Connecting European Neuroscience

Treves, Alessandro

NENS Committee Member (2005 - 2007)

Current positions

2006- professor of neural computation at the Cognitive Neuroscience Sector, SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies), Trieste, Italy
2003- 20% associate professor at the Centre of Excellence for the Biology of Memory, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Research interests

Neural computation. Including:
Hippocampal circuitry and its operation in memory;
Cortical organization and attractor mechanisms;
Latching dynamics and the neural basis of language;
Storage capacity and dynamics of memory networks;
Information theoretic measures of neural activity.

Personal

b. 6 July 1960, Viareggio, Italy
married to Giordana
father to Nethanel, 1991, Ariela, 1994 and Shulamit, 1998

Curriculum Vitae

Education and previous positions

1979-1985
student at Yale College, Univ Firenze, Univ Roma I. Laurea in Fisica from Univ Roma I (MSc, theoretical physics)
1985-1986,1987-1989
student at Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem (physics). PhD, on neural networks, with Daniel Amit
1989-1992
postdoc at Oxford, with Edmund Rolls
1992-1995
research fellow at SISSA, Biophysics Sector
1995-2000
research fellow at SISSA, CNS
2000-2006
associate professor at SISSA, CNS

School-related activities
1998-2000
guest professor, Univ Udine
1999-2002
co-director, EU Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
2000-2004
coordinator, EU Marie Curie Training Site "Convergent Techniques in Computational Neuroscience"
2003,2005
guest professor, School of Cognitive Science, IPM, Tehran, Iran
2003-2004
guest professor, Gonda Brain Research Centre, Bar Ilan Univ, Tel Aviv/Ramat Gan, Israel

Other activities

2000-01
coordinator, CNS, SISSA
2006-
European Brain and Behaviour Society committee member and 39th AGM organiser
2000-
action editor, J Computational Neuroscience
2005-
action editor, Cognition
2003-2006
member of 2 review panels of the German BMBF funding initiative "Understanding thought processes"
2006
on the ex-post evaluation panel of the Volkswagenstiftung neuroscience funding initiative
2006-
on the HFSP grant review panel

Selected Publications

  • A Treves (2003) Computational constraints that may have favoured the lamination of sensory cortex. J Computational Neuroscience, 14:271-282.
  • A Treves (2004) Computational constraints between retrieving the past and predicting the future, and the CA3-CA1 differentiation. Hippocampus, 14:539-556.
  • A Treves (2005) Frontal latching networks: a possible neural basis for infinitive recursion. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 21, 276-291.

Prof. Alessandro Treves

Professor of Neural Computation
Cognitive Neuroscience Sector
International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
via Beirut 2
34014 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39-0403787623
Fax: +39-0403787615
E-mail: ale@sissa.it
Homepage: http://people.sissa.it/~ale/

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