DTC Journal Club – Friday 27th November 2015

Speaker: David Wood

Title: Evolution and prehistoric nervous systems

Abstract: Where did neurons come from? What do we know about the nervous systems of long-extinct animals? Did a stegosaurus really have another brain in its bottom? I will attempt to educate you in what I have found whilst wondering about the answers to these questions.

Speaker: Martino Sorbaro

Title:  Twitter’s brain

Abstract: I know you all know what Twitter is and how important it is.
In this talk I would like to discuss with you how it is an excellent and simple model of the complexity of human interactions on the internet.
And it’s also a great example of a self-organised, collective system with emergent properties — a bit like a large neural network where every neuron is a human user.