Jeff Orchard

I am an Associate Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. I am also a core member of the Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience.

My students and I form the Neurocognitive Computing Lab. Through computational experiments and mathematical analysis, we try to understand the neurological basis of perception, cognition, and behaviour.

Latest News

Say hi to Mallory

We welcome the Lab's newest graduate student

Teaching a robot

Alex is using reinforcement learning to teach a robot to reach

Speaking at NeuRIG

Jeff spoke about "Bridging between Computers and Cortex" to Lakehead University's Neuroscience Research Interest Group

Writeup feature for CS home page

Nolan's work (recently published in PLOS ONE) was featured by the Cheriton School of CS. It also garnered a shout-out on ACM TechNews

Neuroscience: A computational problem

Jeff was featured in an imprint article entitled Neuroscience: A computational problem

PLOS ONE Paper Published

Nolan Shaw, Tyler Jackson, and Jeff Orchard had their paper published in PLOS ONE

Wei Sun Thesis

Congratulations to Wei Sun for finishing his Masters degree.

Publication: Neural Computation

My master's student, Wei Sun, and I published our work in the journal Neural Computation.

Accepted: IEEE Trans. Cognitive and Developmental Systems

Lin Wang and I have another paper accepted, this one in IEEE Trans. Cognitive and Developmental Systems

NeurIPS Workshop Paper

We will be presenting a paper at the workshop Perception as Generative Reasoning

Journal Paper Accepted

Our paper was accepted for publication in IEEE TSMC-Systems

Journal Paper Accepted

Our paper on detecting water leaks using neural networks was accepted.

Interviewed for 'Why Code?'

Interview about why coding is fun and important

Best Paper Award at ICONIP

J Orchard, L Castricato, "Combatting Adversarial Inputs using a Predictive-Estimator Network", International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP), 7 pages, 2017.

Debate: Is the mind a machine?

Jeff debated Matt Dickerson of Middlebury College.