About me

My project: Active sensing strategies and perceptual coding   READ MORE

Research Topics: Tactile perception

Institution: SISSA


  • BSc in Animal Biology(University of Isfahan, 2012-2016)
  • MSc in Animaly Physiology(Unniversity of Isfahan,2017-2019)

Nationality: Iranian

Research Interest

Cognitive neuroscience is one of the fruitful ways that we recognize and comprehend the nature of our self as a biologic entity and can use the outputs of this way to enhance our facility in life. Neural mechanisms of tactile perception and cognition is most astonishing aspect of this field because touch is one of first senses that appeared in animal kingdom.

Neutouch for me

I like to work on cognitive neuroscience in a broad range and Neu Touch provides such situation.


ESR3 -  Active sensing strategies and perceptual coding 

  • Overview


    Identification of neural network architectures for reproducing biological receptive field responses and implementation in neuromorphic hardware. Design, simulation, fabrication and characterization of neuromorphic circuits for spike-based computation of tactile sensory data. EExamine how rats execute motor strategies to optimize sensory inputs and the neuronal coding of vibration features at multiple stages of peripheral and cortical processing. Here we will explore the transformation of the sensory code as it leads to a perceptual code, one that determines the animal’s choice. Explore temporal integration – how stimulus coding and the accompanying percept evolves as sampling time increases – and spatial integration– how stimulus coding and the accompanying percept evolves as the number of spatial input channels (whiskers in rats or fingertips in humans) increases.


    Characterization of active sensation in rats (execution of motor strategies to optimize the information content of the sensory pathway) and sampling of neuronal population for joint analysis of behaviorally-accessible signals with IIT.

  • Secondments

      • USFD-IIT-iCub:
        to learn how to test the active sensing strategies on a humanoid robot
      • UGOT:
        micrography on humans
  • Supervisors

    • M. Diamond,
    • H. Saal,
    • C. Bartolozzi,
    • L. Natale,
    • J. Wessberg
  • Tags

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 813713 ).
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