News and opportunities
2018-01-23: Up to four PhD studentships available
There are up to four PhD studenships available related to my research
and the Brains on Board
Possible topics might include:
Please get in touch if you are interested and apply
- Olfactory learning and decision making in Drosophila
- Active learning in visual navigation
- Swarm exploration: multi-robot visual navigation through insect-inspired strategies
- Title: Bio-inspired devices for sensory augmentation and navigation
2017-06-28: Brian2GeNN v1.0 has been released
Today we released the first version of Brian2GeNN, the
frontend for the GeNN simulator.
There are many ways how to install, including anaconda (conda install
-c brian-team brian2genn), pip, or from the zip or tar ball directly available
The manual is hosted on ReadTheDocs.
Dynamic clamp software StdpC2017 has been released
We have released the latest version of our dynamic clamp software
StdpC2017 with a number of exciting updates and improved
capabilities. This includes an unlimited number of models that can be
run and data sources that can be used, including fully simulated
neuron models or small networks.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Call Open
We are interested to host MSCA fellows in relevant areas if you are
looking for a host organisation for your proposal, please get in
The deadline is 14 September, but preparing a proposal will take
I will be speaking at BrightonSEO this year: 7 April, The
BrightonSEO is a major conference on search engine optimization and
this year they invited me along to give a talk on AI in the
Details about BrightonSEO can be found on its
My slides are available as Nowotny-BrightonSEO-2017.pptx.
We are looking to support junior research associates (JRAs) this
In the framework of the new Brains on Board project, we
are hoping to support JRAs this summer to join us for 8 weeks of
research. We have colated a number of suggested
We are also looking to support students for the Google summer of
Code (GSoC) with another set of
two suggested topics
20/01/2017 A postdoc position is available on the
Odor Objects project
A post-doc position in Computational Neuroscience is available at the
University of Sussex for 20 months to be filled as soon as possible.
You will be joining the Odor
Objects project, in which we are investigating how
animals interpret the complex odor plumes of chemicals in the air to
identify sources of odors and distinguish them.
Odor Objects is supported by the
Human Frontiers Science Program
and combines 4 international groups in Konstanz, Germany
(physiology), Tempe, Arizona (behavior), Tokyo, Japan (robotics)
and Brighton, UK (computational models).
If you are joining us at Sussex your work
will involve computational modelling of brain networks and data
analysis of related data from the experimental partners. Models will
then be used to design bio-mimetic controllers which will be tested by
our partners in Japan.
We are looking for a talented post-doc with an interest in computational work. Applicants from all science disciplines are welcome but essential skills are the ability
to program, mathematical skills, e.g. to be able to apply dynamical systems analysis, and creative scientific thinking.
The bulk of the work will be carried out on the beautiful Falmer
campus of the University of Sussex at the outskirts of the lively
South Coast town of Brighton.
As part of the project you will travel to the project partners worldwide.
There are many opportunities for further interactions at Sussex beyond the project, e.g. with the Brains on Board project (BrainsOnBoard), and a wide variety of Neuroscience
research in Sussex Neuroscience.
For more details and to apply, please go to the Sussex application
site at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/1626.
There is an initial closing date of 1 February
2017 but we will continue searching until the position is filled.
02/11/2016: Three new positions for Research fellows on the
We are advertising three opening for research fellows on the new
project, aiming to create robotic controllers that will enable
autonomous robots with the navigational and learning abilities of a
honeybee. The project involves five research groups at the
University of Sheffield, Queen Mary University, London, and the
University of Sussex.
Positions are available for bio-inspired robotics, Computational
Neuroscience, and Computer Science (GPU accelerated computing).
Please find the details on
of Sussex job ad where you will also find the instructions and
links to apply.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may
Closing date: 1 December 2016. APPLY
01/09/2015: Studentship opportunities for the fall 2015 entry are now closed.
