Modeling in Neuroscience and Cognition

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The NeuroMod Institute for Modeling in Neuroscience and Cognition aims at promoting modeling as an approach for integrating brain mechanisms and cognitive functions. To meet this central challenge of integration in cognitive science, the institute relies on the interdisciplinary resources available within the Université Côte d’Azur: more than 150 researchers and 15 laboratories. The Université Côte d'Azur encourages interaction between human sciences (psychology, behavioral economics, language sciences), modeling (computer science, mathematics, physics, etc.) and neuroscience (biology, neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine, etc.). NeuroMod is unique because of the variety of approaches used to integrate different models at multiple levels, from neurons and their molecular mechanisms, to cognitive processes and behaviors, through neural network dynamics.

The NeuroMod Institute also provides interdisciplinary training for Master students, PhD students and future faculty members. We opened an international elite degree in Modeling for Neuronal and Cognitive Systems (Master of Science Mod4NeuCog) and a national Master's degree in Cognitive Science.

Research Areas

Biologically Inspired Machine Learning

Nowadays, the field of machine learning is experiencing exponential growth and interest. Recent advances in deep learning have changed everyday life, with the use of smartphones for instance, and will also change everyone’s life in the near future with autonomous cars. We are working on injecting more biologically inspired features in these algorithms, and evaluating the performance of an algorithm on more human/cognitive aspects with the goal of improving the understanding of such algorithms and finding new self-learning software/hardware implementations. ...

Neuronal Interfaces

Neuronal interfaces artificially modify the activity of the central or peripheral nervous system and can serve for restorative and rehabilitation therapeutic purposes. 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

A large number of 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 being carried out at the Université Côte d'Azur on these diseases, in particular on epilepsy, migraine, mental retardation, intellectual disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. autism, hyperactivity). In order to fully understand pathological mechanisms and develop therapeutic approaches, it is important to shed light on these dysfunctions at all levels. ...

Human prediction

Prediction of changes in the environment is a fundamental adaptive property of the brain. To do so, 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. ...



Idex projects are funded by UCAJEDI. Here are the 4 Idex projects funded

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MSc Mod4NeuCog


Modeling for Neuronal and Cognitive systems

Mod4NeuCog is a graduate program in neuronal and cognitive system modeling, designed to train the interdisciplinary researchers of tomorrow. The program encourages students to develop their natural curiosity and become independent.

Master Cognitive Sciences

Cognitive sciences

The first Master in Cognitive Sciences of the Côte d'Azur opened this year, thus completing the Mod4NeuCog training. The courses of the Cognitive Science Master are fully mutualized with various Masters from the University Côte d'Azur.
This master's degree, directed by Frédéric Lavigne, offers an interdisciplinary training focused on cognitive sciences related to neurosciences and human sciences.






The NeuroMod institute organizes seminars and mini-courses on a monthly basis. They are intended for a large audience (students, faculty and researchers in different fields such as mathematics, computer sciences, biology, cognitive sciences, etc.). Each mini-course is recorded and released on the website.


