NeuroTheory

Oxford Neurotheory is a collaborative effort between several departments at the University of Oxford to study theoretical and computational neuroscience.

Our departmental affiliations include the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, the Department of Experimental Psychology, the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the Mathematical Institute, and the Department of Statistics.

We host a bi-weekly seminar series dubbed the Oxford Neurotheory Forum, which features talks on a wide array of topics in brain science and machine learning.

Upcoming Seminars

Visit Neurotheory website for more details on the upcoming seminars.

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2017 Seminars


  • Dr. Andrew Saxe, Harvard University, A theory of the dynamics of deep learning: Consequences for semantic development, MON 11 DECEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Matthew Botvinick, DeepMind and Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London, Prefrontal cortex as a meta-reinforcement learning system, WED 29 NOVEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Willem Wybo, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne EPFL, Dynamic compartmentalization in dendrites enables branch-specific learning, FRI 24 NOVEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Jeff Moehlis, University of California, Santa Barbara, Controlling Populations of Neurons, WED 22 NOVEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Dan Goodman, Imperial College London, What is simplicity in a complex auditory world?, WED 15 NOVEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Jochen Braun, Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Continuous visual inference and hierarchical attractor dynamics, WED 01 NOVEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Thomas Nowotny, University of Sussex, Biophysical model of the olfactory system of honey bees predicts qualitatively different responses to mixtures, WED 11 OCTOBER 2017
  • Dr. Gaute Einevoll, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of Oslo, What can we learn from local field potentials (LFPs) recorded in the brain?, WED 27 SEPTEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Jonathan Rubin, University of Pittsburgh, Basal ganglia activity: The good the bad and the depressed, THU 21 SEPTEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Danilo Jimenez Rezende, DeepMind, Approximate Inference and Deep Generative Models, WED 13 SEPTEMBER 2017
  • Dr. Josh Berke, UC San Francisco, Rethinking Reward: Dopamine Signals in Learning and Motivation, WED 05 JULY 2017
  • Dr. Mark Humphries, University of Manchester, A Spiral Attractor Network Drives Rhythmic Locomotion in Aplysia, THU 29 JUNE 2017
  • Dr. David Kastner, UCSF, Mechanism underlying the retinal computation of predictive sensitization, THU 22 JUNE 2017
  • Dr. Simon Schultz, Imperial College London, Optical Tools for Dissecting Neural Information Processing, WED 14 JUNE 2017
  • Dr. Ingo Bojak, University of Reading, Towards state and parameter estimation in neural populations models (of anaesthesia), WED 17 MAY 2017
  • Dr. Christian Machens, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Efficient codes and balanced networks, TUE 16 MAY 2017
  • Dr. Kyle Wedgwood, University of Exeter, Riding the waves in spiking neural networks, THU 11 MAY 2017
  • Dr. Alexander Pouget, University of Geneva, The Agony of Choice: Optimal Policies for Value-based Decision Making, WED 10 MAY 2017
  • Dr. Nicolangelo Iannella, University of Nottingham, STDP balance and morphology influences the appearance of the dendritic mosaic, WED 26 APRIL 2017
  • Dr. Yann Sweeney, Imperial College London, Diverse population coupling ensures robust yet flexible stimulus representation in a recurrent network model of perceptual learning, WED 05 APRIL 2017
  • Dr. Xiao-Jing Wang, New York University Shanghai, What does it mean to build a large-scale brain circuit model?, WED 29 MARCH 2017
  • Dr. Thomas E. Nichols, University of Warwick, Large Scale Evaluation of Random Field Theory Inference in fMRI, FRI 17 MARCH 2017
  • Dr. Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, University of Cambridge, Testing complex brain-computational models to understand how the brain works, WED 15 MARCH 2017
  • Dr. Grace Lindsay, Columbia University, Modeling Neural and Performance Correlates of Attention, WED 15 FEBRUARY 2017
  • Dr. Tiago Pereira, Imperial College London, Dynamics of hubs: emergent behaviour and phase transitions, THU 26 JANUARY 2017
  • Dr. Stephen Coombes, University of Nottingham, Next generation neural field modelling, WED 11 JANUARY 2017