06/08/2015: Short-listed for IChemE Global awards
We have just been short-listed for the Global Awards of the Istitution of
Chemical Engineers, category "Best research project 2015", based on
our work on benchmarking Drosophila olfactory sensory neurons for real
31/03/2015: Human Frontiers Grant approved
Human Frontiers Science Programme grant "Odor-background segregation
and source localization using fast olfactory processing" with partners
Dr. Paul Szyszka (University of Konstanz, PI), Prof. Brian Smith
(Arizona State University) and Prof. Ryohei Kanzaki (University of
31/03/2015: PhD studentship available on new Human Frontiers grant:
Models of chemical sensing in complex environments.
entry. Email me with expressions of interest. All details and how to
apply: PhD Advert.
01/01/2015: New online software simulating ant behaviour
I have released today new software that simulates the trail following behaviours of ants on my outreach page. The software is intended to give an engaging introduction to the field of computational biology to a lay audience, including children.
22/12/2014: GeNN v2 released
The GeNN (GPU enhanced Neuronal Networks) software version 2.0 was released today. It has been the result of a major refactoring and many new features that make it even more flexible. The software can be downloaded from its GitHub page and more information is available on the GeNN homepage.
25/09/2014: Just published
T. Nowotny. Two challenges of correct validation in
pattern recognition. Front. Robotics & AI 1: 5, DOI:
18/03/2014: Marie Curie Individual Fellowship calls now open -
Interested in joining our group, for example extending our work on
honeybee neuroscience in the
Green Brain project, or
our sub-project on neuromorphic computing in
the Human Brain
Consider applying for a Marie Curie fellowship with us. Please get in touch
with me as soon as possible if you are interested. More details on the
programme are on
2020 Particpant Pages. Funding is available for EU researchers
moving to the UK from a different UK member state or associated
country (IEF scheme) or are coming from outside the UK (IIF scheme).
17/12/2013: 5 funded 4 year PhD studentships available in the new
Sussex Neuroscience PhD programme for 2014 entry.
The studentships will be assigned in a competitive
process. Students will complete 3 lab rotations before they select
their eventual PhD advisor. Please contact me if you are interested
and think you could submit a competitive application.
Details about the programme, offered topics, participating supervisors
and the application process can be found
programme page. Use the items in the left hand menu to
navigate the information pages.
17/12/2013: 6 funded PhD studentships available at the School of
Engineering and Informatics for 2014 entry.
The studentships will be assigned in a competitive
process. Prospective students can apply for a number of proposed
projects or propose their own. Please contact me if you are interested
and think you could submit a competitive application.
Futher details can be found
and on the
of Sussex announcement page
04/10/2013: Short-term post-doc in neuromorphic computing for chemical sensing:
This is a 7 month position for the pilot grant "Fast
electronic noses through
spiking neuromorphic networks" within
initiative, starting 2 February 2014 . In this project we aim to enhance the detection speed
and accuracy of electronic noses using GPU computing
and spiking neuronal networks, as well as attempting a proof of
concept for implementing these on neuromorphic hardware. For more
details contact me directly and watch out for the official job advert
to appear within a week from now.
14/06/2013: Two permanent positions available at Sussex:
The positions are in neural computation and machine learning within
the School of Engineering of Informatics, Department of Informatics,
see the job advert.
The application deadline is JULY 11, 2013.
The School of Engineering and Informatics is investing for the future; a key element of that investment is in innovative people. We are in the process of advertising 15 posts in areas of strategic importance to the School. One such area is neural computation, machine learning, and their applications. We wish make two appointments in this area: one at Lecturer level and the other at Senior Lecturer/Reader level.
Position 1 is in neural computation. Applicants for this position should have a strong research record in some aspect of neural computation, including: computational neuroscience; neuroinformatics; neuro-centric biorobotics; and applications of neural computation in biology, cognitive science, or image processing.
Position 2 is in machine learning. Applicants for this position should have a strong research record in machine learning, with an interest in applying their research to problems in fields such as natural language processing, data mining and social media analysis.
