Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience was recently established at the University of Waterloo. The Centre is a growing research initiative of the University. The Centre consists of several labs focused on various areas of theoretical neuroscience (aka computational neuroscience). At present, the Centre consists of faculty members from Applied Mathematics, Biology, Psychology, Engineering, Philosophy, Statistics, Computer Science, and their students. The Centre has established a unique Graduate Program in theoretical neuroscience and hosts a regular academic colloquium series. The Centre also hosts the annual public Waterloo Brain Day lectures.

  1. Aug. 15, 2016International Conference on Cognitive Modeling 2016

    A small contingent of the CNRG (Computational Neuroscience Research Group) presented their work at ICCM (International Conference on Cognitive Modeling) this year.

    Peter Duggins gave a talk on the effects of drugs (Guanfacine and Phenylephrine) on a spiking neuron model of working memory. [Paper]

  2. Aug. 11, 2016CNRG at CogSci 2016 in Philadelphia

    An excellent turnout this year from the CNRG (Computational Neuroscience Research Group) at the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Philadelphia.

    Ivana Kajic presented an approach towards cognitively realistic representations of word associations using the Remote Associates Task. [Paper]

  3. Apr. 15, 2016The Communitech Podcast: Chris Eliasmith has a brain in a box

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Waterloo researchers among top in Canada

Chris Eliasmith writing on a whiteboardChris Eliasmith, Director of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience, received the prestigious John C. Polanyi Award  and is also an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

How to Build a Brain

Chris Eliasmith’s team at the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience has built Spaun, the world’s largest simulation of a functioning brain. The related book is now available and for the full article Waterloo Stories.


This is a collection of coverage of work with Nengo (Neural Engineering Objects) that has appeared in the popular press recently.