The last century witnessed the unfolding of a great intellectual adventure, as the collective human mind turned outwards to conceptually reorganize our understanding of space, time, matter and energy, now codified in the theoretical frameworks of quantum mechanics, general relativity, and statistical mechanics. Similarly, in neuroscience, we are now in the midst of another grand quest, as we turn inwards to conceptually understand the workings of the very same mind capable of achieving the feats of the last hundred years.
We are a diverse group of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, bioengineers and neurobiologists, dedicated to this quest. We are motivated by two overarching questions:
To pursue these questions, we exploit and extend tools and ideas from a diverse array of disciplines, including statistical mechanics, dynamical systems theory, machine learning, information theory, control theory, and high-dimensional statistics, as well as collaborate with experimental neuroscience laboratories collecting physiological data from a range of model organisms, from flies to humans.