Modeling / Data Analysis / Implementation

JADieudo.png J.A. Dieudonné laboratory This mathematics research laboratory is a Joint Research Unit - UMR No. 7351 - attached to the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS).
The laboratory brings together 137 researchers and faculty researchers, 15 administrative staff members and research assistant engineers and 71 doctoral and post-doctoral fellows.
The laboratory is organized into 6 teams with specific expertise in modeling (PDEs, probabilities, dynamic systems, topology) and statistics applied to neuroscience. It also includes a neurophysiologist who works (among other things) on collecting cortex slice data using multielectrode array technology.
i3s.png I3S Laboratory The I3S laboratory is one of the most important research laboratories of the Côte d'Azur in the field of information and communication sciences, and was one of the first installed on the Sophia Antipolis technology site.
Its staff of over 300 people includes some 100 faculty 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 houses 20 CNRS researchers and 13 Inria researchers, as well as some 20 technical and administrative staff members. Nearly 90 doctoral fellows, a dozen postdoc fellows, 60 master's or engineering school students complete the workforce.
The I3S has expertise in data mining, deep learning, modeling by discrete systems, and simulation of neural network. The I3S Modeling Simulation and Neurocognition team straddles the I3S and the LJAD laboratories and shares a research engineer in scientific computing.
lagrange.png Lagrange OCA laboratory The J.-L. LAGRANGE laboratory is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7293) of the Côte d'Azur Observatory, the CNRS and the Université Côte d'Azur. It is part of the Côte d'Azur Observatory (OCA). One of its teams specializes more particularly in signal processing and works on the processing of data published on electrodes.
inria.png Inria Inria is a national research institute dedicated to digital sciences that employs 2,600 people to meet 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. Members of INRIA are specialized in modeling, data acquisition and processing (in particular EEG, MRI), and 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 (a component of the Université Côte d'Azur) and the CNRS (UMR No. 7248). Its scientific work focuses on two main fields: the first concerns antennas, electromagnetism and microwaves and the second includes communicating objects, optimization of wireless networks, embedded systems and systems on Chip (SoC). The LEAT has 69 members, 31 permanent and 38 non-permanent (doctoral, post-doctoral fellows, etc.). One of the research areas where LEAT is specialized, is the design of neuromorphic maps.
inphyni.png InPhyNi The Physics Institute of Nice is a new institute concentrating on fundamental physics and innovation. The activities of InPhyNi are divided into three main fields, Waves and Quantum Physics, Photonics, and Nonlinear Physics, Complex Fluids and Biophysics. It specializes more particularly in nonlinear optics / laser physics, which can be used as a complementary solution for the hardware implementation of neural networks, as compared with neuromorphic cards.
icn.png ICN The Chemistry Institute of Nice (ICN), led by Prof. Dr. Uwe J. Meierhenrich, is a research laboratory that belongs to the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and is associated with the CNRS (UMR 7272). It has close to 80 staff members, 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. INC members are specialized in the olfaction and molecular simulation of 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) and located in an exceptional environment (University Hospital, University, University of Applied Sciences, engineering school, INRIA, INRA, 1,400 companies, 5,000 students and researchers). The 20 world-class research teams benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and a high level of expertise in molecular and cellular biology, imaging, cytometry, biomolecule analysis, electrophysiology, functional genomics and integrative biology. The IPMC specializes in the treatment of migraine and Alzheimer's disease by studying the functioning of ion channels.
ibv.jpg IBV The Institute of Biology Valrose (iBV) in Nice is an international research center funded by the CNRS, INSERM, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, 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 a common interest in translating basic research into knowledge applied in the hospital. Some of the IBV members are more particularly specialized in the cortical development.
lp2m.png LP2M The projects of the Laboratory of Molecular PhysioMedecine focus on renal, vascular, muscular, neurosensory and bone physiology as well as inflammation and cancer. The LP2M studies 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. One of the main research topics of the LP2M is the study of membrane potentials. The laboratory also specializes in neurosensory physiology.


bcl.png BCL The Laboratory of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics is under the dual supervision of the CNRS and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and has close to one hundred members: researchers, faculty researchers, associates, engineers, technicians, doctoral fellows and administrative staff. The field of study of BCL is language, from its cognitive architecture to its most concrete discursive or textual practices. It conducts multidisciplinary studies specific to cognitive sciences, at the crossroads of linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Language and its characteristics are the basis for studying its functioning but also for studying the memory system and probabilistic processes of anticipation and prediction, fundamental to understanding and modeling the functioning of the neurocognitive system.
lapcos.jpg LAPCOS This interdisciplinary laboratory spans several disciplines: anthropology, social psychology, clinical, occupational psychology, neuropsychology, sociology, human movement sciences (STAPS), educational sciences and psychology, art history. LAPCOS carries out research activities in the fields of neuropsychology and developmental psychology.
gredeg.png GREDEG GREDEG is a research laboratory in Law, Economics and Management. Its 93 researchers and faculty researchers conduct theoretical and applied research in seven core projects with a multidisciplinary focus. One of its research programs focuses more particularly on the experimental and cognitive economy.
lamhess.jpg LAMHESS The Laboratoire Motricité Humaine Education Sport Health (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, University of South Toulon Var) is an interuniversity and multidisciplinary thematic laboratory centered on the physiological, epidemiological and psychosociological determinants of Human Motricity in two fields of application: high-performance sport and the concept of physical vulnerability in public health. The LAMHESS works in particular on the links between physical effort and cognitive abilities.

Medical research

logoFRIS.png CMRR The main actions of the Memory Resource and Research Center concern patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Since 1990, the CHU of Nice has been studying memory disorders. The team from the Memory Center is a member of the European Alzheimer's disease consortium and is actively involved in defining the missions of the French Alzheimer Plan. The CoBTEK team works in the field of mental illness (Alzheimer among others) using information and communication techniques and particularly imaging and video processing techniques. They are also collaborating with the Fédération de Recherche Interventions en Santé (FRIS) from Université Côte d'Azur.
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 particularly involved in an FHU InovPain program for the treatment of pain, in partnership with iBV, I3S and the company MXM.



INRIA Centre de recherche Sophia Antipolis

2004 Route des Lucioles

06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex


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