Chris 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.
Theoretical neuroscience is the quantitative study of neurobiological systems using the tools of information theory, signal processing, control theory, machine learning, and dynamic systems theory. It is concerned with issues of neural representation, neural architecture, learning, nonlinear systems, and complexity as they relate to understanding the uniquely flexible and effective behaviours of humans and animals.
At the University of Waterloo, we have created the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN) to concentrate interfaculty expertise into an officially recognized research strength of the University. The Centre is currently setting up a graduate program, colloquia and workshops as well as supporting the research described in the affiliated lab webpages. Research opportunities at the Centre are usually arranged via the member labs.
For more information on affiliated labs' research, please see the lab descriptions.