I am Professor of Computing Science, Director of Research and interim Co-Head of the Division of Computing Science & Mathematics, Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling in Scotland, U.K. I am a member of the DATSCI: Data Science and BIOMOD: Biological Modelling Research Groups. My research interests principally are in computational neuroscience.
The Computational Capabilities of Nervous Systems
My research concerns understanding the information processing capabilities of biological nervous systems and how they may provide high-level cognitive function. As computers become more powerful, and experimental knowledge of the nervous system grows, the opportunity to formulate and then to simulate theories of nervous system operation increases. This approach can be used to test how theories of cognitive function may be implemented by a biological nervous system. It can also lead from a better understanding of the computational capabilities of the nervous system to new theories of cognitive function. My work covers nervous system modelling at many levels - from just a part of a single neuron, to networks of neurons.