Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit was created at University College London (UCL) in July 1998, funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation . The Unit consists of five faculty members, about ten post-doctoral researchers, about fifteen research students and five support staff.
We are based in the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, a new state of the art research facility which opened in 2016. We benefit from close interactions with the SWC and do many joint activities.
The research objectives of the Gatsby Unit are to study neural computational theories of perception and action in neural and machine systems, with an emphasis on learning. The research activity of the Unit is overseen by a Scientific Advisory Board. The Unit's teaching activities are centered on an innovative four-year PhD programme in Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning.
Our visitor programme enables members of the Unit to work with leading researchers from across the world on a range of short and long term research collaborations. We also host a seminar programme with talks by Unit members, other UCL staff and guest speakers.
By establishing the centre, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation has provided a unique opportunity for a critical mass of theoreticians to interact closely with each other and with University College's other world class research groups in neuroscience and related areas. We benefit from interactions with two other Gatsby-funded research centres, the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience in Columbia University and the Gatsby Programme in Theoretical Neuroscience in Hebrew University, Jerusalem.