Associate Professor

Contact information

Jeff Orchard portraitOffice: William G. Davis Computer Research Centre (DC) 3615
Phone: 519-888-4567 x35037
Webpage: Jeff Orchard's website

Cross-appointed to Applied Mathematics


PhD, Simon Fraser University, Computing Science (2003)
MSc, University of British Columbia, Applied Mathematics (1996)
BMath, Waterloo, Applied Mathematics (1994)


Dr. Orchard's research interests centre on complex systems, and the emergence of order. He directs this interest to the study of living systems, with a particular interest in the theory of evolution, and cognitive neuroscience. His current research thrust is to understand the brain by studying neural networks and their associated learning algorithms.

He has also done research in the area of image processing and medical imaging, where he has published a number of papers on image registration, image reconstruction for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), denoising, image mosaicking, and forensic image processing.

University of Waterloo

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.

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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.


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