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What drew you to UT Austin?

UT Austin has a diverse and lovely community who are actively doing research on various aspects of the relationship between the brain and intelligence. The university has a very strong computational and systems neuroscience community here, in particular when it comes to learning, memory and vision research. There are two big research centers here — the Center for Perceptual Systems and the Center for Learning and Memory — which align very well with my own research. For example, one of my research interests is to understand the connection between the structure of the natural environment we live in and how we perceive things. This is also a central part of the research in CPS. In fact, a lot of the work that fundamentally shaped our current understanding on these questions was conducted here at UT. I think it is fair to say that I grew up by reading a lot of the research and science produced here at UT, so it's definitely a dream come true to have my home lab here.

I think it's fair to say that I grew up by reading a lot of the research and science produced here at UT, so it's definitely a pleasure, a dream come true, to be able to have my home lab here.

by Xie-Xin Wei

What impacts do you hope to make on the field during your time at UT Austin?

My hope is that my work can have an impact in two ways. First, from the point of view of basic science, I want to better understand the connection between the neural machinery in the brain and the outputs of the brain. If my research could be seen by people and help them clarify some of the puzzles they are thinking about on a daily basis, to me that already is very important. The second aspect is that I think it's important to study artificial intelligence and the brain, biological intelligence, together. I hope that revealing the basic mechanisms of the brain can inspire us to build more robust AI so that we can solve more challenging real-world problems. We still have a long way to go, but I think we will eventually get there.

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