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Peter Neri

Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs

CNRS Director of Research, head of Vision team

29 rue d'Ulm

75005 Paris France


2nd floor, room 226
+33 (0)1 44 32 22 91
Short Biography

Peter Neri graduated from the sister institution of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He then trained between Britain and California, starting with a PhD in Oxford followed by 3 brief postdocs at Stanford, Cambridge and UC Berkeley. He was subsequently supported by a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society, and is now a CNRS researcher.

Research Interests

My core interest is to understand how sensory signals are processed by neural devices to drive and control behaviour. By 'understand' I mean being able to account for all measurable aspects of sensory processing through simple models consisting of a small number of elements embedded within a physiologically plausible circuit. A key feature of my work is the tight integration between experimental characterization on the one hand, and computational accounts of the empirical results on the other. I strive to integrate the two approaches as closely as possible. Over the years I have studied various visual and auditory phenomena in humans and animals, ranging from motion processing in fly neurons to natural image understanding in humans.


I lecture in the masters of cognitive sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, EHESS, Universités Paris 5 and Paris 6.

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LaboratoryLaboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs
  • Peter Neri
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