Modeling in Neuroscience and Cognition

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C@UCA becomes the first Thematique institute of UCA and is now NeuroMod Institute.

Thanks to an outstanding evaluation by the think tank, the structuring program “ Cognitive systems, normality and pathology of the human brain and computational neuroscience” is becoming one of the first thematic Institute of Université Côte d’Azur.

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NeuroMod Institute

The NeuroMod Institute for Modeling in Neuroscience and Cognition aims at promoting modeling as an approach integrating brain mechanisms and cognitive functions. To harness this central challenge of integration in cognitive science, the institute is based on the interdisciplinary forces present at Université Côte d’Azur, meaning more than 150 researchers and 15 laboratories. The UCA site allows for interactions between human sciences (psychology, behavioral economics, language sciences), modeling (computer science, mathematics, physics etc), neuroscience (biology, neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine etc). This variety of approaches offers NeuroMod specificity in the multilevel integration of different models, from neurons and their molecular mechanisms to cognitive processes and behaviors, through neural networks dynamics.

The NeuroMod Institute also responds to the issue of interdisciplinary training in cognitive science for Master students, PhD students and future teachers / researchers. 

It is the bearer of a high-level international training in Modeling in Neuroscience and Cognition and proposes a national Master in Cognitive Science as well as an international elite diploma in Modelling for neuronal and cognitive systems (Msc Mod4NeuCog).


Research axes

Biologically inspired Machine Learning

Machine Learning is nowadays a field of exponential growth and interest. The recent advances in deep learning have changed the everyday life of many users of smartphones for instance and they will also change everyone’s life in a near future by driving autonomous cars. We are working on the injection of more biologically inspired features in these algorithms, evaluate the performance of an algorithm on more human/cognitive aspects with the goal of improving the understanding of such algorithms and to find new self-learning software/hardware implementations. ...

Neuronal Interfaces

Neuronal interfaces consists in artificially modifying the activity of the Central or Peripheral Nervous System with restorative and rehabilitation therapeutic objectives. Neuromodulation can be induced by electric or electromagnetic stimulation (implanted electrodes, TMS, DBS), optogenetic stimulation, chemical agents, or even by self-observation of activity (neurofeedback). ...

Physiopathology of neuronal micronetworks

Numerous neurological and psychiatric diseases are caused by dysfunctions of cortical neuronal networks that are often incorrectly assembled during embryological life. Several cutting edge basic research projects are carried out at UCA on these diseases, in particular on epilepsy, migraine, mental retardation, intellectual disabilities, Alzheimer disease and other neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. autism, hyperactivity). In order to fully understand the pathological mechanisms and develop therapeutic approaches, it is necessary to shed light on the dysfunctions at all levels. ...

Human prediction

Prediction of changes in the environment is a fundamental adaptive property of the brain. To do so, the cognitive and neural mechanisms must activate in memory potential future stimuli on the basis of preceding ones. This basic function is involved in a large variety of cognitive activities ranging from semantic and syntactic processing during language comprehension to decision making in cognitive economics. ...



The idex projects are projects funded by UCA-JEDI. Here are the 4 idex projects funded

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Master Mod4NeuCog


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Mod4NeuCog is a graduate program in modeling of neuronal and cognitive systems, designed to educate the interdisciplinary researchers of tomorrow. The program aims at fostering natural curiosity and autonomy in students.




The NeuroMod institut organises seminars and mini-courses at a monthly period. They are intended to a large audience (students, teachers and searchers in different domains as mathematics, computer sciences, biology, cognitive sciences, etc.). Each mini-course will be reccorded and released on the web site.



Modeling / Data Analysis / Implementation

JADieudo.png J.A. Dieudonné laboratory Mathematics research laboratory. The laboratory is a Joint Research Unit - UMR N ° 7351 - dependent on the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (UNS)
The laboratory brings together 137 researchers and teacher-researchers, 15 administrative staff and research assistance engineers and 71 doctoral and post-doctoral students.
The laboratory is structured around 6 teams with particular expertise in modeling (PDEs, probabilities, dynamic systems, topology) and statistics for neuroscience. It also includes a neurophysiologist who works (among other things) on the collection of data on cortex slice by MultiElectrodeArray.
i3s.png I3S Laboratory The I3S laboratory is one of the most important research laboratories in the information and communication sciences of the Côte d'Azur and was one of the first to set up on the Sophia Antipolis technology park.
It brings together a little 300 people: it is composed of about 100 teachers-researchers mainly from 3 components of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS): Polytech Nice Sophia (the engineering school of the UNS) , the Faculty of Sciences and the IUT. The laboratory also includes 20 CNRS researchers and 13 Inria researchers, as well as some 20 technical and administrative staff. Nearly 90 doctoral students, a dozen postdoc, 60 master's trainees or engineering school complete the workforce.
In particular, the I3S has expertise in data mining, deep learning, modeling by discrete systems, simulation of neural network. The i3s Modeling Simulation and Neurocognition team is in practice straddling the i3s and the LJAD and shares a research engineer in scientific computing.
lagrange.png Lagrange OCA laboratoryThe laboratory J.-L. LAGRANGE is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7293) of the French Riviera Observatory, the CNRS and the Côte d'Azur University. It is part of the observatory of the French Riviera (OCA). In particular, one of its teams specializes in signal processing and works on the processing of published data on the electrodes.
inria.png Inria Inria, a national research institute dedicated to digital, employs 2,600 people who are taking up the challenges of computer science and mathematics. Inria is organized into "project teams" that bring together researchers with complementary skills around a focused scientific project. In particular, members of INRIA are specialists in modeling, data acquisition and processing (in particular EEG, MRI), IT solutions (in particular the CobTeK team with the Memory Center).
leat.png LEAT The Laboratory of Electronics, Antennas and Telecommunications (LEAT) is a Joint Unit of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (member University Côte d'Azur) and CNRS (UMR No. 7248). Its scientific fields are articulated around two main axes: the first concerns antennas, electromagnetism and microwaves and the second focuses on communicating objects, optimization of wireless networks, embedded systems and systems on Chip (SoC). The LEAT regroups 69 members, 31 of whom are permanent and 38 non-permanent (doctoral students, post-docs, etc.). In particular, one of LEAT's areas of research specializes in the design of neuromorphic maps.
inphyni.png InPhyNi The Physics Institute of Nice is a new institute at the service of fundamental physics and innovation Laboratory of Physics. The activities of INPHYNI are structured around three main axes, Waves and Quantum Physics, Photonics, as well as Nonlinear Physics, Complex Fluids and Biophysics. In particular specialist in nonlinear optics / laser which can be used as a complementary solution for a hardware implementation of neural networks compared to neuromorphic cards.
icn.png ICN The Chemistry Institute of Nice (ICN), led by Prof. Dr. Uwe J. Meierhenrich, is a research laboratory of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis associated with the CNRS (UMR 7272) which gathers about 80 people, including about fifty permanent. The ICN is organized into four research teams: the "Aromas - Fragrances - Syntheses - Modeling" team, the "Bioactive Molecules" team, the "Human and Environmental Radiochemistry" team and the "Eco-compatible Materials and Polymers" team. In particular, INC members are specialists in olfaction and molecular simulation for olfactory neurons.


