Hesam Setareh

PhD. Candidate

Modeling real neural networks in brain: computational neuroscience, overview and current researches

  Computer Engineering Department, Floor 1, Class 101
  Wednesday, 30 December 2015
  16:45 - 17:45


Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous systems in brain and other areas of central nervous system. It tries to address questions like “How neurons process the sensory information?”, “What is the structure of neural networks in different layers of brain?” and “What are the learning mechanisms in brain?”.

Computational neuroscience is a subfield of neuroscience, which applies mathematics, computer science and physics to find reliable models of biological neural networks and rebuild them using computer simulations. It leaded to a new generation of computer hardware (neuromorphic hardware), which is built based on non-Von Neumann architecture.

In this talk, we give a general overview of different aspects of computational neuroscience and cover some recent researches.


Hesam Setareh is a PhD student in the school of computer and communication sciences at EPFL. He is working on Human Brain Project under supervision of Prof. Wulfram Gerstner (author of books “Neuronal Dynamics” and “Spiking Neuron Models”). His research concentrates on modeling neural networks of Neocortex using complex networks, spiking neural networks simulations and machine learning. He is also a member of development team of NEral Simulator Technology (NEST). Before starting his PhD, he finished his MSc in computer science at EPFL and BSc in computer engineering at Sharif University of Technology.