Dr Rui Ponte Costa

BEng, MSc, MRes, PhD

  • BS8 1UB

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I lead the Neural and Machine learning group. Our group seeks to understand the principles underlying learning in the brain. To this end, we bring neural and machine learning together across multiple levels. We collaborate with experimental and theoretical neuroscience, and machine learning groups in the UK and internationally.

We are part of the Bristol Computational Neuroscience UnitFaculty of Engineering and interact closely with the Bristol Neuroscience and machine learning communities.


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  • A deep learning framework for neuroscience

    Richards, B. A., Lillicrap, T. P., Beaudoin, P., Bengio, Y., Bogacz, R., Christensen, A., Clopath, C., Costa, R. P., de Berker, A., Ganguli, S., Gillon, C. J., Hafner, D., Kepecs, A., Kriegeskorte, N., Latham, P., Lindsay, G. W., Miller, K. D., Naud, R., Pack, C. C., Poirazi, P. & 12 others, Roelfsema, P., Sacramento, J., Saxe, A., Scellier, B., Schapiro, A. C., Senn, W., Wayne, G., Yamins, D., Zenke, F., Zylberberg, J., Therien, D. & Kording, K. P., 28 Oct 2019, In: Nature Neuroscience. 22, 11, p. 1761-1770 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article (Academic Journal)peer-review

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    126 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Dendritic cortical microcircuits approximate the backpropagation algorithm

    Sacramento, J., Costa, R. P., Bengio, Y. & Senn, W., 2018, Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems: NeurIPS 2018. p. 8721-8732

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

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  • Synaptic Transmission Optimization Predicts Expression Loci of Long-Term Plasticity

    Costa, R. P., Padamsey, Z., D'Amour, J. A., Emptage, N. J., Froemke, R. C. & Vogels, T. P., 27 Sep 2017, In: Neuron. 96, 1, p. 177-189.e7 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

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