Martina G. Vilas

Martina G. Vilas

Neuroscience PhD student

Max-Planck-Institute AE

about me

I’m a PhD student at the Neuroscience Department of the Max-Planck-Institute AE in Frankfurt, Germany.

My current work focuses on understanding how the brain represents abstract knowledge, and how it uses this type of information to make predictions about future events. More broadly, I’m interested in the development of computational methods that probe the format and structure of neural representations.

I also advocate for open and reproducible science (particularly computational reproducibility). I’m a core contributor and mantainer of The Turing Way and a past mentor and current expert in the Open Life Science program. I like contributing to open-source projects related to data-science, and mentor first-time contributors that belong to underrepresented groups in technology.


what I’m currently working on

Investigating the content and representational format of information in higher-level brain areas

What features of our everyday experiences are high-level brain areas processing? How do they represent, store or retrieve abstract information? How much and in what ways do they depend on the processes taking place lower in the hierarchy?

Tracking the content and spatio-temporal unfolding of top-down predictions across the cortical hierarchy

Our brain not only processes incoming information from the environment, but also continuously predicts upcoming events. How are these predictions encoded in natural, and thus complex, situations? Which are they neural underpinnings? How do they propagate across the cortical hierarchy?


recent and upcoming

Computational reproducibility: A how-to guide based on The Turing Way

This talk gives an introduction to The Turing Way, and shows some tips for ensuring computational reproducibility in your research project.

The Turing Way: A guide to reproducible, ethical and collaborative research practices

This talk gives an introduction to The Turing Way and how to get involved with the project.

Creating a Jupyter Book with The Turing Way

Jupyter Book is an open source project for building publication-ready online books with computational files. The Turing Way is a community-led book project on learning computational skills, which is hosted online as a Jupyter Book. In this tutorial, you will learn about the collaborative nature of both projects and create your own Jupyter Book using files and chapters from The Turing Way as examples.


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