The K. Lisa Yang ICoN center will use mathematical tools to transform data into a deep understanding of the brain.
About the Center
The ICoN Center, made possible through a $24 million gift from philanthropist Lisa Yang and led by McGovern Institute Associate Investigator Ila Fiete, creates mathematical models and computational tools to synthesize data across scales of neuroscience and advance our understanding of the brain.Learn more about us
Episodic Memory and Exploration
Center researchers are building rich neural circuit models of spatial and non-spatial memory, cognitive map making, exploration, risk-taking, to understand how experience, learning, genes, and internal drive and emotions interact to shape how we see and remember the world and interact with it.
Working closely with clinicians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, center investigators are creating tools that automatically detect and analyze perseverative behaviors, stereotypies, and other characteristic behaviors seen in psychiatric and developmental disorders, with the goal of creating an aid for early diagnosis and treatment.
Cognition and Attention
This pillar of the center is focused on building computational models that show how genes and the environment interact in development and adulthood to shape cognitive functions—particularly the processing of social cues, executive control, and language— in both health and disease.
With new experimental windows on the neural circuits that control sleep (which is essential for brain function and is often disrupted in aging and psychiatric disorders) scientists will build circuit-level models of brain activity during sleep and sleep-state regulation to explore the molecular and circuit-level knobs that can control sleep.
The ICoN Center takes a uniquely collaborative approach to computational neuroscience, integrating data across MIT labs to explain brain function at every level, from the molecular to the behavioral.Meet our Researchers