CNC Thesis Defense: Matt Farrell

Applied Mathematics graduate student Matthew Farrell, mentored by Eric Shea-Brown recently successfully defended his thesis, focused on the behavior of artificial neural networks. These networks form representations of input data and transform these representations gradually over stages, such as the layers of a deep neural network. Matt investigated how the structure of these representations changes over these stages and what drives these changes. Dr. Farrell plans to continue his research as a postdoctoral [...]

Swartz Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships – new call for applications

The University of Washington Computational Neuroscience Center is seeking applications for a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. Fellows will join the vibrant, collaborative UW theoretical neuroscience community. This fellowship provides the unique opportunity to work with any of the CNC’s faculty members, with the freedom to design and develop projects and new collaborations. Participating faculty members’ research includes theory, computation and data analysis, and members interact extensively with colleagues [...]

Graduate Training Program Applications due August 21

We are happy to announce that applications for 2020 admission to our graduate training programs is now open! The Computational Neuroscience Graduate Training Program provides 1 year of funding to students working in theoretical and computational neuroscience. You must be a current UW PhD student to apply. This year, we unfortunately only have training slots for US citizens and permanent residents. For more information and the application, please visit the CNTG page. Applications [...]

Juneteenth Statement

On this Juneteenth, the CNC acknowledges the deep and enduring impact of systemic anti-Black racism across society and the urgency of overcoming it. We stand against the racism and violence that has taken the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many more Black Americans. We pledge to do the work needed in our own community to address and counter racism. Black Lives Matter.

CNC Thesis Defenses: Charlie Fieseler

Physics graduate student Charlie Fieseler, mentored by CNC theorist Nathan Kutz, recently successfully defended his thesis on neuronal dynamics in the model organism C. elegans. Taking advantage of the experimental insight into  behavioral encoding of the neuronal activity and the underlying structural circuits in C. elegans, Fieseler proposed a framework for C. elegans neuronal dynamics from a control theory perspective. The model suggested a core dynamic system that produced simple signals, which were [...]

CNC and Allen Institute for Brain Science Connectomics Workshop

On October 29 and 30, the CNC is hosting a joint workshop, From connectome to model, with the Allen Institute for Brain Science, supported by the Swartz Foundation through the UW Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. The schedule is below. October 29 Center for Neural Technology (UW Gates Center CSE2 Room 382) 9:00am Opening talk from Clay Reid 10:00am Nathan Kutz 10:30am Srini Turaga 11:00am Shaul Druckmann 11:30am Stefan Mihalas 12:00pm Lunch 1:00pm [...]