News and Events

1. October 2009 (or earlier):

PhD Studentship Available

A fully funded COLAMN/EPSRC PhD studentship is available starting Oct 2009 or earlier as negotiable. For further information see Deadline 20.March 2009.



Workshop and Seminar on Large-Scale Models of Complex Interacting Brain Systems

The CTCN at the University of Plymouth is engaged in the organisation of one of the events in the prestigious workshop and seminar series of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, This Workshop and Seminar will be about Large-scale Brain Systems, Sleep and Consciousness with contributions by numerous international experts in the field. The MPIPKS supports the event by 15.000Euro plus subsistence for participants. Applications are still possible until end of February. More information can be found at



Special Issue of the Journal of the International Neural Network Society about Cortical Microcircuits

Members of CTCN are co-editing a special issue of the Journal "Neural Networks" about Cortical Microcircuits. The deadline for the special issue is approaching. The call and more information about submissions can be found here:



Research Assessment Exercise rates CTCN in the top range of UK Computer Science

Results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise came out in December

The University of Plymouth made a fantastic leap from place 65 to 50 on the list of UK universities. More information about this most pleasant event can be found here.

The Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience prepared a common bid with the Centre for Interactive Intelligent System. We received an outstanding evaluation with 25% of our research outputs rated world leading (4*), 50% world excellent (3*) and 25% world recognised (2*). This research profile makes us the number 13 of Computer Science Departments in the UK, a truly excellent result for a new university like UoP.



Music Science and the Brain : EmCAP public workshop

How is music processed in the brain? ... Is music uniquely human? ... How is music able to evoke memorable responses? ... Can we simulate human hearing with computers? ... Can computers compose music? ... How Music Produces Goose-bumps and Why Listeners Enjoy It

As the culmination of the EmCAP research project we will be holding a day of talks, demos and music at the University of Plymouth.

This free event is open to the public and features a lunchtime concert by Lola Perrin and an evening session by the Diesel Orchestra.




EmCAP goes to Cheltenham Festival!

The EmCAP research project has been invited to the internationally famous Cheltenham Festivals in 2008.  The initial intention was to give a public presentation highlighting the results of our research at the Cheltenham Science Festival, 4 - 8 June.

In addition there is a unique opportunity to give an additional presentation based on the links between the neuroscience of auditory perception and music at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 29 April – 5 May.  This is the first time that a scientific research group has been invited to speak at Cheltenham outside the science festival.

We are planning to involve the festival goers in the EmCAP research project directly by setting up a laboratory at the Jazz Festival and recruiting volunteers for perceptual experiments. Preliminary results of these experiments will be presented at the Science Festival one month later.



The Centre has acquired a generous conference grant by the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS) to hold a one week workshop and additional two-week seminar about:

"Complex dynamics in large-scale interacting brain systems: Towards physical models and consciousness."

The workshop and seminar will be organised by Prof Peter Achermann (Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Switzerland), Dr Eckehard Olbrich (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Leipzig, Germany) and Dr Thomas Wennekers (CTCN). It is kindly supported by the MPIPKS with 15.000 Euro travel money and 600 person days hotel & subsistence.

The list of preliminarily confirmed of speakers contains a large number of internationally top-ranking scientists like, beside others, Gyorgy Buzsaki (Rutgers University), Karl Friston (UCL), Pierre Maquet (Liege University), Terry Sejnowski (University of California), John Taylor (Kings College), Pedro Valdes-Sosa (Cuban Neuroscience Center). We are therefore looking forward to a highly exciting event at the MPIPKS in Dresden.

Further information will become available at the workshop webpage (see 2009 workshops)



Prof Mike Denham, one of the founding members of the Centre for Theoretical and Comutational Neuroscience and its head from 2003 to June 2007 retired at the beginning of November 2007. Mike will keep the status of Emeritus Professor at the University of Plymouth and in that role will remain coordinator of the Plymouth contribution to the EU-integrated project FACETS. The Centre greatly acknowledges his enthusiasm in keeping this responsibility on a fully voluntary base. Mike was also principal investigator of the EPSRC funded UK-wide COLAMN project, which comprises 10 scientists at 7 national research institutions and 7 international visiting members. The EPSRC has agreed that managment of this project will stay at the University of Plymouth with Thomas Wennekers (CTCN) as new principal investigator.