Student Talk Series: Carina Curto 3/30 @ noon in Olin 268

Title:  What can topology tell us about the neural code?

Abstract:  Cracking the neural code is one of the central challenges of neuroscience. Neural codes allow the brain to represent, process, and store information about the outside world. Unlike other types of codes, they must also reflect relationships between stimuli, such as proximity between locations in an environment. In this talk, I will explain why algebraic topology provides natural tools for understanding the structure and function of neural codes.