Part of my research activities in the domain of computational neurosciences attempt to understand higher brain function using computational models. I’ve recently investigated visual attention in order to understand what are the inner mechanisms of occular saccades. More recently, I’ve tried to understand the self-organization of representations within the primary somato-sensory cortex and the influence of attention in the formation and the refinement of these representations. I’m now investigating the mechanisms of decision making through the modeling of the basal ganglia complex with a special emphasis on the motor cortex. The challenge in all these modelling approaches is to understand how a consistent behavior emerges from a purely distributed, asynchronous, numerical and adaptive computing, i.e. without any form of a central supervisor or homonculus, not even a soft one like a central clock.

Keyword: computational neuroscience, embodied cognition, machine learning, scientific visualization, computer graphics, open science, reproducible science, popular science

Biographical sketch

2013-…   Full-time researcher, Inria BSO, IMN, University of Bordeaux, France.
2011   Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches
2002-2013   Full-time researcher, Inria NGE, Nancy, France.
2000-2002   Associate Researcher, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
1997-2000   PhD, Computer Science, Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France.


2015-…   Co-founder and editor in chief of ReScience
2015-…   Review editor for Frontiers in Neurobotics
2015-…   Member of the steering committee for the BioComp CNRS consortium
2014-…   Member (elected) of the national INRIA evaluation committee
2014-…   Head of the invited professor committee of the INRIA BSO center
2013-…   Vice-head of the Mnemosyne project

Reviewer for Neural Networks, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Computationial Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neurobotics, PLOS One, Biological Cybernetics, ESANN, CNS, IJCNN, IJCAI, Epirob, EuroScipy, Scipy, High Performance Graphics, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques, Pack Publishing.

Reviewer for the Phd Thesis of Francesco Giovannini (2017, Université Lorraine), Timothee Dubuc (2017, University of Reading, UK), Ganna Pugach (2017, Université de Cergy Pontoise), Thomas Hecht (2017, Ensta Paristech, France), Guillaume Viejo (2016, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France), Erwan Renaudo (2016, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France), Mathieu Bedez (2015, Université de Mulhouse, France), Olivier Rodriguez (2015, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France), Jean Bellot (2015, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France), Adrien Jauffret (2014, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France)

Examiner for the Phd Thesis of Ali Karaouzène (2017, Université de Cergy Pontoise),

Jury member (hiring selection) for INRIA CR2/CR1 (2017), INRIA Saclay CR2 (2017), INRIA CR2/CR1 (2016), INRIA Paris CR2 (2016), INRIA Bordeaux CR2 (2015), University of Cergy Pontoise (2014), University of Cergy Pontoise (2010).

Current grants

2016-2019   Macaque40 (ANR)
2015-2018   Psyphine project (France)
2015-2017   Mimacore (CNRS Challenge Imag’In)
2014-2017   Braincraft associated team (USA)
2013-2016   BGal associated team (India)

Current students

2016-2017   Anthony Strock (Master)
    Neural architecture for handling time and context
2016-2017   Fabien Benureau (Post-doc)
    Biologically plausible reinforcement learning
2015-2018   Ikram Chraibi Kaadoud (PhD student)
    Bio-inspired approach for hierarchical planification

My former student list is available from the students page.


Most of the publications are available from the HAL open archive, a free-access self-archiving of scientific publications and a complete list can also be found on the bibliography page.
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