Section: Overall Objectives


NeuroMathComp focuses on the exploration of the brain from the mathematical and computational perspectives.

We want to unveil the principles that govern the functioning of neurons and assemblies thereof and to use our results to bridge the gap between biological and computational vision.

Our work is quite mathematical but we make heavy use of computers for numerical experiments and simulations. We have close ties with several top groups in biological neuroscience. We are pursuing the idea that the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" can be brought, as it has been in physics, to bear on neuroscience.

Computational neuroscience attempts to build models of neurons at a variety of levels, microscopic, i.e., the single neuron, the minicolumn containing of the order of one hundred or so neurons, mesoscopic, i.e., the macrocolumn containing of the order of 104-105 neurons, and macroscopic, i.e., a cortical area such as the primary visual area V1.

Modeling such assemblies of neurons and simulating their behavior involves putting together a mixture of the most recent results in neurophysiology with such advanced mathematical methods as dynamic systems theory, bifurcation theory, probability theory, stochastic calculus, theoretical physics and statistics, as well as the use of simulation tools.

We conduct research in the following main areas:

  1. Neural networks dynamics

  2. Mean-field approaches

  3. Neural fields

  4. Spike train statistics

  5. Synaptic plasticity

  6. Visual neuroscience

  7. Neuromorphic vision