Mark van Rossum 's Webpage
I have now moved to the University of Nottingham.
This is a very exciting move as I’ll be setting up a new centre for Computational Neuroscience.
Positions will be announced soon (feel free to email me).
You can contact me at: markX.vanrossum -at- nottingham.ac.uk (remove the X)
My research area is computational neuroscience. I use
computational and mathematical techniques to understand the
working of the brain. I hope that, like in physics, it will be
possible to find simple underlying principles of the brain's
Synaptic plasticity: Synaptic plasticity is thought to underly memory formation in the nervous system. I'm researching the computational consequences of realistic, spike timing dependent plasticity rules. In particular, the stability of memory and homeostasis have my current interest.
Noise in neural systems: The nervous system has extrinsic and intrinsic noise sources. From an engineering point of view this leads to the question, how does the nervous system deal with this noise. It turns out that the noise might be beneficial in some cases. More precisely, noise prevent synchronization (which reduces information content) and allows for fast and accurate propagation of signals.
The early visual system and neural coding: Models of the visual cortex leading us towards the principles of neural computation and efficient hardware implementations.
New postdocs and students
Matthijs van der Meer (PhD 2007) worked on the head-direction system in rats (supervision with Emma Wood); now assistant professor.
Greve (PhD 2008) worked on ERPs and models related to memory
and familiarity (supervision with David Donaldson); now research
fellow at Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in
Code of finished projects can be found here. However, the code will be messy and largely uncommented.