Jeff Orchard

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo.

I am a mathematician, computer scientist, and Associate Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. I received my BMath from Waterloo in 1994, my MSc in applied math from UBC in 1996, and my PhD in computing science from SFU in 2003.

Though much of my research career so far has been devoted to medical image processing, my real passion is to understand the brain and how it drives human behaviour. Since childhood, I've been fascinated by how we perceive the world through our senses, and use that knowledge to make decisions. How are memories encoded? And what is consciousness? These are the big questions I want answers to. I use computer simulations of neural networks, and mathematical models in an effort to unravel these mysteries.