University of Edinburgh Computational Systems Neuroscience Group


(starting from left) Jean-Luc, Tobias, Chris Ball, H., Giacomo, J., Annabelle, Philipp, Jim. Older pics: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005.

The Computational Systems Neuroscience Group is headed by Dr. James A. Bednar. Local members can get more information at our Wiki. We work on cortical modeling and related research, on modeling software development, or both:

Chris Ball, 2004-; UE MSc 2005
Chris has been involved in projects using LISSOM and Topographica in various roles since 2005, and is now doing his PhD on color map formation in V1.

Bachir Djelmami-Hani, 2015
MSc project: postnatal influence of the visual environment on the structure and connectivity of orientation maps.

Dario Miroli, 2014 - 2015
Honours project: investigating relationships between reaction-diffusion models and laterally connected incremental Hebbian models of the primary visual cortex (jointly supervised with Bartlomiej Waclaw, in Physics).

Nikolaos Papageorgiou, 2015
MSc project: modelling early map development in V1 driven by spontaneous retinal ganglion cell activity.

Ignotas Sulzenko, 2014 - 2015
Honours project: porting the core Topographica code to run on a GPGPU (general-purpose graphics processing unit).

Philipp Rudiger, 2011-; UE MSc 2011
Philipp is pursuing his PhD on the role of feedback and attention on processing in V1. For his Master's project, he developed stimulation software for two-photon imaging to build receptive fields for ferret V1 neurons, in collaboration with Stephen Van Hooser at Brandeis.

Jean-Luc Stevens, 2011-; UE MSc 2011
Jean-Luc is pursuing his PhD on spatiotemporal processing and prediction in V1, extending his Master's project on temporally calibrating the GCAL developmental model of orientation maps in V1.





PhD Alumni:

Jan Antolik, 2006-; UE PhD 2010
Jan completed his University of Edinburgh PhD thesis in Autumn 2010, focusing on the development of maps for complex cells and how these cells contribute to surround modulation in V1. He is now a postdoc with Yves Fregnac at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.

Judah De Paula, 2004-2007; UT PhD 2007
PhD project at the University of Texas: modeling the development of color maps in LISSOM, co-supervised by Risto Miikkulainen.
From January 2003 to May 2005, Judah was also a staff programmer on the Topographica project. He then moved to a staff programmer position at Enthought Scientific Computing Solutions.

Judith S. Law, 2005-2010 ; UE PhD 2009
PhD project: Understanding homeostasis, cortical microcircuitry, and species differences in visual cortical maps. She then moved to a postdoc position on the COLAMN project with Mark van Rossum at the University of Edinburgh.

Christopher Palmer, September 2005-November 2009; UE PhD 2009
PhD project: Understanding how the primary visual cortex maps spatial and frequency preferences topographically and across the laminae of V1.

Marina Papoutsi, November 2004-May 2009; UE PhD 2009
PhD project: understanding the topographic organization of Broca's area in the context of language processing, using fMRI equipment at the laboratory of Barry Horwitz at the US National Institutes of Health. She is currently a postdoc at the University of Cambridge Centre for Speech, Language, and the Brain.

Stuart P. Wilson, May 2007 - August 2011; UE MSc 2007; Sheffield PhD 2011
After his UE MSc project on modeling the development of rodent whisker barrel cortex maps for angular deflection, Stuart did a joint PhD in the same area between UE and the Adaptive Behaviour Research Group at the University of Sheffield, England, and is now a Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield.

Chen (Roger) Zhao, September 2006-November 2011
Roger did his PhD on aftereffects in processing human faces, combining modeling of the ventral visual stream with psychophysical tests on humans.





MSc and Undergraduate Alumni:

James Adwick, May 2008-May 2009; UE BSc 2009
Honours project: Implementing a Blender-based virtual reality interface to LISSOM models in Topographica, to provide finer control over input stimuli.

Wiktor Brodlo, 2012 - 2013, UE BSc 2013
Honours project: Preparing Topographica for a release.

Andy Cameron, May 2008-May 2009; UE BSc 2009
Honours project: Linking Topographica and Matlab, to make Matlab models available within Topographica and to allow Matlab users to work with Topographica models.

Julien Ciroux, January 2005-September 2006; UE MSc 2006
Master's project: modeling the McCollough effect in LISSOM.
From September 2005 to May 2006 he was also a full-time staff programmer on the Topographica project.

Foivos Demertzis, September 2006-May 2007; UE BSc 2007
Honours project: implementing the Sullivan & de Sa model of homeostatic plasticity and the Goodhill & Willshaw elastic net model of ocular dominance in Topographica.

Marco Elver, May 2010-May 2011, UE BSc 2011
Honours project: optimizing the memory and CPU usage of the Topographica simulator.

Kateryna Gerasymova, April 2008-September 2008; Humbolt MSc 2009
Honours project (on exchange from Humboldt University in Berlin): Integrating previously separate LISSOM models for color, spatial frequency, and disparity into a single model covering all known spatial feature preferences in V1.

Boris Hristov, 2012 - 2013, UE BSc 2013
Honours project: Revamping Topographica's test suite.

John Jacob, May 2009-September 2009; UE MSc 2009
Master's project: Implementing a GPGPU (general-purpose graphics processing unit) version of the Topographica simulator.

Chris Jeffery, May 2008-May 2009; UE BSc 2009
Honours project: Improving joint models of feature development in V1, in conjunction with Kateryna Gerasymova.

Bilal Khan, 2009 - 2011; UE BSc 2010, UE MSc 2011
Bilal added audio file support to Topographica and did auditory system modelling, first as part of his undergraduate project and then as part of his MSc by Research project at the University of Edinburgh.

Konstantin Kudryavtsev, May 2009 - September 2011; UE BSc 2010, UE MSc 2011
Honours project: Setting up MPI support for Topographica. EPCC Master's project: improving performance of Topographica MPI support.

Veldri Kurniawan, January 2006-September 2006; UE MSc 2006
Master's project: homeostatic plasticity in LISSOM.

Alan Lindsay, September 2005-Febrary 2006; UE BSc 2006
Honours project: implementing the GUI model editor for Topographica.

Louise Mathews, September 2005-Febrary 2006; UE BSc 2006
Honours project: implementing the Obermayer et al. and Burger & Lang orientation map models in Topographica.

Chok (Lewis) Ming Ng, January 2006-September 2006; UE MSc 2006
Master's project: implementing a somatosensory map model in Topographica.

Ruaidhri Primrose, September 2006-May 2007; UE BSc 2007
Honours project: implementing the Sullivan & de Sa model of complex cells in in Topographica.

Tikesh Ramtohul, January 2006-September 2006; UE MSc 2006
Master's project: modeling disparity maps in LISSOM.

Keith Robertson, 2012 - 2013, UE BSc 2013
Honours project: expanding Topographica's GUI support.

Dobromir Stefanov, 2011 - 2012, UE BSc 2012
Honours proejct: overhauling the Topographica source code.