Virtual Neuroscience with The Learning Salon

Scott Sterrett In the Zoom era and under the restrictions of COVID-19, the neuroscience community has found creative ways to transform lectures, seminars, conferences, and even summer schools to online experiences. The adversity has also led to the invention of some entirely new platforms. One exciting virtual forum that started this fall is The Learning Salon, a weekly discussion which explores “bridges and contentions in biological and artificial learning”. UW CNC Co-Director [...]

CNC awarded an NSF AccelNet grant to establish an international collaborative network accelerating computational neuroscience research

The UW Computational Neuroscience Center, led by Drs Adrienne Fairhall (UW Physiology and Biophysics) and Eric Shea-Brown (UW Applied Mathematics), has received an NSF AccelNet award to build an international network of universities and industrial partners to accelerate research at the interface between neuroscience and artificial intelligence. Deeper understanding of brain algorithms and the cellular mechanisms that implement them have the possibility of suggesting novel approaches to artificial intelligence. This collaborative network connects [...]

Oct 20: Author Ted Chiang will present in the Neuroscience, AI, and Society seminar series

The CNC is excited to announce local author Ted Chiang will speak in the next installment of our Neuroscience, AI, and Society seminar series. Ted is an award-winning science fiction author, known for his short stories focused on humanity's relationship to technology and scientific discovery. His short story "Story of Your Life" was adapted into the movie Arrival.   Ted will speak on "Reasoning about the Body". The talk will be held remotely [...]

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 [...]