Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Laboratory
Welcome to the CTNL
Discovering how the brain represents and processes information during learning.
The Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Laboratory is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and collaborators, led by Principal Investigator Associate Professor Mark McDonnell at the University of South Australia.
We are affiliated with the Advanced Computing Research Centre, and the Institute for Telecommunications Research.
"The ultimate aim of computational neuroscience is to explain how electrical and chemical signals are used in the brain to represent and process information" (Sejnowski, Koch and Churchand, Science 241, p 1299, 1988.)
The Lab collaborates with neuroscientists to advance knowledge about how the brain and nervous system processes information and learns, and applies this knowledge to develop new bio-inspired electronic systems and machine learning algorithms.
We aim to produce the following results in our research:
- mathematical and computational models of biological learning systems that help create new neuroscientific knowledge;
- formulation of testable hypotheses regarding computation and communication in biological neurons and brains during learning;
- design and development of new methods and tools that are useful for model development and hypothesis testing;
- new biomedical engineering and biologically inspired technology.
See Mark McDonnell's 2014 article in The Conversation entitled: "To understand the brain you need electronic engineers too."
Scientific communication to the general public and school students is highly valued by the Laboratory.
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Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College