European exchange information through electric impulses called spikes. These spikes (or their absence) are the symbols used to represent the information in the nervous system and they appear very early in the visual stream since they appear at the retina level. Much research is now focused on understanding this neural code for several reasons. Of course, one hopes to better understand what makes the visual system so powerful, but there is also the possibility to use the properties of the neural code for new applications such as proposing novel bio-inspired methods to process images.
Candidates should have a strong desire to carry out interdisciplinary research combining mathematical and computational modelling with connections between computer science and computational neuroscience.