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Prof Peter Dayan
17 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AR
Tel: 020 7679 1175
Fax: 020 7679 1173
Appointment
  • Professor of Computational Neuroscience
  • Gatsby Computational Neurosci Unit
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Role
Head of Department
Research Summary
I build mathematical and computational models of neural processing, with a particular emphasis on representation and learning, and normative analyses of the way that neural circuits realize behaviour. The main focus is on reinforcement learning and unsupervised learning, covering the ways that animals come to choose appropriate actions in the face of rewards and punishments, and the ways and goals of the process by which they come to form neural representations of the world. The models are informed and constrained by neurobiological, psychological and ethological data.
Academic Background
1991 MA Master of Arts – Mathematics University of Cambridge
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Physics University of Edinburgh
1986 BA Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics University of Cambridge
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