2016 Seminars


  • Dr. Michael Spratling, Kings College London, Predictive coding as a model of cortical function, WED 14 DECEMBER 2016
  • Dr. Ben Torben-Nielsen, University of Hertfordshire, Neuronal computation: A tale of dendritic structure and function, WED 23 NOVEMBER 2016
  • Dr. Dane Corneil, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Preplay and path planning in maze-like environments with attractor networks, WED 16 NOVEMBER 2016
  • Dr. Tara Keck, University College London, Spatial scales of homeostatic plasticity in mouse visual cortex, WED 19 OCTOBER 2016
  • Dr. Tim O’Leary, University of Cambridge, Reconciling flexible neuromodulation, variability and regulatory control in neurons, WED 21 SEPTEMBER 2016
  • Dr. Alex Seeholzer, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, A mean-field theory for drift-diffusion dynamics of spiking continuous attractor models, WED 17 AUGUST 2016
  • Dr. Bob Wilson, University of Arizona, Information seeking and randomness drive human exploration, WED 22 JUNE 2016
  • Dr. Angela Yu, University of California San Diego, A Decision-Theoretic Framework for Active Cognition, MON 20 JUNE 2016
  • Dr. Matthias Munk, Technical University Darmstadt, Neural Dynamics in Prefrontal Cortex: Ensemble Codes, Oscillatory Structure and Avalanches during short-term memory, MON 13 JUNE 2016
  • Dr. Cian O’Donnell, University of Bristol, Multidimensional imbalances in excitation/inhibition in Fragile-X Syndrome, WED 18 MAY 2016
  • Dr. Jill O’Reilly, University of Oxford, Control of entropy in internal models, WED 04 MAY 2016
  • Dr. Shaul Druckmann, Janelia Research Campus, Relating Circuit Dynamics to Computation: Robustness and Dimension-specific Computation in Cortical Dynamics, MON 25 APRIL 2016
  • Dr. Eleni Vasilaki, University of Sheffield, Emergence of connectivity motifs via the interaction of long-term and sort-term plasticity, WED 06 APRIL 2016
  • Dr. Andreas Herz, LMU Munich, Decoding the population activity of grid cells for spatial localization and goal-directed navigation, WED 16 MARCH 2016
  • Dr. Thomas Akam, University of Oxford, Optogenetic silencing of anterior cingulate cortex disrupts model-based reinforcement learning in mice, TUE 15 MARCH 2016
  • Dr. Keren Haroush, Harvard University, Neuronal underpinnings of social interaction, THU 10 MARCH 2016
  • Dr. Pablo Jercog, IDIBAPS and Cellex Inst., Barcelona, Time dependent spatial information carried by the neural population in hippocampal area CA1 during familiarization, WED 02 MARCH 2016
  • Dr. Leslie Griffith, Brandeis University, A single pair of neurons links sleep to memory consolidation in Drosophila melanogaster, WED 17 FEBRUARY 2016
  • Dr. James Whittington, University of Oxford, Learning in cortical networks through error back-propagation, WED 10 FEBRUARY 2016
  • Dr. Peter Latham, Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL, Probabilistic Synapses, WED 27 JANUARY 2016
  • Dr. Greg Wayne, Deep Mind, Differentiable Neural Computers for Memory-Based Control, WED 13 JANUARY 2016

2015 Seminars


    • Dr. Sophie Deneve, Ecole Normale Superieure, Learning to represent signals spike by spike, WED 16 DECEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Claudia Clopath, Imperial College, Broad inhibitory tuning shaped by synaptic plasticity with homeostasis, WED 02 DECEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Mate Lengyel, University of Cambridge, Adaptation to natural input statistics: a key to dendritic computation and plasticity, TUE 24 NOVEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Pedro Goncalves, Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, UCL, Dynamics of an oculomotor integrator revealed by instantaneous optogenetic perturbations, WED 18 NOVEMBER 2015
    • Dr. James Bennett, University of Oxford, Patterning of receptive fields by spatiotemporally inseparable correlations and STDP, WED 11 NOVEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Arvind Kumar, KTH Royal Institute of Technology/University of Freiburg, Closed-loop feedback control for spiking neuronal network dynamics, WED 04 NOVEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Paul Brodersen, University of Oxford, How does the topology of neuronal network change during spatial learning?, WED 14 OCTOBER 2015
    • Dr. Kishore Kuchibhotla, New York University, Cholinergic switching conveys behavioral context by controlling cortical inhibition, MON 28 SEPTEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Piotr Suffczynski, University of Warsaw, Modelling seizure transitions with neuronal and ionic dynamics, WED 16 SEPTEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Sen Song, Tsinghua University, Attentional Neural Network: Feature Selection Using Cognitive Feedback, FRI 11 SEPTEMBER 2015
    • Dr. Alex Cayco Gajic, University College London, Coordinated neural activity: mechanistic origins and impact on stimulus coding, WED 08 JULY 2015
    • Dr. Yashar Ahmadian, Columbia University, Contextual modulation of gamma rhythms in inhibition stabilized cortical networks, MON 06 JULY 2015
    • Dr. Michael Okun, University College London, Diverse coupling of neurons to populations in sensory cortex, WED 24 JUNE 2015
    • Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, University of Toronto/Google, Deep Learninγ, FRI 19 JUNE 2015
    • Dr. John Mikhael, University of Oxford, Learning Reward Uncertainty in the Basal Ganglia, WED 27 MAY 2015
    • Dr. Carlos Stein N. Brito, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne EPFL, Theory of synaptic plasticity for receptive field development, WED 13 MAY 2015
    • Dr. Guillaume Hennequin, University of Cambridge, Inhibition-stabilized balanced dynamics account for stimulus-induced changes of noise variability in the cortex, THU 07 MAY 2015
    • Dr. Ali Neishabouri, Imperial College London, Noise and other constraints on the design of neural fibres, WED 08 APRIL 2015
    • Dr. Rafal Bogacz, University of Oxford, A tutorial on the free-energy model of perception and learning, WED 18 FEBRUARY 2015
    • Dr. Friedemann Zenke, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne EPFL, Memory formation and recall in spiking neural networks, WED 04 FEBRUARY 2015
    • Dr. Alejo Nevado-Holgado, University of Oxford, Model-guided analysis of beta band oscillations in the basal ganglia, WED 21 JANUARY 2015
    • Dr. Patrick Simen, Oberlin College, Interval timing and decision making with an opponent Poisson diffusion model, FRI 09 JANUARY 2015
    • Dr. Adam Ponzi, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Edge of chaos in the striatum and for temporal expectation, WED 07 JANUARY 2015

