Simon, Jonathan

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Department of Biology
Institute for Systems Research
Clark School of Engineering
College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences
2145 A.V. Williams Building
Phone: 
301-405-3645

Dr. Simon's research program has components at three different hierarchical levels: auditory neural computations observable macroscopically (at the whole brain level) with magnetoencephalography (MEG), auditory neural computations at the level of small networks of neurons (e.g. a few dozen neurons involved in a single computation), and auditory neural computations at the level of individual neurons. A fourth research area develops new ideas in the signal processing of neural data and in computational neuroscience.

General Research Interests: 
  • Auditory neural computations and representations,
  • Magnetoencephalography and cortical physiology
  • Signal processing in biological systems
  • Computational and theoretical neuroscience
Background: 

Jonathan Simon joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in January '01 and the Biology Department in July '02. He was an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Systems Research until 2013, when he received an ISR joint appointment. His expertise is applied and theoretical neuroscience. He earned his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and did postdoctoral research in theoretical general relativity (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Maryland-College Park) before embracing the field of neuroscience.

Simon is co-director of the Computational Sensorimotor Systems Laboratory (CSSL) with ECE/ISR professor Timothy Horiuchi. CSSL focuses on the investigation, modeling and implementation of biological sensorimotor systems for both scientific and engineering purposes. Simon's research focuses on neural processing in the brain's auditory system, from specialized processing found only in humans (used in speech processing) to generalized processing found in most mammals, including sound localization.