Associate Professor in Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto
Augustin Fresnel Professor, Institut d'Optique Graduate School
Distinguished researcher emeritus, CNRS Regional Delegation Languedoc-Roussillon
This comprehensive and accessible series features some of today’s most pressing issues. This series will not only inform the public about the connection between math and sustainability but will also encourage progress toward solving some of planet Earth’s fundamental problems and foster communication between science and mathematics educators.
The mind and brain can be thought of as computational systems — but what kinds of computations do they carry out, and what kinds of mathematics can best characterize these computations? Josh Tenenbaum attempts to answer these questions through the integration of disparate branches of mathematics and paradigms of computation.
Most sensory stimuli in the natural world exhibit strong statistical regularities. A proposed general principle of sensory neuroscience is that the brain’s circuitry is designed to take advantage of these statistical regularities.