The Active Touch Laboratory uses methods in psychophysics, computational modelling, and robotics to investigate tactile sensing in people and intelligent machines.
How do the mechanical properties of the skin affect neural coding? Our research aims to uncover how mechanical contact events propagate through the skin, both on a coarse and a small scale, and then drive individual mechanoreceptor responses.
We build large-scale models that simulate population responses from thousands of mechanoreceptive afferents innervating the hand or the foot. These models can help investigate neural coding on the population level and are employed in neuroprosthetic and robotics applications.
Using computational models ranging from the abstract to the detailed, we explore how touch is represented in the brain. We also investigate how these representations can adapt over time and how they might shape perception.
The lab's first preprint and Giulia's first publication is up on bioRxiv.31/03/2020
Laura presents at Neuromatch online conference!09/12/2019
Our paper 'Nonlinear scaling of resource allocation in sensory bottlenecks' is accepted to NeurIPS 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.01/11/2019
Giulia joins the lab as a PhD student! She will be working on projects as part of the NeuTouch collaboration. Welcome Giulia!