Hi, I'm Jascha Achterberg, a Neuroscience and AI Researcher  at the University of Cambridge*.

*(I submitted my PhD and am in the process of moving to the University of Oxford to join Rui Ponte Costa's lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. I will also be at Columbia University in Summer 2024.)

As a PhD student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, I study the general principle underlying computations in biological and artificial intelligence. I combine large scale neuroscience data with artificial neural networks and hardware-optimisation to work out which features underlie highly efficient learning and inference in brains to translate them into neuroscience-inspired artificial intelligence (NeuroAI). With this I hope to understand the general principles underlying computation in biological and artificial networks.


To achieve this very interdisciplinary goal, I am supervised by John Duncan (Cambridge) and Matthew Botvinick (Google DeepMind). My research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. I am also a part of the NeuroAI research team at Intel Labs.

Alongside my basic research, I am working with my colleague Danyal Akarca to translate our models and findings from computational neuroscience to improve mental health diagnostics and treatment. Through our project Psynergy Mental Health we collaborate with the NHS and Cambridge Enterprise to make our solutions available to the public. 

Get in touch!

Please get in touch if you are interested in my work in any way or form. I am excited to hear from researchers, students and companies pursuing the same goals. If you work for a school or other organisation and would be interested in hearing more about my work and computational neuroscience in general, I would be delighted to help organise an outreach activity with you!

Feel free to reach out at jascha.achterberg@dpag.ox.ac.uk or contact me on Bluesky @achterbrain, Twitter @achterbrain and Mastodon @achterbrain@mastodon.social.