Bridging Neuroscience and Deep Machine Learning, by building theories that work in the Real World.
Principal Investigator (Assistant Professor)
Ryan Pyle I am currently a Postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Patel. My research is focused on understanding the implicit bias of neural networks, and using new insights to build better tools and visualizers to aid in understanding. I am also interested understanding recurrent networks and reservoir computing for modeling physical systems.
Josue Ortega Caro (https://josueortc.github.io/) I am currently a graduate student in the Quantitative and Computational Biosciences Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine. My research focuses on the role of recurrent computation in visual perception by using neurally-inspired deep learning models. In addition, I have an interest in canonical correlation analysis, representational dissimilarity analysis, and other methods to understand the computational differences between two trained neural networks. Moreover, I am part of the NINAI (Neuroscience-Inspired Networks for Artificial Intelligence) team, whose goal is to conduct brain research for machine learning.
Undergraduate Students and Alumni
Wanjia (Robin) Liu My name is Robin and I graduated with an MS in Computer Science. My research in Patel Lab focused on learning retinomorphic event-driven representations, inspired by biological retina on a functional level, for deep learning video tasks such as action recognition and reinforcement learning.
Rhonald Lua My name is Rhonald. At the Patel Lab, I used methods in deep learning to estimate parameters of spiking neuron models and differential equations from data. I also worked on a project to train neural networks to classify actions occurring in videos. In the process, I studied and clarified how backpropagation works and how to take insights and inspiration from human and animal vision to distill the essentials of motion for action recognition in videos. Currently: I work as a tour guide at Space Center Houston/ Johnson Space Center visitor center, and intern at Lazarus3D.