Dr. Nicholas Spitzer


Professor Nicholas Spitzer joined the University of California at San Diego Neurobiology faculty in 1972 and has been the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship, a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Spitzer is editor-in-chief of BrainFacts.org, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences and director of the UCSD Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind.

Dr. Jeffrey Krichmar

Cognitive Scientist

Professor Jeff Kirchmar is currently a professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences and the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kirchmar’s research interests include neurorobotics, embodied cognition, biologically plausible models of learning and memory, and the effect of neural architecture on neural function.

Dr. Gert Cauwenberghs


Professor Gert Cauwenberghs pioneered the design and implementation of highly energy efficient, massively parallel microchips that emulate the function and structure of adaptive neural circuits in silicon. Embedded mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in these silicon microcircuits model the adaptive intelligence of biological nervous systems interacting with variable and unpredictable environments, and assist in optimizing the energy efficiency and noise robustness of nanoscale circuit components implementing the neural functions.