : A-3502.1 / Third floor / Campus MIL)

7:30-8:10 Registration + Coffee, tea & pastries

Chair: Paul Cisek (Université de Montréal, QC, Canada)

8:10-8:30 Opening remarks from the MAIN Organizing Committee

8:30-9:10 Joel Zylberberg (York University, ON, Canada) - New bio-realistic artificial neuron types may help us develop more human-like AI

9:10-9:50 Yoshua Bengio - (Université de Montréal & Mila, QC, Canada) - GFlowNet frameworks for theoretical neuroscience

9:50-10:30 Aaron Schurger (Chapman University, CA, USA) - What is the science of consciousness about?

10:30-10:40 break

10:40-11:40 Michael Graziano (Princeton Neuroscience Institute, NJ, USA) (Keynote #1) - A Conceptual Framework for Consciousness

11:40-12:30 Panel discussion: Building sentient machines / Panelists: Yoshua Bengio - (Université de Montréal & Mila, QC, Canada) / Michael Graziano (Princeton Neuroscience Institute, NJ, USA) / Aaron Schurger (Chapman University, CA, USA) [Co-moderators: Paul Cisek & Karim Jerbi]

12:30 -13:20 Lunch & Networking + Posters - (Atrium B-140 / Ground level)

Chair: Shahab Bakhtiari (Université de Montréal & Mila)

13:20-13:50 Lightning presentations 🗲🗲

13:50-14:30 Bertrand Thirion (Université Paris Saclay - INRIA, France) - In the wild brain activity decoding

14:30-15:10 Matthew Perich (Université de Montréal & Mila, QC, Canada) - Merging neural and behavioral modularity through brain-wide compositional modes

15:10-15:50 Javeria Hashmi (Dalhousie University, NS, Canada) - Interplay between prediction and sense datum in the brain

15:50-16:00 break

16:00-17:00 Kafui Dzirasa (Duke University School of Medicine, NC, USA) (Keynote #2) - Decoding socioemotional brain states from brain wide electrical recordings

17:00-18:00 Student Panel discussion Career perspectives in Neuro-AI / Julie Boyle (CNeuromod, CRIUGM, QC, Canada) / Flavie Lavoie-Cardinale (Université Laval, QC, Canada) / Shahab Bakhtiari (Université de Montréal & Mila, QC, Canada) / Angela Tam (Perceiv AI, QC, Canada)

18:00-22:00 Social Event : Posters, networking and fun 🧠🤖🎵✨ (Atrium B-140 / ground floor)

Tuesday Dec 13, 2022 / MAIN 2022 - Day 2

All times are provided in ET (eastern time zone)
(Room : A-3502.1 / Third floor / Campus MIL)

7:30-8:10 Registration + Coffee, tea & pastries

Chair: Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal (Université Laval, QC, Canada)

8:10-8:30 Opening remarks for Day 2

8:30-9:10 Claudia Clopath (Imperial College London, London, UK) - Probing motor adaptation in an artificial neural network model (virtual presentation)

9:10-9:50 Eva Dyer (Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA) - Seeing the forest and the tree: Decomposing representations of neural activity to reveal features of individual neurons and their population-level dynamics

9:50-10:30 Audrey Durand (Université Laval, QC, Canada) - On our way to monitor nanostructures using reinforcement learned microscopy imaging policies

10:30-10:40 break

10:40-11:40 Panel discussion Future of Neuro-AI through the lens of early career researchers / Mohamed Abdelhack (Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, ON, Canada) / Isil Bilgin (CNeuromod, CRIUGM, QC, Canada) / Tyler Bonnen (Stanford University, CA, USA), Chris C. Emezue (Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany & Lanfrica) / Laura Suarez (McGill University, QC, Canada) [Co-moderators: Flavie Lavoie-Cardinal & Karim Jerbi]

11:40 -13:20 Lunch & Networking + Posters - (Atrium B-140 / ground floor)

Chair: Guillaume Lajoie (Université de Montréal & Mila)

13:20-13:50 Lightning presentations 🗲🗲

13:50-14:30 David Sussillo (Google Brain, CA, USA) - Neural dynamics shape task organization in multitask networks (virtual presentation)

14:30-15:10 Anne Churchland (University of California, CA, USA) - Decisions, movements, and biological brains (virtual presentation)

15:10-15:50 Grace Lindsay - (New York University, NY, USA) - Visual processing in an embodied artificial rodent trained through reinforcement learning (virtual presentation)

15:50-16:00 break

16:00-17:00 Ev Fedorenko (MIT McGovern Institute, MA, USA) (Keynote #3) - The language system in the human brain: Parallels and differences with large language models (virtual presentation)

17:00-17:50 Prizes for bester posters + Closing remarks

18:00-22:00 Social Event : Posters, networking and fun (Atrium B-140 / ground floor) 🧠🤖🍕🍟🎵✨

If you are attending MAIN 2022 make sure you check out our Code of Conduct

For in-person participants: Masks are strongly recommended but not mandatory.