When you donate to CIFAR, your investment goes further than you might realize.
CIFAR’s Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception (NCAP) program illustrates how: Yann LeCun, chair of the program’s advisory committee, recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the highly sought-after “learning algorithm of the brain.” He credits CIFAR for the project’s intellectual stimulus.
“The ideas that come up at CIFAR meetings have had a huge impact on the research community at large, and some of that has made its way to decision-makers at U.S. funding agencies,” says Dr. LeCun.
“NCAP was key on several levels,” he continues. “It made us talk to each other, it made us agree on what the important questions are, it helped us define our project, and it convinced the powers-that-be in the U.S. to fund our proposal.”
The financial support from the National Science Foundation is part of a four-year, $2 million project that aims to use computer models for how the visual system learns to recognize objects. This goal is very much in line with the NCAP program, which approaches the question using a unique mixture of mathematical insights, computer simulations and neuroscience experiments.
CIFAR depends on and is grateful to donors who support research programs such as NCAP. As the year comes to a close, we hope you will consider donating to CIFAR. You will be keeping Canada’s knowledge economy strong and helping to build a vibrant intellectual community, which helps train, recruit and retain world leading researchers.
Remember, you must make your donation before December 31st to receive a 2008 tax receipt.