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welcome to our working group on neuron dynamics

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Our work is on the nonlinear dynamics of neurons, neural networks, and neural populations. These dynamics are beautiful, and are richly varied from setting to setting – at times governed by mechanisms we can distill and explain and at times still eluding our best analytical tools. PI: Eric Shea-Brown.

Beyond explaining the emergent dynamics of neural circuits, we want to understand how they encode and make decisions about the sensory world. Making progress on these twin problems requires a range of perspectives and methods.

We delight in collaboration with fellow theorists of many different backgrounds, and with experimental groups at UW, the Allen Institute, and beyond. Our methods blend data analysis, dynamical systems, stochastic processes, and information theory – and treat neural dynamics occurring on a number of spatial and temporal scales.  

Our work is made possible by the University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering, NIH, the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, the NSF (Progs. of Mathematical Biology, Statistics, and Robust Intelligence), the Simons Foundation, the Northwest Center for Neural Engineering, and NSERC.

Find us in the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, Lewis Hall, Seattle, WA 98195-2420.