Zylberberg, Joel

Joel Zylberberg

Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair, Tier 2
Ph.D. (Berkeley)

Department(s): Physics and Astronomy
Centre for Vision Research; Vision: Science to Application (VISTA)

Office: 243 Petrie Science & Engineering Building (PSE)
Phone: (416)736-2100 ext. 33603

Research Fields
Biological Physics

Graduate Program Appointment
Full Member: Eligible to supervise M.Sc. or Ph.D.

Research Types
Computational, Theoretical

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Research specialization
Visual cortex; Retina; Synaptic Plasticity; Learning; Perception; Information Theory; Machine Learning

I study the way the brain represents information about the outside world, and the way in which those representations are learned. My immediate goal is to build on my expertise in machine learning and sensory neuroscience to create a camera to brain translator that could restore sight to the blind, and could be used in computer vision systems. In parallel, I will develop new data science methods that will infer the brain’s learning rules from in vivo neural data, and use those methods to determine how behavioural context affects synaptic plasticity in the visual cortex. Next, I will use the brain’s learning rules to make next-generation machine learning algorithms that will be more flexible and efficient than the current state of the art. Finally, I will reveal how the interaction between different retinal ganglion cell types supports the communication of visual information from the eyes to the brain. That work may have strong implications for the development of next-generation retinal prosthetics.