Anil K Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (www.sussex.ac.uk/sackler). He is also Co-director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Azrieli Program on Mind, Brain, and Consciousness, a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, and he was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section).
Research in his group integrates consciousness science with computational and cognitive neuroscience, with application in both psychiatry/neurology and artificial intelligence. He is Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press) and was overall Conference Chair of the 16th Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC16, 2012). He has published more than 150 academic papers in a variety of fields, and he holds degrees in Natural Sciences (MA, Cambridge, 1994), Knowledge-Based Systems (M.Sc., Sussex, 1996) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (D.Phil., Sussex, 2000). He was also a postdoctoral and associate fellow at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego (2001-2006).
For a good overview, see his TED talk (recorded in Vancouver in 2017) or listen to his conversation with Sam Harris on the Waking Up podcast (Jan 2018). There’s also an interview on BBC’s The Life Scientific, with Jim Al-Khalili (2015), and his introductory essay on consciousness on Aeon.co – The Real Problem – a 2016 Editor’s Pick.
His research is, and has been, supported by the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the EPSRC (Leadership Fellowship), the ERC, the Wellcome Trust, and CIFAR.
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