Welcome to the lab of Xaq Pitkow. We aim to understand how the brain works using mathematical principles. We develop theories of neural computation and collaborate with experimentalists to test these predictions.
We can explain many features of neural processing with a few simple ideas:
- the brain looks for change
- the brain is deeply nonlinear
- the brain weighs uncertainty
- the brain distributes information across many neurons
Making these ideas precise and applying them to specific tasks requires tools from machine learning, statistics, physics, and applied mathematics. Take a look at our current Publications, Projects, and Principles to see how.
The lab gratefully acknowledges generous support for our work from: