Meet the participants Meet the participants

Katrin Amunts, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Director      

Jozsef Arato, Central European University, PhD Student                  
I have training in biology and in cognitive science. In my PhD project, I am investigating how perceptual decisions are influenced by past stimulus statistics, and by the ambiguity of the current visual input, both at the neural and the behavioral level.


Guillaume Bellec, TU Graz,  PhD Student
Guillaume is currently a PhD candidate in TU-Graz in Austria. Guillaume graduated from the mathematical optimization master program of the engineering school ENSTA Paristech in Paris in 2014. He also obtained a master degree of mathematics applied to Machine learning MVA (mathematics vision and learning) at ENS Cachan in Paris in 2014.  Guillaume started his academic career with rotations in labs of Machine Learning and Music information retrieval. This allowed him to develop an understanding of computational intelligence technologies and how are we perceiving our environment through the auditory system. For his PhD Guillaume chose to focus on the area of Computational Neuroscience to relate both concepts and try to understand the principle that underlay the brain computation and data-processing machinery.  During these years, Guillaume has authored papers to model how plasticity in biological neural networks allow to perform computation. Earlier works treated of the human perception of tempo and music similarity.


Zsuzsanna Bengery, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Third year BSc student


Zsigmond Benko, Wigner Research Centre for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Phd student                                                                          
I got MSC from biophysics in 2014 at Eotvos University, Budapest and recently I am a phd student at the Complex Systems and Computational Neuroscience Group of Wigner Research Centre for Physics of the Hungaryian Academy of Sciences (through Semmelweis University). I'm interested in machine learning, computational neuroscience, new signal analysis techniques and those application to neural data. Nowdays I'm working on new causality analysis methods.


David Burka, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Research Center for Natural Sciences, PhD Student 

Stefano Casali, University of Pavia, Post-doc researcher
Dr. Stefano Casali is a post-doc researcher at the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences of Pavia, Italy. He received his Bachelor's, Master's degrees and PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology  from the same University.   Starting from February 2014, he was offered a post-doc position at professor Egidio D'Angelo's lab, at the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences of Pavia. He's currently working on a large scale, biologically realistic model of the granular layer of the cerebellum, developed in NEURON + Python. The main goals of his research project are (1) clarifying the geometrical and microcircuit properties of the granular layer (2) developing data-driven and testable computational hypotheses about the functional role of such structural features 


Arantxa Cedillo, EPFL, Communications Specialist  


Marton Csernai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Research Center for Natural Sciences, postdoctoral research fellow      
I am a fresh postdoc with electrical engineering and computer science background working at a new in vivo experimental research group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Our current project deals with exploring the unknown mechanisms of information processing during sleep oscillations. In addition to electrophysiological data analysis, we are trying to uncover the spindle generation and termination mechanisms through utilizing experimental spike patterns in cell-level thalamocortical circuit models.


Dorottya Cserpan, Wigner RCP, HAS, young research fellow  
Young research fellow working on various methods to reconstruct membrane currents of single neurons from extracellular measurements.


David Deritei, Central European University, PhD in Network Science
I'm a PhD student in Network Science at Central European University, Budapest. I come from a physics background, with some experience in software development as well. My thesis is strongly related to cognitive science, working on abstract representation models in collaboration with the Department of Cognitive Science at CEU. My prior work experience covers mostly clustering on networks and Boolean regulatory networks. Regarding coding, I'm a python person :)


Johann Christoph Ebell, EPFL, Executive Director, HBP-PCO                                                                  


Kathleen Elsig, EPFL, Communications & Outreach Manager         


Noémi Éltető, Eötvös Loránd University, MA student                      
I study Cognitive Psychology on the Eötvös Loránd University. My main research interest is implicit cognition. I am the member of the Brain, Memory and Language Lab, lead by Dezső Németh. I am currently working on a project in which we aim to find out whether implicit processes contribute to decision making under uncertainty. I like to think about my topic in focus from multiple perspectives. Thus I am just as interested in computational, as in behavioral neuroscience.


