Dimitris Pinotsis, PhD (PI)
Dimitris is a theoretical neuroscientist with a PhD in Mathematics and an MSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge in England where he worked with Thanasis Fokas. After graduating, he published more than fifteen papers in mathematics and physics journals and then decided to pursue a career in neuroscience, his true passion. Dimitris spent six and a half years at University College London (UCL) working with Karl Friston in machine learning and developing mathematical methods for the analysis of brain data; then continued at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he worked with Earl Miller on using predictive coding and deep neural networks to address fundamental questions in cognitive neuroscience. In 2018, he joined the Center for Mathematical Neuroscience and Psychology at City—University of London as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer). He is now an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the same university and a Research Affiliate at MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department.
Sean Fitzgerald, PhD
Sean is a tech start-up veteran and data scientist who holds a PhD from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His doctoral research with George Christopoulos focused on understanding decisions made for other individuals (allocentric decisions), in particular the neural mechanisms underpinning the vicarious valuation of human effort. After submitting his thesis, Sean co-founded GolfLine, Inc., a tech firm that used machine learning to evaluate golfers’ offers for tee times. He served as the Director of Data Analytics for GolfLine and developed the key intellectual property and proprietary deep-learning neural networks responsible for the real-time bid classification. Sean's aim is to synthesize best practices from his industry and academic experiences to better understand human behavior, cognition, and neural functioning. When Sean is not staring into the abyss of stack overflow tabs on his computer, he is at the nearest sand or beach volleyball court trying to deliver a perfect hand set.
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Melissa Reneaux, PhD
Melissa is a theoretical neuroscientist with a PhD degree in computational neuroscience from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. During herdoctoral work with Prof. Karmeshu and Dr. A. Krishnamachari, she investigated the effect of dopamine in working memory maintenance in the prefrontal cortex using mean field models. After completing her doctoral work, she went on to work in the lab of Prof. Claudia Clopath at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral scholar, where she investigated the effect of inflammation in clinical depression.
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Gozde graduated from MSc in Engineering Management, BSc in Control and Automation Engineering and BSc in Industrial Engineering (double major) at Istanbul Technical University. During her MSc degree, she started working as an analyst, but after her thesis, she realised that she is more interested in research than applications. In her PhD, Gozde focuses on how emotions influence perceptual decision making and how product features are processed by the brain (e.g how fast, by which brain networks, at which level of abstraction etc) using EEG and VR technologies. In her free time, Gozde is a passionate rower and swimmer.
Namrata has a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Marketing & Psychology and has previously worked in a Social-Cognitive Psychology lab working on Actions, Motivated behaviours and social contagion utilising mixed methods. She spent a year working at tech-startup Scapic working with XR technologies across various industries. Her research interests include neuroeconomics, the psychophysics of decision making and the biological basis of consumer choice; which she explores through utilisation of new technologies such as VR, AR, Motion tracking and neuroimaging. In her PhD, Namrata is exploring the effects of marketing stimuli on underlying neural correlates in consumer behaviour and decisions in digital environments with a curiosity to model these effects using computational neuroscience.
Rudra completed his Bachelor's in Commerce from Delhi University and is currently pursuing his MSc in Data Science at City-University of London. He is interested in using data science tools and neural networks to study the mind and how it controls the body. Rudra's project focuses on the study of brain-body dynamics through the use of EEG and ECG/GSR data; and disclosing attentional effects and their signatures in body signals.
George has a medical degree from the University of Crete in Greece. After graduation, he completed
an MSc course in Neuroimaging at King’s College London. He is interested in how computational and cognitive techniques can be used to understand perception and decision-making in psychiatric disorders. He is currently working with EEG data and is focusing on brain-body interactions.