CANCELLED Cognitive maps for navigation in the brain: Simultaneous rigidity and flexibility through modularity

April 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ila Fiete

Ila Fiete is an Associate Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive
Sciences and the McGovern Institute at MIT. Her group seeks to understand
why the brain contains particular codes, how the architecture and dynamics of
neural circuits shape such codes, and how neural circuit dynamics perform
desired computations that unfold over time. They are specifically interested in
how the brain learns, holds memories, integrates, and performs cognitive
inference and reasoning. They use analytical and computational tools, and
their approach includes working closely with collaborators on specific
experimental systems.
Ila Fiete obtained her Ph.D. at Harvard, under the guidance of Sebastian
Seung (then at MIT). Her postdoctoral work was at the Kavli Institute for
Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara, and at Caltech, where she was a Broad
Fellow. She subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Texas at
Austin in the Center for Learning and Memory . Ila Fiete is an HHMI Faculty
Scholar . She has been a CIFAR Senior Fellow, a McKnight Scholar , an ONR
Young Investigator , an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and a Searle
Scholar .