Computational Learning and Memory Group Welcome Trust Investigator Award

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Máté Lengyel Máté Lengyel is a reader (equiv. US associate professor) in computational neuroscience at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Previously, he studied biology for his MSc and neurobiology for his PhD at Eötvös University, Budapest, while working in the computational neuroscience lab of Péter Érdi. He was then a postdoc with Peter Dayan at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL, followed by a visiting research fellowship at the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study. He studies learning and memory from computational, algorithmic/representational and neurobiological viewpoints. He also maintains an active interest in the possible computational functions of neural oscillations, particularly those present in the hippocampus and neocortex.

Sina Tootoonian Sina Tootoonian joined the group as a postdoc in 2012. He did his PhD on data analysis and modeling of the locust olfactory system in the lab of Gilles Laurent at Caltech and at the MPI for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. He is interested in normative models of olfactory processing.

Guillaume Hennequin Guillaume Hennequin joined the group as a postdoc in 2012 on a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He holds a PhD in computational neuroscience from the EPFL where he studied in the lab of Wulfram Gerstner. Guillaume is interested in the dynamics of balanced cortical circuits, and how these support complex computations. He also maintains an active interest in synaptic plasticity.

Johannes Friedrich Johannes Friedrich joined the group as a postdoc in 2013 on a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He obtained his PhD at the University of Bern where he studied in the computational neuroscience lab of Walter Senn. Previously, Johannes had studied physics at the Universities of Würzburg and Toronto. His current interests are in normative models of decision making in the face of uncertainty and the underlying mechanisms of synaptic plasticity.

David Barrett David Barrett joined the group as a postdoc in 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning from the Gatsby Unit at UCL (supervised by Peter Latham and Peter Dayan). Before coming to Cambridge, he held a joint-research position at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon. His work is at the interface of neural network theory, neural computation and disease. In particular, he is interested in the impact of neuron death on optimal computation and learning in balanced networks.

Dylan Festa Dylan Festa joined the group as a PhD student in 2012 after having obtained a Masters in Physics at the University of Pisa and worked as an Erasmus Scholar in Fred Wolf's Theoretical Neuroscience group at the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen.

Yan Wu Yan Wu joined the group as a PhD student in 2012. He has obtained an MSc at the University of Waterloo (with Chris Eliasmith and Matthijs van der Meer) and BEng in Software Engineering at Wuhan University (with Hengjin Cai). He is interested in learning and memory.

Ryutaro Tanno Ryutaro Tanno joined the group as an MPhil student (preceded by a summer internship) in 2014. He has obtained an MSc in Cambridge (Part III) and a BSc at Imperial College in Mathematics.

Affiliated

Neil Houlsby Neil Houlsby joined CBL in 2010 as a PhD student on a Google Europe Fellowship in Statistical Machine Learning after having obtained an MEng at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He is co-supervised by Zoubin Ghahramani and Máté Lengyel. He is currently working on the theory and application of Bayesian active learning.

Alumni

Balázs Ujfalussy, postdoc (2011-2013)
currently postdoc at MRC LMB with Tiago Branco

Cristina Savin, postdoc (2010-2013)
currently independent postdoc as an ISTFELLOW at IST Austria

Gergő Orbán, MSc, PhD (1998-2008), postdoc (Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow) (2010-2012)
currently group leader at Wigner Institute, Budapest, on a Momentum grant from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Jean-Pascal Pfister, postdoc (2008-2010)
currently group leader at the Department of Physiology, University of Bern, on an Ambizione grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation

DJ Strouse, MSc (Churchill Scholar) (2011-2012)
currently PhD student at Princeton

Ferenc Huszár, MSc (2007-2009)
currently data scientist at Balderton Capital

Collaborators

Richard Aslin, Dept Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Center for Visual Science, U Rochester
human psychophysics

Tiago Branco, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology
dendritic processing

Peter Dayan, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, UCL
computational theory

József Fiser, Dept Cognitive Science, Central European University
human psychophysics, in vivo ferret multiunit electriophysiology

Rik Henson, MRC Cognition and Brain Unit, Cambridge
human recognition memory

Judit Makara, Lab of Neuronal Signaling, Inst Experimental Medicine, Hun Acad Sci
in vitro dendritic processing

Ole Paulsen, Dept Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, U Cambridge
in vitro rat and mouse hippocampal and cortical circuit electrophysiology

Daniel Wolpert, Dept Engineering, U Cambridge
human psychophsyics, motor control

 
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