Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Research Group

The Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Research Group (CTNRG) brings together theoretical and experimental researchers from across Duke who are interested in understanding and developing formal mathematical models to describe the brain’s processing of information. The aims of the group are to increase the community’s understanding of computational and theoretical approaches to studying the brain, to share ongoing research, and to foster collaborations, especially between theorists and experimentalists.

The group meets weekly on Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. in Bryan Research 301,  alternating between presentations of ongoing work from both local and external speakers and journal club discussions of recent published work in the field. The group is funded and administered by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and is open to anyone who is interested in attending. For more information or to have your name added to the listserv, please contact co-convener Nic Brunel at


  • Nic Brunel, Neurobiology, Physics, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
  • Shawn Willett, Neurobiology, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Spring Semester, 2018-2019

Jan. 17: Andrea Giovannucci, PhD, Assistant Professor, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill & N.C. State University

  • CaImAn: Scalable Algorithms for Batch and Online Calcium Imaging Data Analysis

Jan. 31: Eran Eldar, Senior Lecturer, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, University College London

  • Computational Neuroscience Seminar: Adaptive and Maladaptive Dynamics of Reward Learning and Mood: New Theory and How to Test It

Feb. 14: Surya Tokdar, PhD, Statistical Science, Duke

  • Second Order Stochasticity under Stimuli-Bundle Exposure

March 7: Emilio Salinas, PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • How Perception Informs Urgent Saccadic Choices

April 18: James Fitzgerald, PhD, Physics, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

  • Understanding Sensorimotor Circuits Implementing Zebrafish Behavior

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