Alessandro Gifford

Alessandro Gifford

Computational neuroscientist

Berlin, Germany

About me

I'm a PhD student doing research in cognitive computational neuroscience at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany. I am part of the Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition Lab, led by Radoslaw Cichy.

People do science for many different reasons. As for me, I deeply enjoy intellectual challenges, and I see science as an exciting mystery game in which to think, explore, discover and create.

For example, some unsolved enigmas are How are complex cognitive functions (such as vision, or language) algorithmically solved by intelligent systems, especially by the human brain? or What are the similarities and differences between the algorithms used by brains, and the ones used by artificial intelligence systems? My research focuses on answering these and similar questions by leveraging the symbiotic interaction between neuroscience and computer science. I combine brain data with machine learning to develop new computational modeling tools that advance our theoretical understanding of the algorithms underlying intelligent systems.

Besides scientific research, things in life that I appreciate are: philosophy, learning, open and honest communication, movies (independent/arthouse), electronic music, playing Frisbee, mountain hikes, sleeping.