Connectomics or computations: which is the better way to understand brain function? Advances in technology have spurred a revolution in connectomics, with several well-resourced
projects aimed at creating highly detailed maps of a variety of animal brains, down to the level
of individual neurons and their connections. This mirrors to some extent the sequencing
revolution in genetics twenty years ago, which promised emergent discoveries contingent on a
growing repository of complete genomes to compare. On the other hand, neither brains nor
genomes can be understood without good models of biological function, which do not
necessarily require the complete detail inherent in comprehensive mapping projects. Speakers in
this topic will explore the tensions and synergies between 'connectomic' and 'computational'
approaches to understanding the brain and behaviour.

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