ipmc.jpg IPMC The Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology is a multi-thematic research center in biology, associating the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS), in an exceptional environment (University Hospital, University, University of Applied Sciences). engineers, INRIA, INRA, 1400 companies, 5000 students and researchers). The 20 world-class research teams benefit from a high-level technological environment in molecular and cellular biology, imaging, cytometry, biomolecule analysis, electrophysiology, functional genomics and integrative biology. In particular, the IPMC is a specialist in the treatment of migraine and alzheimer pathology by a better understanding of the functioning of the ion channels.
ibv.jpg IBV The Institute of Biology Valrose (iBV) in Nice is an international research centre funded by CNRS, INSERM, the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, the Regional Cancer Research Center and EU. The focus of the Institute is to understand the basic principles governing the development of normal cells, tissues and embryos and those leading to pathogenesis and cancer. We bring together research teams with complementary areas of expertise and with a common interest in translating basic research into knowledge for the clinic. In particular, some of the IBV members are specialist ot the cortical developpement.
lp2m.png LP2M Laboratory of Molecular PhysioMedecine. The unit's projects focus on renal, vascular, muscular, neurosensory and bone physiology as well as inflammation and cancer. The LP2M study the mechanisms of oxidative stress and its protection, the causes and effects of inflammation, the regulation of intracellular pH and the regulation of membrane potential. In particular, one of the main research topics of the LP2M concerns the study of membrane potentials and specializes in neurosensory physiology


bcl.png BCL Laboratory of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics. Under the twofold supervision of C.N.R.S. and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, the BCL has a hundred members, researchers, teachers-researchers, associates, engineers, technicians, doctoral students and administrative staff. The object of study of BCL is the language, from its cognitive architecture to its most concrete discursive or textual realizations. In particular, his work concerns the development of multidisciplinary studies characteristic of cognitive sciences at the crossroads of linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. The language and its characteristics are taken as an anchor for the study of its functioning but also for the study of the memory system and probabilistic processes of anticipation and prediction, fundamental to understanding and modeling the functioning. of the neurocognitive system. Laboratoire de linguistique et psycholinguistique.
lapcos.jpg LAPCOS Psychology laboratory. LAPCOS is an interdisciplinary laboratory grouping many disciplines: anthropology, social psychology, clinical, occupational psychology, neuropsychology, sociology, human movement sciences (STAPS), educational sciences and psychology. the history of art. In particular, LAPCOS has research activities in the fields of neuropsychology and developmental psychology.
gredeg.png GREDEG GREDEG is a research laboratory in Law, Economics and Management. Gathering 93 researchers and teacher-researchers, GREDEG develops theoretical and applied research in seven structuring projects with a multidisciplinary focus, in particular one of its research focuses on the experimental and cognitive economy.
lamhess.jpg LAMHESS The Laboratoire Motricité Humaine Education Sport Health (LAMHESS, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, University of South Toulon Var) is an interuniversity, multidisciplinary thematic laboratory centered on the physiological, epidemiological and psychosociological determinants of the Human Motricity in two fields of application: research on high-performance sport and public health research around the concept of physical vulnerability. The LAMHESS works in particular on the links between physical effort and cognitive abilities.

Medical research

cmrr.png CMRR CMRR means Memory Resource and Research Center. Its main action concerne patients suffering from Alzheimer Disease and related disorders. Since 1990, the CHU of Nice is evaluating memory disorders. The team from the Memory Center is a member of the European Alzheimer's disease consortium of several scientific societies and is actively involved in the development of the Alzheimer's national plan missions.The CoBTEK team works in the field of patients suffering from mental illnesses (Alzheimer among others) using information and communication techniques and most particularly imaging and video processing techniques.
chu.png CHU The University Hospital Center is a public health institution. It has a triple role of care, teaching and research. The CHU of Nice is in particular carrying a FHU InovPain on the treatment of pain, in partnership with iBV, i3s and the company MXM.