June 06, 2017

BrainHub: Harnessing Technology that Helps the World Explore Brain and Behavior

ML Dept. will play a key role in the new university BrainHub initiative where we will focus on big data research on the brain.

How do you learn, create a memory, or perceive the world? What is happening in the brains of people with autism or neurodegenerative diseases? How do we get our brain to learn new information, or to even heal itself? Understanding how the brain works is one of the biggest puzzles in science.

Carnegie Mellon knows that the answers to these, and other, critical questions in the brain sciences lie at a pivotal intersection between biology, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, statistics and engineering – areas where Carnegie Mellon excels.

And the world has taken notice of our excellence, putting CMU at the hub of unique global partnerships focused on brain research.

Why CMU?

As the birthplace of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology, CMU brain scientists have had real-world impact for over 50 years.

From the creation of some of the first cognitive tutors, to the development of the Jeopardy-winning Watson, to founding a ground-breaking doctoral program in neural computation, to recent cutting-edge work on the genetic basis of autism, Carnegie Mellon has, and will continue to be, a leader in the study of brain and behavior.

And our expertise doesn't stop at technology. World-renowned faculty such as Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, John Anderson and Raj Reddy, all helped shape modern cognitive psychology.

At the same time, seminal collaborations between psychologists and computer scientists gave rise to the field of artificial intelligence.

Today, partnerships between CMU neuroscientists, psychologists, statisticians, computer scientists, and engineers leave us poised to make similar groundbreaking accomplishments.

Taking a global approach to understanding the brain, CMU, with its partners around the world, is uniquely qualified for tackling this sort of highly interdisciplinary research.

Read CMU press release announcing BrainHub »

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