Meet the Steering Committee

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Guillaume Bellec is currently a PhD candidate in TU-Graz in Austria. He 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.


Guy Eyal is a Ph.D. student at Idan Segev's Lab in the Hebrew university of Jerusalem, Israel. In his thesis he studies the biophysical properties of human cortical neurons using theoretical framework based on cable theory and compartmental models.

Guy received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer science and biology from the Hebrew University. 


Vitali Karasenko has been involved with the Heidelberg Neuromorphic Hard-ware group since the earliest days of his academic career. He obtained his bachelor's (2011) and master's (2014) degree under the supervision of Prof. Karlheinz Meier and is currently doing his Ph.D. study also in Heidelberg.

Vitali is part of the design team for the current as well as future versions of the Heidelberg Neuromorphic Hardware system and specialises on communication infrastructures for them.


Yi Ming Lai obtained a B.A. in 2009 and a D.Phil. in 2012 from the University of Oxford. While his project was primarily on the stochastic synchronization of neuronal populations, they were also able to extend those techniques to ecology. He then did a short post-doc at the University of Strathclyde in marine modelling.

In 2014 he began his current position in the University of Leeds as part of the Human Brain Project, where he focuses on population density techniques. His research interests lie mainly in the area of stochastic processes, nonlinear dynamical systems, and mathematical & computational biology. 


Torbjørn Ness did a master's degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oslo, before starting his PhD in Computational Neuroscience in the group of Gaute Einevoll at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where he is currently a HBP funded post-doc.

The focus of his work has mainly involved biophysically detailed cell models and extracellular potentials.


Benjamin Weyers is currently working in the EU flagship project 'The Human Brain Project' at the Virtual Reality and Immersive Visualization Group, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Benjamin co-leads the work package on interactive visualization and analysis in SP7. He studied computer science at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2003-2008, Dipl. Inform.) and went on to obtain his doctoral degree with the Computer Graphics and Scientific Computing group at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2011, Dr.-Ing).

His research interests include human-computer interaction, formal modelling, information visualization and virtual reality. During his studies he has closely worked with scientists from various scientific areas, such as collaborative systems, ambient intelligence, scientific visualization and neuroscience.


Senior Advisors Senior Advisors

Katrin Amunts did postdoctoral work in the C. & O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at Duesseldorf University, Germany. In 1999, she moved to the Research Centre Juelich and set up a new research unit for Brain Mapping. In 2004, she became professor for Structural-Functional Brain Mapping at RWTH Aachen University, and in 2008 a full professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the RWTH Aachen University as well as director of the Institut of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) at the Research Centre Juelich. In 2013, she became a full professor for Brain Research at the Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, director of the C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf and director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Centre Juelich.
Since 2007 Katrin Amunts is a member of the editorial board of Brain Structure and Function. Since 2012 she is member of the German Ethics Council. She is the programme speaker for the programme "Decoding the Human Brain" of the Helmholtz Association, Germany. Since 2013 Katrin Amunts is leading the Subproject 2 "Strategic Human Brain Data" and a member of the Board of Directors of the European FET-Flagship "The Human Brain Project".  

Picture source: © Deutscher Ethikrat; Picture: Reiner Zensen



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 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 Tamás 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.