Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
What the facility does

Computational and mathematical modelling of the brain and brain function.

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience has developed state-of-the-art models of perceptual, cognitive, and motor processing. We constructed the world’s largest functional brain model, Spaun, published in Science. We have developed unique tools and methods for building brain-like simulations at the level of single neurons.

Research services

Neural modelling, design of controllers, neural networks, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics

Sectors of application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media

Specialized lab



Neural Server Room

HPC GPU Servers

High-performance computing (HPC). Large-scale neural network simulation.

Neurorobotics Lab

Neuromorphic computers

Hardware testing of neural controllers and algorithms.


Custom manipulators



Mobile robots



eDVS cameras


Biosignals Lab

EEG machine

Human subject measurements.


CRS LiveTrack

Eye trackers.


SRS Research EyeLink

Eye trackers.

  • Intel
  • Open Text Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • D-Wave Systems Inc.
  • Desire2Learn Incorporated
  • Applied Brain Research (ABR)
  • CrossWing Inc.
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • IBM Corporation
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
  • University of Manchester
  • University College London (UCL)



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