The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a Foundation created to promote excellence in research in Italy. It is open to the active participation of private organizations to encourage technological development and training in science and technology. Currently, there are approximately 1000
researchers at IIT with a strong international component.
The IIT CNCS (Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems) at Rovereto focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the computational abilities of the brain. Currently the department includes psychophysical techniques, functional imaging, and trans-cranial stimulation, along with computational approaches. Research includes examining how sensory cues and active movements of the body are integrated to support perception, studying brain mechanisms for attention and timing, and devising advanced methods for decoding/encoding neurophysiological signals.
The CNCS is hosted at the novel research facilities of the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences – CIMeC (http://www.unitn.it/cimec), an interdisciplinary center for teaching and research in cognitive neuroscience of the University of Trento in Rovereto, Italy.
IIT participates in VISUALISE with the Laboratory of Neural Computation at the IIT-CNCS centre in Rovereto (Tn).The Laboratory of Neural Computation is directed by Stefano Panzeri and is interested in understanding how populations of neurons in the cerebral cortex encode and exchange information. The laboratory investigates these issues by means of computational tools. In particular, the laboratory has significant experience in the analysis and modeling of microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic neural signals such as simultaneous recordings of single neurons, LFPs, EEGs, and fMRI BOLD, and in understanding what their combined analysis can reveal about the dynamical and functional organization of neural circuits at different spatial and temporal scales. The laboratory is equipped with a recently upgraded high end computational cluster comprising more than 200 CPUs. The Italian Institute of Technology joined the VISUALISE project from Month 11.