The successful applicants will join
the Evolutionary and Adaptive
Systems Research Group or
the Cognitive and Language
Processing Systems Research Group, but will be expected to
contribute to other related research activities in the School. These
include multidisciplinary research centres including
the Centre for Computational
Robotics, the Sackler
Centre for Consciousness Science, and
the Centre for Research in
Cognitive Science. See the Informatics research page for more
02/05/2013: NVIDIA training day at Sussex:
There will be a one day training event on 9 May 2013, 10:30 -
16:00. The event will cover after a general introduction to GPU
computing, NVIDIA CUDA and OpenAcc, some concrete hands-on training in
NVIDIA CUDA. The event is primarily aimed at faculty and students at
Sussex but we may be able to accomodate some guests depending on
interest and capacity. Please contact me by email if you are
01/05/2013: The Project Website goes life:
The Green Brain Project
Website is now live. You will find all up to date information on
our progress and links to background information on this site.
10/03/2013: Project launched at Sussex:
The Green Brain
Project has commenced at Sheffield and Sussex, led by
Dr. Marshall at Sheffield and myself at Sussex. Our first goal will be to
develop a GPU-accelerated model of the olfactory system of the bee
with the help of Dr. Esin Yavuz
21/01/2013: Chancellor's International Research Scholarships:
Interested in pursuing a PhD at Sussex and not from the EU/UK? Consider applying for a Chancellor's Scholarship on the University admissions site . Or contact me directly. More details can be found on the University's information page.
19/09/2012: 3 Postdoc positions available
Three post-doctoral positions are available at Sussex (computational neuroscientist) and Sheffield (computational neuroscientist and roboticist) in the EPSRC-funded Green Brain project. Positions are for 3 years and with a salary range of £30,122 - £37012 according to relevant experience. For all details and to apply go to the Sussex Recruitment Site for the Sussex job and to the Sheffield Recruitment Site, references UOS005250, UOS005253. The closing dates are 14 Oct (Sussex) and 17 Oct (Sheffield). If you are interested i more than one of the positions, please apply on both site separately.
04/04/2012: Olfaction Workshop on the CNS*2012 Conference in Atlanta/Decatur
We are organising a workshop on "Examining the dynamic nature of neural representations with the olfactory system" on the CNS*2012 conference in Atlanta/Decatur on eith 25 or 26 July 2012. See the workshop page for details and the conference page for general information about the conference, travel and registration.
31/01/2012: Newton Fellowships of the Royal Society
The Royal Society/ British Academy Newton International Fellowships scheme has just opened.
The Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the humanities, the natural, physical and social sciences. The Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.
If you would be interested to apply for a Fellowship with me at Sussex, please contact me by email at t.nowotny(at)sussex.ac.uk. More information is available on www.newtonfellowships.org. Deadline is Monday 16 April 2012.
31/01/2012: PhD studentships available
A PhD studentships are available in the Schools of Engineering and Informatics, see research scholarships in Engineering and Informatics, apply on the PG admissions site. Or write me an email at t.nowotny(at)sussex.ac.uk for informal inquiries. The application
deadline is the 14 February 2012.
01/12/2011: PhD studentship available
A PhD studentship is available in "Models of mixture coding and
olfactory object recognition in honeybees". For details please refer
to the official advertisment
Or write me an email at t.nowotny(at)sussex.ac.uk. The application
deadline is the 31 January 2012.
09/06/2011: StdpC2010-2 released
A new version of the Dynamic Clamp
StdpC has been released on 9 June 2011 with important bug
fixes, in particular in the parameter dialog for HH
conductances. Thanks to A. Szücs for pointing out this
problem. Download the new version at
sourceforge.net . If you are interested in future bug fixes,
please subscribe to the project's mailing
12/04/2011: GeNN (GPU enhanced Neural Network simulator) released
GeNN was released
on 12 April 2011
on sourceforge. This is a
software source library in C++ that allows to simulate neuronal
networks on GPUs through a simple programming
interface. Importantly, many different neuron types are supported
and the library is extensible for new neuron types.
The software is functional but needs more testing. We have tentatively
classififed it as pre-alpha.
The GeNN system will officially be launched on
the CNS*2011 conference
in Stockholm in July later this year. More public material will be
available after that time. In the meantime we are looking for
interested developers and testers. Please contact me directly or
through the sourceforge website.