Computational RIC

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The brain is a biological structure that has evolved to enable goal-directed, adaptive behavior. The BrainsCAN Computational Research and Innovation Core focuses on cross-disciplinary research to uncover how the brain solves the computational problems that ultimately give rise to intelligent behavior. We develop and test theories that are formulated in a mathematical, quantitative language. This is especially important, as behavioural, imaging and electrophysiological measurements are becoming increasingly complex. To solve these challenges we have assembled a team of scientists from a diverse set of backgrounds, including Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Math and Engineering.


Researchers in the Computational RIC develop methods and theories that relate brain observations and behavior through formal, quantitative models. A special focus lies in the establishment of models that allow us to link observations in animal models to observations in the human brain.


Faculty and staff of the Computational RIC support other BrainsCAN researchers in the development and application of mathematical methods to understand the brain. We provide training for PIs, PDs and graduate students in computational neuroscience. We also organize a Coloquium Series in Computational Neuroscience, Methods Lunches, the Western BrainHack (part of the global, annual BrainHack event).

RIC Contact Information:

If you are a Western graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow or a principal investigator in the field of Neuroscience, Psychology, Neurology, ComputerScience, Statistics, Engineering and/or Applied Mathematics and you would like to learn more about the research and training opportunities available through the Computational Core, please contact:

Ali Khan
Director, Computational RIC
BrainsCAN, Western University