Computational neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that aims to understand the functions of the brain at all levels — from cells to cognition — using principles from physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, biology, cognitive science and psychology. Computational neuroscientists ask questions such as:
- How do neurons communicate information?
- What are the organizational principles in networks of neurons that facilitate learning and generalization?
- How does the architecture of higher-level brain organization contribute to distinct cognitive functions?
- How is information flow disrupted in neurological and psychiatric conditions?
- How can we leverage formal mathematical models to lend insight into these questions?
The Carney Institute is a collaborative hub for computational brain scientists who are revolutionizing their field. The institute’s Center for Computational Brain Science (CCBS) leverages existing synergies and establishes shared infrastructure, setting itself as a destination for scientists around the world looking to acquire high-level computational skills.
The data revolution in brain science est arrivé. Brown is leading the way in computational methods that use brain signals to understand cognition and other high-level brain functions. Brown is a powerhouse of world-class scientists who are exploring, inventing, debating and collaborating.
– Diane Lipscombe, Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Director of the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science
The mission of the Center for Computational Brain Science is:
- To create an intensive rich computational neuroscience community to foster collaborations between basic brain science researchers and engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists.
- To improve the human condition via computational approaches to neuroscience and artificial intelligence, bringing computational neuroscience innovations to real-world industry and clinical applications.
The center invests in high-risk, high-gain research with the potential for conversion to startups, thereby accelerating the translation of computational approaches to clinical applications and commercialization.
The center matured from the Carney Institute Initiative for Computation in Brain and Mind, which was created in 2012.