Christian Fauteux, EPFL, Deputy Executive Director, HBP-PCO     


Gabriel Andres Fonseca Guerra, The University of Manchester,  PhD student
I hold an MSc and BSc both in physics from UFPE (Brazil) and UPTC (Colombia) respectively. Currently I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Prof. Steve Furber, the main question we are approaching is: how the information is transformed through different levels of abstraction, in the in the pathway that begins with the detection of an external stimulus in the retina, and end-up with an abstract and complex representation of the external world on the visual cortex. Before coming to Manchester, my research was focused on theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics.


Sergio Emilio Galindo Ruedas, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, PhD student
I'm working towards my PhD in the field of neuroscience data visualization within the framework of the HBP. At this moment, I'm working on the development of visualization tools for analyzing large simulation results.  I'm very interested in assisting to this event, first because it's a good opportunity for getting information about the most popular simulators used in neuroscience nowadays, in particular within the framework of the HBP. Also, this event is a good oportunity to get in touch with other researchers using simulators that can be benefited of the research I'm carrying out. Close contacts with end users is an essential issue for advancing in the development of efficient visualization and analysis techniques.


Dimitris Ganosis, FORTH, Early-Stage Researcher
Early-Stage Researcher at Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas, in the BigStorage project (Marie Curie Research Fellowship).


Juan Jose Garcia Cantero, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Phd Student 


Peter Gergel, Comenius University in Bratislava; Department of Applied Informatics, PhD student
I have finished my Masters degree in Computer Science on Comenius University in Bratislava. Currently I am at first year of PhD programme (same university) researching biologically realistic computattional models of astrocyte-neuron interactions. My other interests include deep learning, machine learning, computational and artificial intelligence.

Edouard Geoffrois, ANR, International programme officer
Edouard Geoffrois is the coordinator of the FLAG-ERA ERA-NET (

Tencho Gochev, ECHNICAL UNIVERSITY - SOFIA, FCSC, Software Engineer         

Fabien Guillot, ANR

Gyul Gyebnár, Semmelweis University MR Research Center, PhD Student          
I am a PhD student at Semmelweis University in the 'János Szentágothai' doctoral school of Neurosciences. My research is focused on Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging and it's application in Tractography and the examination of Brain White Matter tissue microstructure at the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRKK).

J. Alexander Heimel, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Group leader
My group is using electrophysiology, optogenetics, structural imaging, intrinsic signal imaging and calcium imaging to study the circuitry and function of mouse visual cortex and its interplay with other brain areas such as the thalamus and superior colliculus. I am originally trained as a physicist and keep an interest in models to understand our measurements


Sara Jellinek, Central European University, Phd student                     


Szabolcs Káli, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, senior research scientist  
Szabolcs Káli is a senior researcher in the Laboratory of Cerebral Cortex Research at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He trained originally as a biophysicist at Eötvös Loránd University University in Budapest, and then obtained a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Peter Dayan. He spent three years at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit at University College London. He returned to Hungary and joined the group of TamÌÁs Freund at the IEM HAS in 2001. He investigates the dynamics and computations in single cells and networks of the hippocampus using theoretical tools and computer simulations, often in close collaboration with experimental neuroscientists. He teaches regularly at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Kristina Kapanova, Institute of Information and Communicatoin Technology, BAS, Researcher/PhD Student                                                                      
K.Kapanova is a PhD student at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She is working on the implementation of algorithms related to Neural Networks and new hardware platforms for scientific parallel computation. She is actively collaborating with Prof. Dimov and Prof. Sellier, two reknown experts in Monte Carlo methods and Quantum Mechanics.


