Kenji Doya Receives 2018 Donald O. Hebb Award

The award recognizes Professor Kenji Doya’s achievements in developing artificial neural networks.

AsianScientist (Aug. 24, 2018) – Professor Kenji Doya of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) has received the Donald O. Hebb Award from the International Neural Network Society for his lifetime contribution to the field of neural networks.

The Donald O. Hebb Award recognizes outstanding achievements in biological learning. This year’s award was presented to Doya at the World Congress on Computational Intelligence 2018 in Rio de Janeiro in July.

A graduate of the University of Tokyo, Doya has conducted research at the University of California, San Diego, the Salk Institute and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International.

Doya is the leader of OIST’s Neural Computation Unit, and his work bridges the worlds of artificial intelligence and neurobiology. His research interests revolve around the role of striatal neurons in reinforcement learning, serotonin signaling in the reward pathway of the brain and dynamic Bayesian inference in the cerebral cortex.

“This couldn’t have been accomplished without the hard work of our lab members, and I greatly appreciate them,” said Doya. “The flexible internal funding at OIST, as well as the quality research support, was just as essential for starting those de novo research projects and getting them done.”

As a winner of the award, Doya joins an esteemed rank of scientists, which include Professor Christoph von der Malsburg, who pioneered unsupervised feature learning; Professor Bernard Widrow, who build the foundations of supervised error-gradient learning; and Professor Andrew G. Barto, who broke new ground in the field of reinforcement learning.


Source: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
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