Artificial Intelligence Scholar Jeff Hawkins to Speak at Case Western Reserve University

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University announced today that Jeff Hawkins, co-founder of companies such as Palm and Handspring, and author of On Intelligence, will be the featured speaker at the semi-annual Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lectureship Series on March 31, 2009 in Cleveland. The program “Hierarchical Temporal Memory: How a theory of the neocortex may lead to truly intelligent machines” is free and open to the public. Hawkins has pioneered the development of a technology platform based on his theories of how the human brain processes information.

Hawkins has long fought the idea that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is simply a matter of programming and mathematics. He continues to seek first to understand how human intelligence works and then move forward from there. His theory, called Hierarchical Temporal Memory, explains how the hierarchical structure of the neocortex builds a model of its world and uses this model for inference and prediction.

The lecture is scheduled from 4:30 – 5:30 on March 31, 2009 at the Wolstein Auditorium on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. For more information, visit


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