The Neural Coding Laboratory
Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London
Dr Simon Schultz - Reader in Neurotechnology
Dr Amanda Foust - Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow
We work at the interface between engineering and neuroscience. Our aim is to understand how information is processed by mammalian neural circuits underlying perception, action and memory. Understanding how “cortical circuits” process information may help us to understand how it it dysfunctions in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, and also aids in the design of novel computational devices. Our work involves both neuroscience experiments and theoretical/computational work. We use a number of technologies to probe cortical circuit function - two photon calcium imaging, holographic optogenetic perturbation of genetically targeted brain cells, and electrophysiology. We also develop novel algorithms, based particularly on information theory, for analysing high-dimensional neuroscience datasets.