The Mehta Family Centre for Engineering in Medicine

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

MFCEM Dialogues #9


Prof. Mriganka Sur, Newton Professor of Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 24th Feb, 2024


Title: How the brain works: Neuroscience and next-generation AI

The MFCEM Dialogue is an interactive event that includes a short presentation by the speaker, aimed at a wide audience, followed by an extended interaction session with the speaker, covering new developments in the field and the speaker’s experiences.

Dr. Mriganka Sur is the Newton Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT.

Dr. Sur studies the organization, plasticity and dynamics of the cerebral cortex of the brain using experimental and theoretical approaches. His laboratory has identified gene networks underlying cortical plasticity, and pioneered high resolution imaging methods to study cells, synapses and circuits of the intact brain.

The impact of these discoveries, ranges from understanding dysregulation in brain disorders to brain architectures for next-generation AI.

Dr. Sur received B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

Dr Sur has received numerous awards and honors, such as the Krieg Cortical Discoverer Prize. At MIT, and the Sherman Fairchild and Newton Chairs. He is an elected Fellow of many prestigious Academies, including the Royal Society of the UK, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering to name some

Prof. Mriganka Sur was conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2002 from IIT Kanpur.


The Bhupat & Jyoti Mehta Family Foundation

MFCEM at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is generously supported by the Mehta Family Foundation.

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