Vitali Karasenko, Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, PhD Student                    


Ferenc Kassai, MTA-SE NAP B Cognitive Translational Behavioural Pharmacology Group, research associate 


Zoltán Klimaj, Semmelweis University, radiology resident        
I am Zoltán Klimaj, 27-year-old info-bionics engineer and first-year resident in diagnostic radiology working at the MR Research Center in Budapest. I am interested in radiology especially in neuroradiology and research topics related to this discipline. My research interest focuses on functional MRI, machine learning and diffusion imaging, however, I am still not an expert on neither of these fields... :)


István Kocsis, Freelancer,  IT expert                          
My speciality is designing comfortable and easy to use graphical user interface, and giving ideas about anything. I'm very interested about robotics.


Zsolt Kocsis, University of Debrecen,software engineer        
I'm processing the data from an experiment related to the visual system.


Livie Kundert, EPFL, EU Relations Coordinator      


Yi Ming Lai, University of Leeds, Research Fellow            


Tamas Laszlovszky, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,    Graduate Student   


Gabor Lengyel, Central European University,  Doctoral Candidate      
I am a doctoral candidate in cognitive science at Central European University, Budapest. I am working on the generalization of learning in perceptual, statistical, and rule learning.


David Lester, The University of Manchester,  Senior Lecturer               


Ivan Lisnik, Technical University of Sofia, FCSC, Software engineer         


Victor Lopez, BSC, Researcher                      


Carmen Alina Lupascu, CNR Palermo, Italy, Post-Doc 
I work as a post doc for the Human Brain Project under WP 1.1 Mouse brain transcriptomics and proteomics. I am currently working on a collab in Human Brain Collaboratory based on fitting an innovative computational model of the kinetics of gephyrin antibody on collected experimental data. I am supervised by Dr. Michele Migliore (Institute of Biophysics, National Research Council, Italy) and we collaborate with Dr. Enrico Cherubini (European Brain Research Institute, Fondazione Rita Levi-Montalcini).

Miklós Madarász, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Graduate student   

Stefano Masoli, University of Pavia, Postdoc
Dr. Stefano Masoli has a master degree in cellular biology, a master degree in neurobiology, a  PhD in Biomedical Sciences and has a postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Pavia in Egidio D'Angelo's lab. The scientific interest is the development of realistic computational models,using Python and NEURON, of cerebellar neurons, with the main focus on the Purkinje cell, one of the most complex neuron of the Central Nervous System. Using the HBP OptimizerFramework has been able to obtain working families of granule and Golgi cells which have been tested together in a prototype granular cell layer network. The current commitments are the Purkinje cells and other cerebellar neuron.


Rosanna Migliore, National Research Council, Institute of Biophysics, Researcher                  
I'm a researcher at the Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council of Palermo. My current scientific activity is focused on Computational Neuroscience (detailed biophysical modeling of neurons and networks, kinetic models of synaptic transmission and plasticity, etc...) Within HBP, my computational work is assigned to the subproject SP01: Strategic Mouse Brain Data.


Eric Müller, Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, Post-doc                    


Jostas Mwebembezi, Rwenzori Center  for Research and Advocacy, Executive Director  
Mr. Jostas has a first Degree in Statistics from Makerere University Kampala.  Mr.Jostas is a certified public statistician with substantial experience in Project planning and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.   His expertise has seen him manage exciting and complex projects mainly focused on Agriculture, and health systems strengthening, mNutrition, mAgriculture, mHealth, reproductive health, family planning, malaria, HIV/AIDS, advocacy, Girl-child education and gender based violence. His is a practitioner in social behavioural change communication in Western Uganda, has employed latest communication technologies in addressing community challenges. He is now research consultant has accumulated substantial experience in research, technology for development, program design and management, and community empowerment and projects evaluation. He is innovative with managerial skills among others.  


Harish Kumar Nattamai Gunasekaran, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna & University of Pisa, Italy, Student, M.Sc. Bionics Engineering  
Hi, I'm Harish Kumar, pursuing first year M.Sc. Bionics Engineering, a joint master degree program of Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna & University of Pisa, Italy. My research interest includes Neural Rehabilitation and NeuroRobotics.

