Thomas Serre


Dr. Serre is a Professor in Cognitive Linguistic & Psychological Sciences and in Computer Science, and an affiliate of the Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University. He is the Faculty Director of the Center for Computation & Visualization and Associate Director of the Center for Computational Brain Science. He also holds an International Chair in AI within the ANR-3IA Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute (France). He received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT in 2006 and an MSc in EECS from Télécom Bretagne (France) in 2000. 

His research seeks to understand the neural computations supporting visual perception. His group works at the intersection between biological and artificial vision. Dr. Serre serves routinely as an area chair for leading computational neuroscience, machine learning and computer vision conferences including AAAI, CVPR, ICLR, ICML and NeurIPS. He is also Deputy Editor at PLOS Computational Biology and an Editorial Board Member at eLife. He has received multiple awards: one of his papers received the PAMI Helmholtz Prize for significant impact on computer vision research and he was the recipient of an NSF Early Career Award as well as DARPA’s Young Faculty Award and Director’s Award, among others.


  • CLPS1950 Deep Learning in Brains, Minds, and Machines
  • CLPS1291 Computational Methods for Mind, Brain and Behavior

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