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GradinaruGradinaru Selected as a Moore Inventor Fellow
Viviana Gradinaru (BS '05)—assistant professor of biology and biological engineering, Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator, and director of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at Caltech's Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience—has been named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Moore Inventor Fellows program awards $825,000 over three years to "early-career innovators at U.S. universities with a high potential to accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care," according to the program website. [Caltech story] 11.07.17

Five from Caltech Receive NIH BRAIN Grants
Five Caltech researchers have received funding for three projects from the National Institutes of Health's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. [Caltech story] 10.23.17

Athanassios SiapasCaltech Celebrates 30 Years of its Computation and Neural Systems Option
Computation and Neural Systems (CNS) at Caltech explores the relationship between the physical structure of a computational system and the dynamics of its operation, as well as the computational problems that it can efficiently solve. At the symposium Professor Pietro Perona told the audience, despite CNS's success, its faculty members never rest on their laurels; they regularly reevaluate whether to continue the option and how to evolve its scope to keep it intellectually vibrant. Professor Carver Mead remarked, “I think it's true that the fields we bring together in CNS really do synergize. The goals aren't so different. Because to build something you have to understand it. And if you understand it, you can build it. That's a saying that Dick Feynman got from me." [Caltech story]

Stephen DolbierComputation and Neural Systems student Stephen Dolbier, mentored by Professor Antonio Rangel, is a recipient of the 2017 Henry Ford II Scholar Award. He is working on a project that uses eye-tracking to predict human decision making. This summer, he will be a data science intern at Quotient Technology Inc.. The Henry Ford II Scholar Award is funded under an endowment provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The award is made annually to engineering students with the best academic record at the end of the third year of undergraduate study. 05.15.17

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How does the brain compute? Can we endow machines with brain-like computational capability? Faculty and students in the CNS program ask these questions with the goal of understanding the brain and designing systems that show the same degree of autonomy and adaptability as biological systems. Disciplines such as neurobiology, electrical engineering, computer science, physics, statistical machine learning, control and dynamical systems analysis, and psychophysics contribute to this understanding. The unifying theme is the relationship between the physical structure of a computational system (molecular, neuronal, or electronic hardware), the dynamics of its operation, and the computational problems that it can efficiently solve.

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A good choice involves rapidly combining both value and visual information. Here, the fly chooses the food reward offered by the salient flower, but pays a devastating price falling prey to the camouflaged crab spider

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