Edina Nemeth, Horizon 2020 ICT and FET programme national contact point for Hungary

László Nikházy, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, PhD Student
I am a computer scientist whose dream is to be a neuroscentist one day. I studied computer science BSc and MSc at the Budapest University of Technology. Then I worked 2 years for Google, 1 year for NNG, and now I started a PhD in Neuroscience at the Roska Tamás Doctoral School of Sciences and Technology of Pázmány Péter Catholic University. My main research interest is modelling hippocampal neurons and networks of them.

Torbjorn V Ness, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Postdoc        
I did a masters in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oslo, before starting my PhD in Computational Neuroscience in the group of Gaute Einevoll at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences. I am currently a HBP funded post-doc at the same group. The focus of my work has mainly involved biophysically detailed cell models and extracellular potentials, and I will present a project on the contributions from active dendritic conductances to the Local Field Potential.

Gáspár Oláh, University of Szeged, PhD Student
I'm a PhD student in Gabor Tamas' Lab in Szeged. My project is focusing on layer 1 interneurons. I investigate how these cells contribute to or follow brain state changes in vivo.

Viktor Oláh, HAS-IEM, PhD student                  
I'm a PhD student at the IEM-HAS, at the cellular neuropharmacology group. Currently I'm working on the specific ionic currents and current distributions of the CCK-expressing GABAergic cells. To understand these mechanisms further, I use Neuron based simulations.


Umberto Olcese, University of Amsterdam - Swmmerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Assistant Professor  The goal of my research activities is to investigate how sensory experiences, perception and the behavioral state influence the communication between different cortical areas. This is achieved by integrating various experimental techniques (such as ensemble recordings, whole-cell patch clamp and optogenetics) with advanced signal processing methods.


Attila Ozsvár, Research Group for Cortical Microcircuits of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Neuroscience,  University of Szeged, Phd student                      My name is Attila Ozsvár, I am a second year Phd student. In my research I focus on metabotrop receptor mediated postsynaptic summation effect of the neurogliaform cell. I use electrophysiological methods, like multiple patch clamp recording, however in the future I intend to fortify my research with neuronal modeling methods.


Georgios Pagkalos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Scientific Associate      
I'm working as a Military Psychiatry in 424 Military Hospital Of Thessaloniki. I'm involved in cognition evaluation during captivity schools in Hellenic Special Forces Training Centers. Treating sexual dysfunctions and working in schizophrenia protocols in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

József Pálinkás, President National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary

Pier Stanislao Paolucci, INFN Coordinator of the WaveScalES experiment  


Peter Papp, Institute of Experimental Medicine - HAS assistant research fellow    
My name is Péter Papp, a young researcher at the IEM-HAS, currently investigating network level reorganization processes in different types of epileptic syndromes, primarily absence epilepsy. Originally a psychologist, changing my field of research to neurobiology offered a serious challenge, which I am doing my best to meet. I have been working in my new field since 2013.


Elena Pastorelli, INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Researcher
MSc in Physics at University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy). I worked in the embedded systems area for research industry, contributing to the software and hardware development of embedded microprocessors.  I'm currently researcher at INFN, in the area of neural networks contributing to the development of parallel and distributed simulators.


Pranita Pradhan, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Master thesis student  


Srikanth Ramaswamy, EPFL, Senior Scientist    

Eunice Ribeiro, FCT

Martina Francesca Rizza, University of Pavia, PhD Student
Martina Francsca Rizza holds a degree in Neurobiology and she is attending PhD in Computer Science. The scientific interest is the development of realistic computational neuronal models. The techniques used are the programming language Python and the  simulator NEURON. Currently, she is working with the Human Brain Project (HBP) in the optimization, with genetic algorithm, of the cerebellar neuron models, that will be used to complete cerebellar network.

