The Brunton Lab is broadly interested at the intersection of brain, behavior, and data---how can we best leverage data-intensive approaches to help us make sense of our minds? We bridge the gap between experimental neuroscience data and computational modeling techniques. Projects in the lab span the space between methods development to data-driven modeling, using model organisms from invertebrates to rodents to primates, including humans.

A few particular research areas we are excited about:

Research Support

We gratefully acknowledge funding support for our research from:

Recent News

September 29, 2020

Congrats to alums Kam, Aditya, and Nate

As we start the new Fall quarter, I am delighted to move three valued lab members to the Alum section! Kameron Decker Harris is now an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Western Washington University; Aditya Nair is now an Assistant Profess of Mechanical Engineering at University of Nevada, Reno; and Nate Linden is now a Ph.D. student studying at UCSD. Congratulations to all, come back to visit and we will celebrate in-person when we are able!

April 01, 2020

Zoe and Biraj both receive the NSF GRFP fellowships!

Congratulations to Zoe Steine-Hanson and Biraj Pandey, who both received NSF GRFP's to support their graduate research. We're very happy for you!

January 01, 2020

Welcome new postdocs!

Happy new year! We have three new postdocs who have joined the lab: Ali Weber, Alice Schwarze, and Katie Stanchak. Come say hi to them on the third floor of LSB.

October 01, 2019

Welcome new graduate students!

Welcome to the 3 new graduate students who have joined the group! Come say hi to Michelle Hickner (Mech Eng), Ellie Strandquist (CS), and Zoe Steine-Hanson (CS).

April 08, 2019

MURI awarded

Our team has received one of this year's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grants awarded by the DOD/AFOSR to investigate neural-inspired sparse sensing and control for agile flight.


I'll be leading the team from UW and working with collaborators Steve Brunton (UW Mech Eng), Tom Daniel (UW Bio), Nathan Kutz (UW AMath), Sarah Bergbreiter (CMU Mech Eng), and Jon How (MIT Aero Astro). 

March 11, 2019

Full steam ahead.

Just got the official news: I've been promoted with tenure, effective Sept 2019.

November 30, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy X. R. Wang!

Nancy defended her thesis on "Brains in the wild!" The lab celebrated with hot pot and karaoke. Dr. Wang is headed off to start a position at IBM Research.

October 19, 2018

Lab moved to new Life Sciences Building, and welcome Steve Peterson!

A warm welcome to Steve Peterson, who started as a new postdoc this week, just in time to miss all the responsibility of moving the lab and enjoy the brand-new building! Come say hi to meet Steve and to check out the new space.

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