2014 Seminars


    • Dr. Hayriye Cagnan, University of Oxford, Phase specific stimulation of tremor oscillators, WED 10 DECEMBER 2014
    • Dr. Mark Humphries, University of Manchester, Tonic dopamine’s control of the exploration-exploitation trade-off, WED 26 NOVEMBER 2014
    • Dr. Alvaro Tejero-Cantero, University of Oxford, Automatic brain state discovery from multivariate LFP time series, WED 12 NOVEMBER 2014
    • Dr. Tim Behrens, University of Oxford, Can we look at neuronal and synaptic computations in humans? And why should we want to, WED 29 OCTOBER 2014
    • Dr. Blake Richards, University of Toronto, Memories are not formed in a vacuum: how multiple memories are combined during consolidation, THU 16 OCTOBER 2014
    • Dr. Bilal Haider, University College London, Synaptic inhibition regulates cortical activity in vivo, WED 15 OCTOBER 2014
    • Dr. Adam Packer, University College London, All-optical manipulation and recording of neural circuit activity in vivo, WED 01 OCTOBER 2014
    • Dr. Guillaume Hennequin, University of Cambridge, From dynamics to statistics: Trial-average trajectories and across-trial variability of cortical responses, WED 17 SEPTEMBER 2014
    • Dr. Brent Doiron, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, Formation of neuronal assemblies and their maintenance during spontaneous cortical activity, TUE 10 JUNE 2014
    • Dr. Tim Vogels, CNCB, University of Oxford, Connection-type specific biases make uniform random network models consistent with cortical recordings, WED 28 MAY 2014
    • Dr. Bill Podlaski, CNCB, University of Oxford, Learning sensory representations with retroaxonal feedback, WED 16 APRIL 2014
    • Dr. Christian Pozzorini, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne EPFL, Adaptive coding in single neurons, WED 02 APRIL 2014
    • Dr. Marius Usher, Dept. of Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Absolute vs relative decisions: Contrasting choice models via controlled evidence manipulation, WED 19 MARCH 2014
    • Dr. Timothy Lillicrap, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, Random feedback weights support learning in deep neural networks, WED 05 MARCH 2014
    • Dr. Ben Willmore, Biomedical Science, University of Oxford, Gain control in the auditory system, WED 19 FEBRUARY 2014
    • Dr. Akihiro Eguchi, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Modelling the development of object shape representations in V4 and TEO, WED 05 FEBRUARY 2014
    • Dr. Shamik Dasgupta, CNCB, University of Oxford, Models of decision making in fruit flies, WED 22 JANUARY 2014
    • Dr. Rui Ponte Costa, Inst. for Adaptive and Neural Computation, University of Edinburgh, Pre and post-synaptic plasticity in local cortical circuits, WED 08 JANUARY 2014
    • Dr. Christine Constantinople, Princeton University, Thalamic drive of deep cortical layers, THU 02 JANUARY 2014
    • Dr. Rob Froemke, NYU School of Medicine, Cortical plasticity improves sensory perception, THU 02 JANUARY 2014

2013 Seminars


  • Dr. Rafal Bogacz, Div. of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, Do we have Bayes theorem hard-wired in the basal ganglia?, WED 11 DECEMBER 2013
  • Dr. Daniel Walters, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Accurate path integration of head direction: mechanisms for updating a packet of neural activity at the correct speed, WED 27 NOVEMBER 2013
  • Dr. Chris Summerfield, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Adaptation and prediction in perceptual categorisation, WED 13 NOVEMBER 2013