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James Bednar

(Former employee or visitor)

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Research Interests

Computational neuroscience of vision and other sensory systems, large-scale modelling of cortical development and function, neural simulators.


2002 Ph.D in Computer Science
1997 MA in Computer Science
1994 BA in Philosophy
1993 BS in Electrical Engineering


Jim Bednar leads the Computational Systems Neuroscience Group at the University of Edinburgh, and is the Director of the Edinburgh Doctoral Training Centre in Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience, which has 60 current PhD students. His Ph.D. in Computer Science is from the University of Texas at Austin, and he also has degrees in Philosophy and Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on computational modeling of the development and function of mammalian visual systems. He is a co-author of the monograph "Computational Maps in the Visual Cortex" (Springer, 2005), and is the lead author of the Topographica cortical modeling software package. He is on the Editorial Board for the Connection Science journal and the Review Editorial Board for Frontiers in Neuroinformatics and Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, and is the Visual System editor for the Springer Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience.

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