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Jeffrey Bowers awarded an ERC Advanced grant of 2.5 million euros

29 March 2017

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Jeffrey Bowers an ERC Advanced grant, these grants support exceptional, professorial-level research leaders in undertaking ground-breaking, high-impact research project

Professor Jeffrey Bowers has been awarded an ERC Advanced grant for 2.5 million euros entitled “Generalisation in Mind and Machine”. The grant explores how well artificial neural networks can support human performance in a range of tasks, from object and word identification to playing games.  According to many theories of cognition, most current computational models of the mind will fail on tasks that require difficult forms of generalisation because these networks lack symbolic capacities. The grant will put this to the test in order to assess whether symbolic representations are indeed needed to explain human cognition. 

Jeffrey is one of four Bristol academics to receive the European Research Council’s Advanced Grant. These grants are awarded to established academics who have a track-record of significant research achievements and the sole criterion for these grants is excellence.

"The fact that four University of Bristol academics have been awarded such significant grants is testament to the exceptional nature of their research, and reinforces the University of Bristol’s position at the forefront of ground-breaking research," said Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research

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