Sebastian Seung


Professor of Computational Neuroscience, MIT
Scientific Director, WiredDifferently
Author, Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

MIT, 46-5065
43 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
fax: 617-452-2913

List of publications (by category) (chronological)

Dr. Seung is Professor of Computational Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studied theoretical physics with David Nelson at Harvard University and completed postdoctoral training with Haim Sompolinsky at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining the MIT faculty, he was a member of the Theoretical Physics Department at Bell Laboratories. He has been a Packard Fellow, Sloan Fellow, McKnight Scholar, and PopTech Science Fellow.

Dr. Seung directs the scientific programs of WiredDifferently, an organization that supports “citizen neuroscience.” Its first project is EyeWire, which mobilizes volunteers to map the retinal connectome. The ultimate goal of WiredDifferently is to test the hypothesis that the uniqueness of a person, from memories to mental disorders, lies in his or her connectome.

His research has been communicated to the general public by the TED talk “I am my connectome,” book Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are, and article “Connectomics: Tracing the Wires of the Brain.

Some more technical (but relatively accessible) writings include “Towards Functional Connectomics” (how to relate the functions of neurons to their connections), “Reading the Book of Memory: Sparse Sampling versus Dense Mapping of Connectomes” (the plan to read memories from connectomes), and “Machines that Learn to Segment Images: a Crucial Technology for Connectomics” (automating the analysis of electron microscopic images of the brain). For a longer list of readings, see the joint Harvard-MIT class on connectomics.

Web/Mobile Developer Wanted

We are looking for a web/mobile developer to create a "citizen science" platform for connectomics. Applicants should have experience with HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, and PHP/Python/Ruby, as well as refined design sensibilities. Experience with online games, WebGL, and tablet/mobile products is also desirable. Interested candidates should send a resume, brief statement of interest, sample web site(s) or mobile app(s), and the names of three references to Sebastian Seung.