Lecturer: Fleur Zeldenrust
Fields: Computational Neuroscience
The brain continuously processes information. The physical structure of the brain (its ‘hardware’) shapes this information processing and vice versa: the computations needed for information processing (the ‘software’) are adapted to the physical structure of the hardware. Moreover, both the hardware and the software are flexible: we change the way we sense the world by actively changing the physical properties of our brain to adapt to the task at hand. In this lecture, I will discuss what we already know about these mutual flexible interactions, and what the current open questions are.
Dr Fleur Zeldenrust studied physics and neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam, where she also did her PhD in computational neuroscience. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, after which she returned to the Netherlands to set up a track in computational neuroscience in the ‘Psychobiology’ BSc program at the University of Amsterdam. A Veni and a Mohrmann grant (2015) allowed her to set up her own research group called ‘Biophysics of Neural Computation’ at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, where she recently got tenured. She also recently became a member of ‘De Jonge Akademie’.
Affiliation: Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University