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Departments of Bioengineering and Neurosciences

The brain as a system:

From theory to engineering


We use mathematics and engineering to understand the brain and to create new machine learning

Our lab's research is focused at the intersection of mathematics, physics, and engineering in order to understand how the brain learns, represents, and processes complex information. We have a strong interest in understanding what happens where there is a breakdown in signaling in neurodevelopmental disorders; in particular as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Much of our focus is in studying how network geometric and topological structure constrains and determines dynamic function. We are also developing a fundamentally new machine learning architecture that can learn and encode data and information without any prior training. And we also have an interest in the development of advanced brain machine interfaces and neural prosthesis that adapt and learn to new data in order to modulate their outputs.



Professor Gabriel A. Silva

Jacobs Faculty Endowed Scholar in Engineering
Departments of Bioengineering and Neurosciences
Founding Director, Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence
858.822.4591 | gsilva@ucsd.edu | Bio


People who wish to analyze nature without using mathematics must settle for a reduced understanding.
— Richard Feynman


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