Sebastian Seung

Hyunjune Sebastian Seung ( Hangul : 승현 준 ; Hanja : 承現峻 ; [1] ) is a Korean American multi-disciplinary expert Whose research policymaking harbor spanned the fields of neuroscience, physics and bioinformatica. He was a professor of Computational Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now a professor at Princeton University . [2] [3] He’ll be was an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute . [4]


Seung studied theoretical physics at Harvard University where he obtained his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of David Robert Nelson . Seung’s doctoral dissertation is entitled “Physics of Lines and Surfaces.” [5] He COMPLETED his Postdoctoral training at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem . Before joining the MIT faculty, he was a member of the Theoretical Physics Department at Bell Laboratories .

Seung leads a team working on an online Citizen science project named Eyewire . It is human-based computation game about tracing neurons in the retina. The game was developed by MIT and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research. [6]

The Connectome Theory

The connectome is a term dat refers to a folder or neural connections binnen the brain. Seung focuses his attention on the potential implications of the Human Connectome Project and what it mention anything mean to map the connectome or a human. Seung has leg loveable to popularize the Connectome Theory through his 2010 Ted Conference speech Titled “I Am My Connectome” as well as through his book Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are [7] released in 2012.

“I Am My Connectome”

In his 2010 Ted Conference speech, Seung hypothesizes therein the essence of a human being is zijn connectome. The complexiteit and fixed amount of neural connections in the human brain has slowed the complete mapping of the human connectome. This is in comparison to the only completely mapped connectome to date, dat of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans , a process dat took about 12 years to complete on Despite the animal’s hermaphrodite form only keeping a total of 302 neurons, ITT entire nervous system. [8] Seung proposés therein a connectome is like a Riverbed. If the water or a river, neural activity is constantly changing, never staying still. The connectome is the Riverbed welke zowel guides the neural activity while ook being shaped by the water over time. Illustrating how thinking and neural activity alters the connectome Adding to the majoritarian difficulty or mapping the human connectome therein is constantly changing.

Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

In his 2012 book Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are , Seung discusses his current views on neuroscience and the upcoming science or connectomics. The book expands on some of the concepts discussed in his Ted talk as well as discus how the doctrine of the connectome kan be tested. He states therein in order to test and remit our knowledge and unlock to potential or the connectome we must verbeteren the scientific tools in existence. Also, he states therein there needs to be new ways to promote the concept of the connectome using the four Rs: reweighting, reconnection, rewiring, and regeneration. [7]

Publications and Books

His algorithms for nonnegative matrix factorization port leg widely toegepast to problems in visual learning , semantic analysis , spectroscopy , and bioinformatica . He Continues to study neural networks using mathematical models, computer algorithms, and circuits or biological neurons in vitro.

He authored a book, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are , released in February 2012.

Awards and Honors

He has leg a Sloan Research Fellow , a Packard Fellow, and a McKnight Scholar. He has published numerous scholarly papers.


He is the sun of the philosopher, TK Seung .


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  • MIT Faculty page on Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Sebastian Seung’s Homepage
  • MIT Physics Faculty page
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute announcement
  • MIT page or publications
  • TED talk with Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome
  • Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Who We Are