The Donald Hoffman talk about consciousness discusses neuroscience. The speaker currently works as a professor of cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine in the School of Social Sciences. He is also a professor of philosophy in the School of Humanities at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. He himself was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained his PhD in 1983.
He is particularly interested in machine and human vision, visual recognition, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, consciousness and cognition (which was pondered at length in the Donald Hoffman talk) as well as shape from motion as areas of research. He is the author of three books: 'Visual Intelligence,' 'Observer Mechanics' and 'Automotive Lighting and Human Vision.'