SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES
Bruce Graham's Research Page[Current projects | Recent work | Past efforts]
The Computational Capabilities of Nervous Systems
My research concerns understanding the information processing
capabilities of biological nervous systems and how they may provide
high-level cognitive function.
As computers become more powerful, and experimental knowledge of the
nervous system grows, the opportunity to formulate and then to simulate
theories of nervous system operation increases. This approach can be
used to test how theories of cognitive function may be implemented by a
biological nervous system. It can also lead from a better understanding
of the computational capabilities of the nervous system to new theories
of cognitive function. My work covers nervous system modelling at many
levels - from just a part of a single neuron, to networks of neurons.
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Past efforts [top]
Much of the formative work for my research programme was carried out while I was a research fellow, from 1993 to 2000, in the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation at the University of Edinburgh, with funding being provided by an MRC programme grant to Prof. David Willshaw.
My initial work in computational neuroscience was carried out in the laboratory of Prof. Stephen Redman in the Division of Neuroscience, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, from 1990 to 1993, while I was a postdoctoral fellow of the Centre for Information Science Research.