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Dr. Nigel Goddard

Reader, Director, Steering Committee Member

Research Interests

My research focus in the last few years has moved from computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics to the application of machine-learning methods in energy-related areas. I also have a subsidiary interest in developing new approaches to macroeconomics based on accounting of real flows in the economy.


1992 PhD Computer Science, University of Rochester
1979 BA Mathematics/Engineering, Cambridge University


Nigel Goddard worked in Computational Neuroscience during his PhD (at the University of Rochester, Caltech, Hughes Aircraft, and Carnegie Mellon University) and therafter (at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Edinburgh) until 2003, gradually evolving his work into helping found the field of Neuroinformatics. After a few years as an entrepreneur (co-founder of Axiope, which has become ResearchSpace), he returned to academic research focussed on the key role that energy plays in the modern world using tools from machine learning.  He has been principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous research and training grants, including study of parallel simulation tools for computational neuroscience (which led to the NeuroML standard), co-founding the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Neuroinformatics (2002-2017), and establishing the functional MRI facility at the University of Edinburgh. Currently he is PI and Co-I on several grants which study ways to increase the efficiency of energy use in buildings; helps to lead the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science; is Director of the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation; collaborates on resource-focussed macroeconomic models; and continues to provide strategic advice to ResearchSpace.

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