09/11/2017, 16:00 — 17:00 — Abreu Faro Amphitheatre
Pedro Lima, Instituto Superior Técnico, CEMAT - Universidade de Lisboa
The Mathematics of the Brain
With an extremely large number of functional units (neurons) and an even larger number of connections between them (synapses) the brain is maybe the most complex system that Science has ever tried to explain and simulate. Neuroscience is nowadays a multidisciplinary field which mobilizes all over the world thousands of scientists having different profiles, from medical doctors to computer engineering. including mathematicians. The mathematical tools of Neuroscience are getting more and more complex, giving rise to new branches, such as Mathematical Neuroscience or Computational Neuroscience. In this talk we will visit some of the most well-known mathematical models, emphasizing the role that mathematical topics such as Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis or even Algebraic Topology play in the modelling of the brain and the nervous system.