A main scientific achievement was the introduction by the NeuroMat team of a new class of stochastic processes aimed at a realistic description of nets of spiking neurons. These processes are systems with infinitely many interacting chains with memory of variable length. Since their introduction, these stochastic processes have become part of the research agenda of several centers in the world.
Our contributions to the investigation of this new class of stochastic processes include:
A second major achievement is the introduction of a new mathematical approach to address the classical conjecture that the brain retrieves statistical regularities from sequences of stimuli. This approach is based on a new class of stochastic processes, namely sequences of random objects driven by chains with memory of variable length. These processes appear as good candidates to model the relationship between sequences of stimuli and sequences of suitably parsed brain signals and behavioral states registered while exposed to stimuli.
This framework offers a new way to model structural learning and memory in the brain, including the following promising directions of research:
The innovation mission of the RIDC NeuroMat is to develop tools and applications based on the new conceptual framework to understand the brain.
NeuroMat’s activities in science dissemination use innovative means to transform scientific culture, overcoming artificial field boundaries and contributing to foment an integrated and genuinely multidisciplinary approach to the study of the brain.
NeuroMat is strongly committed to training young researchers. The young scientists formed at the center come from different scientific backgrounds and countries. This diversity fosters a genuine multidisciplinary team and a research practice that is necessary for the development of contemporary neuroscience.
NeuroMat has become the organizer of the Latin American School on Computational Neuroscience (LASCON), which is the first and most important school of computational neuroscience in Latin America.
Fifty-five young researchers have been trained at NeuroMat since its inception, in 2013. The team of young researchers the RIDC NeuroMat has trained includes: 10 technical training fellows, 13 postdoctoral researchers, 18 PhD candidates, 7 Master students and 7 scientific journalism fellows. These researchers have worked on probability theory, statistics, simulations, software development, neurobiology and dissemination.
Details on the trajectory of these young researchers may be found here.