Márton Rózsa, University of Szeged,  PhD student                  
I am a PhD student in the MTA-SZTE Research Group for Cortical Microcircuits. I am doing whole cell patch clamp together with calcium imaging  and optogenetic techniques on brain slice preparations.

David Samu, University of Cambridge, Postdoctoral Associate 


Sára Sáray, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, PhD student 
Sára Sáray is a PhD student at the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Roska Tamás Doctoral School of Sciences and Technology of Pázmány Péter Catholic University. She received her bachelor's degree in molecular bionics engineering, and her master's degree in info-bionics engineering from the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics of Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Her research interests include the computational modeling of somatic spiking behaviour and dendritic integration of hippocampal pyramidal cells.


Alois Saria, Medical University Innsbruck, Director HBP Education Programme 


Sabine Schneider, University of Heidelberg, Science coordination    


Thomas Skordas, European Commission, Head Unit Flagships     


Oana Stanciu, Central European University, PhD student                    
I am a cognitive science PhD student at the CEU. My work focuses on understanding  learning process in the framework of Bayesian rational agents. I am particularly interested in the learning dynamics that emerge from student-teacher interactions.


Marcel Stimberg, Fondation Voir et Entendre, Postdoc                            


Alan Stokes, The University of Manchester, Post Doc                          
I'm Alan Stokes, a young scientist in the University of Manchester working on the SpiNNaker project. My background is in resilient smart sensors and information management. I am currently one of 2 research software engineers who provide / support / service the SpiNNaker software stack (that allows applications such as PyNN based neural networks and databases to run on the SpiNNaker platform) and end users in using said platform.


Miklos Szoboszlay, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, PhD student 
I am a 2nd-year PhD student in the lab of Prof. Zoltan Nusser in Budapest. My current project involves development of multi-compartmental models of hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cells. These models are based on my in vitro dual soma-dendritic recordings and 3D reconstruction of the recorded neurons. This multi-technique approach allows us to investigate the subcellular distribution of different ion channels in the membrane of CA1 pyramidal cells.


Estilla Tóth, Instute of Expermental Medicine, HAS, undergraduate research fellow      
I am Estilla Tóth. I got my bachelor degree in Molecular bionics engineering, currently I am on a Medical Biotechnology master program at PÌÁzmÌÁny PÌ©ter Catholic University. I work as an undergraduate research fellow at the Institute of Expecimental Medicine, HAS. My work is focused on the investigation of surgically removed hippocampal samples from patients with drug resistant temporal lobe epilepsy.


Serkan Ucer, TUBITAK, National Contact Point  
I work for Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey as the National Contact Point in ICT and FET Areas.


Werner Van Geit, EPFL, Systems Specialist         


Attila Vikór, IEM-HAS Laboratory of Network Neurophysiology, Technical assistant    
I am a junior scientist at Norbert Hajos' Laboratory of Network Neurophysiology. So far I have mostly conducted in vitro electrophysiological experiments in the mouse basolateral amygdala. Our experiments are aimed to better understand the local information-processing network. I am planning the start my PhD next year, and I would like computational neuroscience to be an integral part of my work as a PhD student, so right now I'm trying to get familiar with the field.


Philipp Weidel, Juelich Research Centre,  PhD Student                    


Julia Franziska Weinert, IDIBAPS, PhD student                
I have a Masters degree in Medical Engineering Science from University of Lübeck (Germany) and am a now a first year PhD student at the Sanchez-Vives laboratory in Barcelona (Spain) where I study slow cortical oscillations in vitro and in vivo. For me the collaboration and exchange of knowledge between experimentalist and theoreticians is very important, and even though I don't work with simulations, I think my data can be a very useful source for modeling.


Benjamin Weyers, RWTH Aachen University, PostDoc                            


Elisabeth Wintersteller, Medical University Innsbruck, Project Manager HBP Education Programme