Abstract: Living systems often attempt to calculate and predict the future state of the environment. Given the stochastic nature of many biological systems, how is that possible? I will show that even a system as complicated as the immune system has reproducible observables. Yet predicting the future state of a complex environment requires weighing the trust in new observations against prior experiences. In this light, I will present a view of the adaptive immune system as a dynamic Bayesian machinery that updates its memory repertoire by balancing evidence from new pathogen encounters against past experience of infection to predict and prepare for future threats.
Noyce Conference Room
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Aleksandra Walczak (Ecolé Normale Supérieure)
Our campus is closed to the public for this event.
Andy Rominger and Jacopo Grilli