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. Nov. 4, 2021All Four Brain Day Speakers Confirmed

    The speaker list for Brain Day 2022 is growing. Jeff Orchard has confirmed:

    1. Frances Egan, Rutgers (website)

    2. Jacqueline Gottlieb, Columbia (website)

    3. Viktor Jirsa, Aix-Marseille Universite, France (website)

    4. Lila Davachi,  Columbia (website)

    Please mark your calendar for April 6, 2022.

  2. Oct. 15, 2021New Course! Neural Networks

    CS 479 “Neural Networks” (cross listed as CS 679) is a new course to be offered for the first time Winter 2022. The course is developed by Jeff Orchard (CTN Core member). It was developed over 4 offerings of CS 489 (“Advanced topics in CS”), and should be of interest to undergraduates and graduates with interests in theoretical neuroscience.  For details and pre-requisites please consult cs479.

  3. Oct. 1, 2021Brain Day April 6, 2022
    silhouettes of people climbing an image of a brain

    Brain Day is coming back! Mark your calendars for April 6, 2022, as we begin our planning for a return to live Brain Days. The event will feature four speakers covering the range of philosophical, psychological, neuroscientific, and computational issues relevant for theoretical neuroscience.

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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.